AMES – Chloe Hoenig of West Point, IA spent two weeks this summer at the ninth annual United States Department of Agriculture sponsored, AgDiscovery program hosted by Iowa State University in Ames IA.
Chloe will be a Junior at Fort Madison High School this coming school year and plans to attend Iowa State University’s Veterinarian Program after high school.
AgDiscovery is an outreach program to help high school students learn about careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management and agribusiness. The program allows students to live on a college campus and learn about agriculture from university professors and scientists in a variety of fields. The focus of ISU’s AgDiscovery program is the interconnections between wildlife biology and conservation, laboratory technology and diagnostics, animal science and veterinary medicine.
Participants spent two weeks living at Buchanan Hall, eating at Conversations Dining Hall on the ISU campus, and visited facilities including Blank Park Zoo, Jester Park Equestrian Center, Reiman Gardens, Native Prairie Bison Ranch, Springbrook State Park, Animal Rescue League, C & M Acres Alpaca Farm, Obviously Ostriches, Rimallama, Green Ash Goat Farm, Calkins Nature Center, Olofson Shooting Range, Wild Rose Pastures, Quam Family Farm, Hawkeye Breeders Service, Story City Locker, Dallas County Weigh Station, ISU Poultry Farms, ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, MG Biologics, USDA’s National Centers for Animal Health, and USDA Wildlife Services at Des Moines International Airport.
Students got “hands on” experience in anatomy, bacteriology, hematology, parasitology, immunology, embryology, animal necropsies, small animal dentistry, epidemiology and other veterinary diagnostic procedures. Students also participated in diversity, character- and team-building activities and visited local cultural attractions such as the High Trestle Bridge near Madrid, Iowa.
Iowa State University is one of 22 university programs that participated in the USDA’s AgDiscovery Program in 2018. Each university’s AgDiscovery program focuses on a specific area of interest to our nation’s agriculture, such as plant health, entomology, veterinary science, animal care, wildlife biology, biotechnology, animal health and agribusiness. AgDiscovery is a unique opportunity for students to gain a first-hand look at the many career paths open to them in the agricultural sciences.
To learn more about the AgDiscovery program, please contact Ms. Tammy Lowry of the USDA-APHIS Office of the Administrator, Office of Civil Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion, (301) 851-4181, Tammy.H.Lowry@aphis.usda.gov.