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Dr. Philip Schroeder, Chair, phone: (607) 587-3983, secretary phone: (607) 587-4714
Email address: SchroePD@alfredstate.edu
Programs: Agricultural Business, Agricultural Technology, and Veterinary Technology
Classes and laboratories for students taking agriculture and veterinary technology courses are held primarily in the Agriculture Science Building, the Veterinary Technology Center, and at the college farm. The Agriculture Science Building contains laboratories specializing in soils, botany, and animal anatomy and physiology. A 5,300-square-foot greenhouse produces hydroponic vegetables, edible flowers, and herbs. The greenhouse also contains a tropical room, desert room, and plant propagation areas. Greenhouse plants are used for instruction in the botany, IPM, soils, sustainable vegetable and forage courses. The Veterinary Technology Center features Surgical and Radiography suites, a vivarium for lab animals and exotics, and kennel areas.
The college farm is the home to 135 registered Holsteins. Sixty lactating cows have a BAA of 108.7 and a rolling herd average of over 28,000 pounds with over 1,100 pounds of fat. Students experience all aspects of herd management. They also have an opportunity to participate in cattle showing as well as the opportunity to become a member of the Alfred State Dairy Judging Team that tours during the fall and spring semesters. The farm is also home to a small number of horses, both miniature and full size, alpacas, swine, poultry, and sheep that are used for instruction in animal care and management. The 800-acre farm is also used by soils, botany, feeds and nutrition, and field, and forage crops classes. Students have the opportunity to work on the farm as interns.
The college farm is also home to Alfred State's Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA). COSA features an organic dairy herd housed in a free stall barn completed in 2012. Management intensive grazing and a robotic milking system are key aspects of the organic dairy. Students will learn dairy herd management and animal health care protocols on both the conventional and organic pasture - based herds. In addition, field trips to very large dairy farms in Western and Central New York give students exposure to yet another category of operation. Our goal is to help students become creative problems solvers and decision makers in an industry characterized by rapid changes and continuous innovation.
The Experience Opportunity
All agriculture students participate in hands-on experiences working with crops, plants, animals, facilities, and equipment. Students are involved with all the enterprises relating to their field of study. Graduates leave our programs with a true feel for the industry they plan to enter. Veterinary technology students are prepared to sit for the Veterinary Technology National Exam (VTNE) through intensive lecture and laboratory courses. Passage of this exam is required for licensure as a veterinary technician. Veterinary technology students are also required to complete a 240-hour preceptorship (work experience), which gives them real, practical experience between completing their first year and graduation.
Students have many opportunities to help tell the story of agriculture at college-hosted events for elementary and high school students, educators and the general public. Through the agricultural and veterinary technology clubs, students help organize dairy and livestock shows, consignment sales, judging competitions, agricultural skills contests, tours and other educational events.
Connie was hired right out of college by Genesee Valley Equine Clinic in Rochester, and works almost exclusively with horses.
“The Alfred State program puts you further ahead. Year one I was already touching animals. By the time I finished my vet tech degree, I had more hands-on experience than I would at other colleges. Alfred State really prepares you,” says Jontae.