AgDiscovery Program exposes students to unique career paths

Students attending FVSU's Ag Discovery program.

June 12, 2015 – More than a dozen students from across the country recently spent a part of their summer being exposed to unique career paths such as plant pathology and animal science through the AgDiscovery Program at Fort Valley State University.

Aislinn Slaugenhaupt, a participant in the 2015 AgDiscovery Program at FVSU, said she’s grown up wanting to be a veterinarian most of her life. Before she makes her decision about college, the rising high school senior said she applied to AgDiscovery to explore other facets of agriculture.

“I realized there is a lot I can do with [a degree in] agriculture. I think one day I might want to work with the USDA,” Slaugenhaupt said. For her two-week experience in Georgia, Aislinn said she looks forward to getting hands on experience in applied agriculture and attending the field trip to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

The students traveled from places like Albuquerque, Atlanta and Pittsburg to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture funded outreach program being offered on college campuses throughout the U.S. The program allows students to explore careers in professions such as animal science, veterinary medicine, plant pathology and agribusiness.

From June 1-12, students lived in a dormitory on FVSU’s campus, participated in hands-on lab activities, team building exercises and field trips.

In addition to the Georgia Aquarium, participants will also traveled to the University of Georgia’s Center for Veterinary Medicine in Athens, Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta and to the Atlanta Zoo.

“This is a great opportunity for FVSU and USDA to partner and promote the various fields of agriculture,” said Dr. George McCommon, coordinator of FVSU’s 2015 AgDiscovery Program and head of FVSU’s Department of Veterinary Sciences and Public Health.

On the first full day, McCommon said students anesthetized a horse, fed goats and learned about microbiology. He also mentioned that since FVSU began participating in the program five years ago, some of the students have graduated high school and applied to FVSU.

For more information about AgDiscovery, visit To learn more about FVSU’s College of Agriculture, call (478) 825- 6344, or visit