Animal science technology program introduces four majors

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March 27, 2019
More specialized courses and student-managed learning opportunities plus the addition of equine into the program are among the benefits of Lakeland’s restructured animal science technology program.
Starting this fall, students in the animal science technology program will enter the two-year diploma program in a specific major: beef science, equine science, dairy science or livestock science. The program prepares graduates to work in the private sector or service side of the livestock industry in the areas of production, management and technical support.
“This new structure allows students in the beef, equine and dairy majors to take additional courses specific to that animal species. For those who want to learn more about multiple species, the livestock science major is their best choice,” says Geoff Brown, associate dean of Lakeland’s School of Agricultural Sciences.
Lakeland is no longer accepting applications to the one-year western ranch and cow horse certificate program. 
"With the equine major in the animal science technology program, students will take horse training and cattle handling courses as well as more science-based courses focused on equine production. Graduates of the animal science technology program have the option to transfer their diploma credits towards a degree program at another post-secondary institution,” says Brown.
The second year of the animal science technology program includes two student-managed farm (SMF) courses. Students manage a livestock enterprise on the college’s Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland at the Vermilion campus, explained Bevin Hamilton, program head of animal science technology.
“Right now we have purebred beef, commercial beef, dairy, sheep and livestock research SMF animal science units. We’re going to create two additional SMF units for students to lead,” says Hamilton, noting the two new units haven’t been finalized but they anticipate that one will focus on equine training and the other on equine husbandry.
To learn more, go to an overview of the new AST majors.