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Our Jersey, Betty Davis

Mar 19
Betty is friendly

Betty is friendly

We have a Jersey cow on our property.  We have affectionately named her, Betty Davis.

Betty is curious

Betty is curious

She is friendly, to me at least.  The veterinarians who enter her pen claim that she tries to heat butt them.

Betty loves to be scratched

Betty loves to be scratched

She is curious.  She also enjoys a good scratch, under her chin, and behind her horns.

Filed Under: Animals, Education, UC Davis

Welcome, Porterville High Vet Science Class!

Mar 15

Today, the VMTRC was privileged to welcome the Porterville High School Veterinary Science Class.  Michelle Evans brought a group of Juniors over.

Dr. Lehenbauer introduced the VMTRC, Dr. Moeller narrated a necropsy video, Kathy Glenn showed how the Milk Quality Lab identifies organisms, and Jen Crook condensed a one year DNA course into 10 minutes!

Dr. Moeller, relates a necropsy, to . . .opening a present!

Dr. Moeller, relates a necropsy, to . . .opening a present!

Dr. Lehenbauer introduces the VMTRC

Dr. Lehenbauer introduces the VMTRC

Smile, you're not in the classroom today!

Smile, you’re not in the classroom today!

Kathy Glenn in the Milk Quality Lab

Kathy Glenn in the Milk Quality Lab

Jen Crook, DNA lab

Jen Crook, DNA lab

Cardboard Cow visits 2014 Kern County Farm Day

Mar 15

Jen Crook and Grant Jones-Wiebe took the Cardboard Cow, real cow bones, vet tools and more to the Kern County Farm Day yesterday, 13 March 2014.

The students learned a little bit about the life of a veterinarian and a lab scientist.  They saw how to palpate Cardboard Cow and find . . . a calf!  Please enjoy these short videos of the fun drama that Jen and I use to teach these lessons.

Video: Cardboard Cow Part 1, Train Students

Video: Cardboard Cow Part 2, Lab Tests

Video: Cardboard Cow Part 3, Calf

Here are still photos of our time with the students.

Jen says, "In the lab, we swab samples onto petri dishes."

Jen says, “In the lab, we swab samples onto petri dishes.”

"Mr Vet, your cow has a Staph infection!"

“Mr Vet, your cow has a Staph infection!”

Cardboard Cow isn't sick.  She's going to have a calf!

Cardboard Cow isn’t sick. She’s going to have a calf!

They were all able to hear their own heartbeat with a stethoscope.  Then they had time to explore the vet tools, models of animals, and real cow bones.

"I can hear it!  I can hear my heart beat!"

“I can hear it! I can hear my heart beat!”

Jen answering questions about vet tools

Jen answering questions about vet tools

Students exploring with real cow bones.

Students exploring with real cow bones.

Students explore the models of animals.

Students explore the models of animals.

"I can ... almost feel...I TOUCHED THE CALF!"

“I can … almost feel…I TOUCHED THE CALF!”

Spring DPM Students are here!

Mar 6

A warm spring VMTRC welcome to our current Dairy Production Medicine Students.  All three are from UC Davis.  Rebecca Hall, Sean Hardcastle, and Michelle Morelos; Welcome to the VMTRC!

Rebecca Hall, Sean Hardcastle, and Michelle Morelos

Rebecca Hall, Sean Hardcastle, and Michelle Morelos

web_IMG_0483All three came to work…well not construction.  They are able to watch the work being done on the site that will house the new trailers for our students.

Foremost Farms came to visit!

Feb 13
Dr. Lehenbauer introduced the VMTRC.

Dr. Lehenbauer introduced the VMTRC.

Dr. Blanchard, CAHFS Brach Chief spoke.

Dr. Blanchard, CAHFS Brach Chief spoke.

Karen Tonooka described the function of the Milk Quality Lab.

Karen Tonooka described the function of the Milk Quality Lab.

Jen Crook gave a 15 course in microbiology.

Jen Crook gave a 15 course in microbiology.

Norm Kadrowski from Foremost Farms, web address http://www.foremostfarms.com/, brought some representatives from their coop to our place for a visit.

Delightful tour, please come again!