From freshman year, animal science students get to attend classes at the barn. Beginning sophomore year, we have animal care as homework and a grade. As part of the sophomore curriculum our reproduction and nutrition classes require us to go out to the barns and feed. It can be a burden to have to work every week, but in the end, the relationships made during barn hours are worth the time and effort!
For my animal nutrition class, I am required to go out to the barn once a week and take a feeding time. The times are the same as show cattle—7:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. Additionally, each student works one weekend per semester. At feedings, there are around ten people that are then divided into three groups. Each group is assigned a certain number of animals … Read More »
Monday morning was exciting and fun as I went to the barn to help break in the new calves for the Show Cattle Team. Monday was the first day that the calves had seen a halter and had contact with people, so it made for quite the challenge in haltering them and tying them to the gates. Two of us, myself and another team member from last year, were sent to halter up all ten calves. We knew what to do, but it was certainly easier said than done!
We climbed into the pen, and they all gave us a wide-eyed stare. If we moved toward them, they would go running the other direction. One calf loved to run and kick at us! I had some close calls and got head butted a few times — one cow was throwing his head … Read More »
So it looked and seemed like forever until it was move-in day, but it came up really fast. This year, I am honored and have the privilege of being a Resident Assistant (RA). With only one year under my belt at UF, I am kind of nervous, but excited at the same time. I’m sure it will be a great year!
As RAs we arrive at campus two weeks before students do so that we can attend training. With a few days into the training, I will definitely say it is a little weird and extremely quiet having no one around. Its both nice and makes you feel out of place when you are used to having four boys in your house all summer. Our training consists of team building activities, ice breakers, getting to know each other and … Read More »
Now that I’m back from Japan, I stay busy working at Belle Vie Farm and doing some landscaping. At the farm, there is never a dull moment when working from sun up to sun down. I’ll be working there until it’s time for me to head back to UF for fall semester. I absolutely love it!
Belle Vie Farm is a one of a kind farm in Honeoye Falls, New York, that is iron free — no bits or shoes. At the farm, we have 18 horses that are either in training or are used for lessons. Each horse has its own story and past that makes them a unique challenge and enjoyment to work with. I have seen unrideable horses progress to the point of trotting around the arena with a rider on their back as a … Read More »
Our last week in Japan went by super fast. The first half of the week consisted of saying our goodbyes to everyone at Rakuno Gakuen University as we would be leaving Hokkaido on Wednesday and head to Tokyo.
During the last weekend in Hokkaido we attended the Yosakoi Dance Festival where different Japanese groups compete against each other. Rakuno Gakuen University had a team that was performing so we went to cheer them on and watch some of the other talented groups perform as well.
After barbecuing, karaoke, the dance festival, attending classes, sight seeing, puppy training class and so much more it was time to say good-bye, or what we would rather think of as “see you soon,” to all our Japanese friends that had shared their homes and time and helped us experience their culture in a positive way. Our … Read More »
Our last three days in Japan were spent sight seeing and shopping around in Tokyo. Tokyo is a humongous city!! I hadn’t realized how big the city actually was until I looked at the train map. It was overwhelming, but impressive at the same time. When we arrived in Tokyo we met up with a UF professor, Dr. Kawamura, who had been working with us this past spring semester.
The days in Tokyo were filled with lots of walking, train rides, stairs and good food. My favorite part of going to Tokyo was being able to meet up with one of my friends from high school who was an exchange student — her hometown was in Tokyo. We ended up spending nearly two days with her. I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with her and seeing … Read More »
Our second week is done and was full of some new adventures and experiences in the animal clinic at Rakuno Gakuen University. While working in the clinic, I was able to see two eye surgeries — one where the dog had glaucoma in the eye and was getting a prosthetic eye. It was so cool! The next day we got to see a spinal cord surgery. The dog was an old Dachshund that was showing lameness in its hind legs. After several X-rays and an MRI, the veterinarian saw many compressions of the spine. There was one really bad compression of the spinal cord, so the veterinarian decided to do surgery to remove the compression.
In the middle of the week, we got to take a break from the clinic and spend some time outside at the Maruyama Zoo in western … Read More »
(Editor’s Note: Madison is on a summer study tour for pre-veterinary medicine students at Rakuno Gakuen University in Ebetsu, Hokkaido, Japan. The University of Findlay established a partnership for cultural and academic exchange experiences with Rakuno Gakuen University in 2008.)
Hello from Japan!
After a thirteen hour flight from a six hour layover in Chicago, my colleagues and I made it safely to Japan. Once out of the airport, our adventures began along with a busy schedule. We have begun to attend classes at the Rakuno Gakuen University. Among our great experiences so far: we witnessed a bear necropsy, saw dolphins and milked the school’s dairy cows early in the morning. This week our activities include doing clinicals in the school’s animal hospital. Yesterday we got to see two eye surgeries and do x-rays — I’m learning so much!
One of the things I’ve … Read More »
I have just finished one of the best years of my life! Finishing my first year of college feels amazing and quite an accomplishment. I’m most definitely going to miss all my friends, the laughter and adventures – in fact, I already do! I couldn’t have asked for anything better than what I got. My floor mates were absolutely amazing as we always had an open door policy, movie nights, homework study sessions, fun and time to just chill together.
Choosing to come to Findlay was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I cannot wait to see these girls again next year! Even though I am disappointed that I can’t see all my friends and these amazing girls everyday I am busy getting ready for the adventures of summer. This summer I am working at a horse … Read More »
A couple weeks ago I closed my last show at Findlay. It was bittersweet, as have been all the goodbyes I’ve said. I know theatre is something I will take into the rest of my life, but I know that I will miss the people I have worked with these past four years at Findlay.
It is truly amazing how much college will change you. If you open yourself up to new activities and never get tired of asking questions, you will leave college with few regrets. But you can’t do everything, and at the end of the four years there will be things you wish you had done more of. I wish I had done more intramural sports. I miss playing sports and wish I had become a part of that community of students. But I invested my time into … Read More »