Veterinary Science Students Gain Hands-On Experience

The agriculture lab at the OESJ high school has had a visitor for the past couple of weeks. A crossbred dairy heifer calf was loaned to the agriculture classes from Rock-View Farm in Saint Johnsville.  The calf’s main purpose was to help the Veterinary Science course learn about physical exams. Students in the course completed a physical exam on the calf where they took her respiration rate, temperature, pulse, capillary refill time, weight and many other exams that veterinarians perform on a daily basis. This gave students a hands-on experience with an animal they may not normally handle. Many days the calf was fed by the Animal Science class in the morning and cared for throughout the day by many students in the entire school. Throughout the week, the students were able to suggest
names for the calf and the name was determined by a student vote. The students decided the name of the calf would be “Tru-Moo”. The calf has spent the first two weeks of its life in the agriculture shop, but is heading back to the farm to become a productive cow some day. The agriculture classes would like to thank Rock-View Farm for loaning the calf and the housing to increase opportunities for the students!