July 25, 2012 – Fort Valley State University exposed students from across the country to veterinary medicine, animal science and plant science during a two-week federally funded program that concluded at a ceremony June 29 on campus.
Fourteen students participated in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s AgDiscoveryProgram sponsored by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The program is held at 13 institutions, including University of Maryland, Iowa State University and Kentucky State University. Students from 14 to 17 years old participated. FVSU worked with the USDA to select students from a pool of 83 applicants.
Students got hands-on experience in labs and worked with sheep, companion animals, goats and laboratory animals. In addition, participants visited farms, the APHIS office at the Atlanta airport, the National Dog Detection Training Center, the Agrirama museum, Zoo Atlanta and the GeorgiaAquarium for behind-the-scene tours.
The closing ceremony at the Wildcat Commons clubhouse started at 11:30 a.m. and lasted about two hours. Dr. Govind Kannan, dean of the College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, and Dr. Mark Latimore Jr., interim vice president for land-grant affairs, addressed the crowd of about 50 people. They stressed the importance of hard work and how it pays off both academically and professionally.
With family, faculty and staff watching, the students received certificates for their participation in the program. They also delivered group PowerPoint presentations about their AgDiscovery experiences and shared what they learned.
“You meet so many cool people here and there’s just so many cool things you get to do here,” said Dillon Jones, a rising senior at Warner Robins High School. “I learned that I definitely want to be a small animal vet.”
Dr. Brou Kouakou, who oversees FVSU’s small ruminant center and coordinated the program, said, “The purpose of this program is to expose students to the agricultural fields and increase the number of graduates in the field of veterinary sciences.”
For more information, contact Dr. Brou Kouakou at (478) 827-3091 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FVSU Agricultural Communications Department (478) 825-6345