Animal Health is a required course for our Captive Wildlife Care & Education and Sustainable Agriculture majors, but it’s a popular course for other students, too. If you haven’t noticed, Unity is home to animal lovers of all stripes: wardens, zookeepers, researchers, farmers, and pet-owners to name a few.
This semester, adjunct instructor Julie Kosch’s Animal Health class not only spent time in the classroom, lab, and on field trips- but they also got to feel the first-hand responsibility of managing an animal as a team. Julie facilitated the long-term visit of a bull calf to our barn. The course examines the role of caretakers in animal health. While the class may be based heavily on the perspective of animal keepers in zoos, other aspects of animal work are covered. In the calf project, a farm animal is being incorporated to teach the basics- and also examine the differences between care of production animals and zoo or rehabilitation critters.
Students in this class become familiar with common health concerns for captive animals, including mechanisms for minimizing disease transmission, utility of animal training in maintaining health, preventative medicine, and general veterinary procedures. In this case, bottle raising a calf poses some unique challenges, which students have been asked to manage as a team, under Julie’s experienced eye. The calf is heading home before he gets too big for our barn, but before he does, the whole campus community is invited to get a closer look.
Stop by the barn this Friday 3/1 10:00am-2:00pm to visit with the bull calf, Julie, and some of her students.