Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

Students in this program will be introduced to the exciting, dynamic and ever-changing industry of agriculture, food and natural resources to develop skills and explore opportunities that can lead to careers from technician to advanced degrees. Topics in the class include animal health, plant science, soil and water conservation, urban and rural agriculture, business operations, sustainable practices, and agricultural technology. Students will learn through project-based learning, classroom activities, and lab work. Students will also visit local farms, businesses and related industries on field trips and job shadowing experiences. Leadership and teamwork skills may also be developed through membership in the National FFA organization. Local FFA activities, along with the state convention held at MSU, provide students with opportunities to learn from and participate in agriculture related presentations and competitions. This course offers college credit opportunities through Baker College and Michigan State University. Junior students may choose to return for their senior year for advanced studies.

Veterinary Medicine

This course covers an extensive volume of medical terminology, and details comparative anatomy and physiology with associated pathology. In addition, students will cover units in asepsis, infection control, zoonotic diseases, animal handling, basic animal health care, the human animal bond, legal obligations, ethics, safety, employability, and practice management. Students will have the opportunity to interact with live animals, attend a field trip, and participate in FFA. Successful students who elect to take a second year will cover many advanced topics in veterinary medicine including emergency care, large animal restraint and handling, principles of surgical nursing, wound management, clinical chemistry and serology, hematology, fluid therapy, pharmacology, parasitology, medical math, and advanced study projects. Students also attend field trips and spend six weeks each semester working at a clinical site. Students will need to provide their own transportation to their work based learning site.

 

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