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Cardboard Cow and friends, appear at Meadow Lane Elementary!

May 30
What is a veterinarian?  "Oh, oh, oh, I know!"

What is a veterinarian? “Oh, oh, oh, I know!”

"When you say, 'Hi' to a cow, what does the cow say?"

“When you say, ‘Hi’ to a cow, what does the cow say?”

"How many stomach compartments does a cow have?"

“How many stomach compartments does a cow have?”

"Can you hear your heartbeat?"

“Can you hear your heartbeat?”

Teacher assisting, students learning.

Teacher assisting, students learning.

"Young doctors needed in emergency room, STAT!"

“Young doctors needed in emergency room, STAT!”

Listen for your heartbeat.

Listen for your heartbeat.

"How many stomach compartments does a cow have?"

“How many stomach compartments does a cow have?”

Jen Crook and Grant Jones-Wiebe brought Cardboard Cow with them to Meadow Lane Elementary School today.  We had fun!  In our routine, we ask them, “How does a doctor know what’s wrong with you?”  They say things like, “X-rays, temperature.”  We’re looking for, “You can tell the doctor.”

Then we ask, “When you ask a cow what’s wrong with her, what does she say?”  All answer, “MOOOOO!”  We respond, “What does that mean?”  Children shrug.  Today Jen said, “Could mean, ‘Hey, I like your shoes!’ or ‘Nice haircut!’”

Cardboard Cow visited Fresno County Farm Day, 2014!

Mar 22
Jen Crook shows bones

Jen Crook shows bones

Arianna "Auggie" Villarreal helps student hear their heartbeat!

Arianna “Auggie” Villarreal helps student hear their heartbeat!

Cardboard Cow isn't sick, she going to have a calf

Cardboard Cow isn’t sick, she going to have a calf

Children explore cow bones

Children explore cow bones

Children examine models of animals

Children examine models of animals

Today, Cardboard Cow visited the Fresno County Farm Day, with Jen Crook, Arianna “Auggie” Villarreal, and Grant Jones-Wiebe.

Thank you for coming, students and for exploring life through the eyes of a veterinarian.

Teachers and mentors, we hope to see you all next year!

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!”

Golden Oak HEART, Thanks for coming!

Oct 18
Ms Morgan Jacobsen (far left), Ms Rachel (far right),  5th and 6th graders (between)

Ms Morgan Jacobsen (far left), Ms Rachel (far right), 5th and 6th graders (between)

DPM students, Cassie Clemens, April Larsen, and Lauren Blair share their "How I decided to become a vet" stories

DPM students, Cassie Clemens, April Larsen, and Lauren Blair share their “How I decided to become a vet” stories

First Year Resident, Dr. Ed Hortman, and UCD PhD student, Dr. Gabriele Maier ask, "Who wants to be a vet?"

First Year Resident, Dr. Ed Hortman, and UCD PhD student, Dr. Gabriele Maier ask, “Who wants to be a vet?”

Dr. Blanchard teaches good hand washing practices with Dr. Moeller looking on

Dr. Blanchard teaches good hand washing practices with Dr. Moeller looking on

On Monday, 14 Oct. 2013, Morgan Jacobsen from the Golden Oak HEART site of the Pro Youth HEART program, brought some vibrant 5th and 6th graders to us!  They were thrilled to speak with our three Dairy Production Medicine students, Cassie Clemens, April Larsen and Lauren Blair, who told about the pets and incidents that led them into veterinary studies.  Our First Year Resident,  Dr. Ed Hortman,  and visiting PhD student, Dr. Gabriele Maier, asked the children to share their career dreams.

VMTRC Computer Resource Tech., Grant Jones-Wiebe, introduced the children to Cardboard Cow, directed while each one listened to their own heart beat with a stethoscope, and answered their questions regarding real cow bones, simple veterinary practices, and tools.
California Animal Health and Food Safety pathologists, Dr.’s Blanchard and Moeller, with the assistance of CAHFS Necropsy Technician, Natalie Jacobsen, directed the children through displays including a cow hairball, a steer brain, and intestinal parasites.  They also conducted a “glo-germ” experiment with the children, teaching good hand washing practices.
Thanks for coming and all the best to you.

 

Cardboard Cow goes to the Tulare Union High School Career Day!

Oct 9

 

Come on up, use a stethoscope to check if your heart is still pumping!

Come on up, use a stethoscope to check if your heart is still pumping!

Thank you Lisa Munoz for inviting me and Cardboard Cow to the Tulare Union High School Career Day!

For an Ag Careers talk, Lisa placed me in a conference room at Living Christ Church, with Ms. Christina Ashford from J. D. Heiskell, and Ms. Tricia Stover Blattler, from Tulare Farm Bureau.

Tricia challenged the students to learn their 21st century skills including:  dress to stand out not stick out; learn to read and write well and speak respectfully.

Christina encouraged them to take advantage of testing for jobs.  Personality testing, for instance, helps companies hire people into positions that are a good fit.

I asked them to consider identifying their abilities and skills and also the jobs that they do not like to do, then to work at developing their skills.   Just to get them off of their chairs and to give them a hands-on Ag Career experience, I invited each one to try to listen to their own heart beat with a stethoscope.  I told them about my interests in drama and other non-computer fields and how I use my creativity do things like create the Cardboard Cow.

We all encouraged them to take advantage of volunteer opportunities and internships.

Tulare Union High School Juniors.  Thanks for coming and listening.  You were awesome!  Now go and do good things with your lives!