Category Archives: Courses

Freshmen complete learning community focused on One Health

COLLEGE STATION – A group of Texas A&M University freshmen majoring in animal science or biomedical science recently completed a semester-long learning community course focused on the concept of One Health and how various fields of study and research contribute to its objective. One Health is a collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally and globally to attain sustained optimal health for humans, animals, plant and their physical environment interacting as a system, explained Dr. Matt Taylor, associate professor in the Department of Animal Science and primary… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension leads 4-H Equine Ambassador Program to train future leaders

By Olivia Norton Texas A&M AgriLife Extension invited 25 of the most promising equine driven 4-H students in Texas to Gainesville in July to try their hand at becoming an equine ambassador by completing a five-day program that allowed students to walk through and participate in each facet of the equine industry. The Equine Ambassador Program was introduced in 2012 with the help of Dr. Dennis Sigler, professor and Extension horse specialist, and Teri Antilley, Extension horse program specialist, in response to the popularity of a similar successful… Read More →

59th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course to feature cattle market outlook, trends

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The 59th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 5-7 at Texas A&M University in College Station will feature an update on market trends and outlook, plus a look at the future of the overall industry. “The goal of the short course each year is to provide the most cutting-edge information that is needed by beef cattle producers,” said Dr. Jason Cleere, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in College Station… Read More →

Apply now for 2013 Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium Teaching Program

CLOVIS — Students interested in gaining dairy education should apply for the 2013 Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium Teaching Program to be held May 13-June 21 in Clovis, N.M. Deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2013. Topics to be covered include: dairy herd evaluation and health, nutrition, cow comfort, sustainability and technology, genetics and breeding programs, reproductive programs and techniques, evaluating stress, heifer development, mastitis and milking machine management, managing a dairy and farm accounting. The SGPDC is a multi-university, interagency organization established to meet the educational and… Read More →

Animal Science professor makes Elephant Walk more than just a photo opportunity

By Cera Southerland, ’13 Every fall, Texas A&M University hosts one of its most interesting traditions, Elephant Walk. But there’s one class that gets a different experience out of this long-lived tradition. For more than 15 years, Dr. Ted Friend, a professor in animal behavior, has taken his Animal Science 310 class to Elephant Walk not just to take pictures with the elephants, but to meet the elephants, the elephant handlers, and to learn more about elephant husbandry and welfare. “We bring elephants in traditionally for picture-taking opportunities,”… Read More →

Turkey Tips from Texas Barbecue

by Hannah Rogers, ’12 In preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the Rosenthal Meat Science and Technology Center’s Texas Barbecue class has some tips to spice up your family’s table. Last Friday, the Texas A&M UGST Barbecue class embarked on a daylong turkey cooking extravaganza. The class started early that morning cooking the first of the three birds. Regents Professor Dr. Jeff Savell and Ray Riley, meat center manager, were on hand with tips and tricks for this Thanksgiving holiday. The first lesson in preparing your bird is… Read More →

Summer program engages students in undergraduate research

COLLEGE STATION — Animal science student Michelle Gutierrez had not conducted research prior to this summer, but now thanks to an undergraduate research program at Texas A&M University she knows the proper technique of staining tissues, extracting RNA and extracting testosterone from testicular tissue. Gutierrez, a senior from McAllen, was one of five undergraduate students who participated in an Honors and Undergraduate Research program called Summer Program in Undergraduate Research (SPUR), a program titled, “Integrated Physiology: a Tool to Enhance Undergraduate Research Experience in Animal Science.” Also participating… Read More →

New equine certificate available for Texas A&M students

COLLEGE STATION – The Department of Animal Science has established a new equine certificate that lays out a curriculum designed for students with a strong interest in equine science and industry. Beginning this fall, students of any major can complete 22 credits in select equine courses and receive the equine certificate in addition to their bachelor’s degree. “The equine certificate provides a structured curriculum for students with a strong interest in equine science, said Dr. David Forrest, associate head for academic programs. “The equine industry offers significant employment… Read More →

Students gain real-world dairy experience in New Mexico

CLOVIS, NEW MEXICO — Fifteen Texas A&M University students from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences spent six weeks in Clovis, New Mexico, this summer participating in the 5th annual Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium Teaching Program. The SGPDCT program was held May 14 – June 23 and brought together a total of 42 students from Texas A&M University, Tarleton State University, Texas Tech University, New Mexico State University, Eastern New Mexico University, University of Arizona, University of Florida, University of Idaho, University of Missouri, Colorado State… Read More →

New course gives students hands-on animal, research experiences

By Courtney Coufal Working newborn pigs, ultrasounding goats and measuring sarcomere lengths are typically skills an agriculture student does not learn until their third or fourth year in college, but for a group of Animal Science freshman and sophomores these experiences came early. A new course offered by the Department of Animal Science called Basic Animal and Research Experiences aims to bridge the gap between introductory animal science courses and upper-level specialized courses as well as basic science to applied science. Mainly designed for students with little agricultural… Read More →