Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department

Dr. Philip D. Schroeder, Chair
Phone: (607) 587-3983; Email: schroePD@alfredstate.edu

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 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 farming 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

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.

FACILITIES

Students are taught in modern, well-equipped laboratories including specialized facilities for the study of soils, botany, microbiology, plant pathology, and entomology. The College also maintains the 800-acre College Farm which serves as a field laboratory to provide practical instruction in production agriculture, and produce feed for the College’s livestock. The College Farm has recently undergone a complete renovation. The new facilities include side-by-side conventional and organic dairy herds and feature a robotic milking system. Currently, Alfred State is the only institution of higher education in the United States with both conventional and organic dairy systems. Our organic dairy herd also employs an Intensive rotational grazing management system. Other facilities at the farm focus on high tunnel vegetable production, row crop production, and agroforestry practices. The farm allows students to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom, and gain practical hands-on learning experiences through involvement in the day-to-day management of the farm. Additional facilities are being developed at the Groveland farm, a 270-acre crop farm near Sonyea, NY.

The Veterinary Technology Program is primarily housed in the newly completed Veterinary Technology Center. The center includes surgical and radiography laboratories a classroom area for Introduction to Veterinary Technology, Animal Health Care and Laboratory Animal management laboratories, as well as animal housing facilities. The Veterinary Technology Center vivarium will house mice, rats, snakes, lizards, tortoises, turtles, rabbits, and guinea pigs. The cat room can house up to 18 cats and the dog kennels can house 11 dogs, with seven kennels having outdoor run access. Well-equipped laboratories for teaching animal anatomy and physiology, necropsy, parasitology and clinical pathology are located in the Agricultural Science building. Large animal laboratories are conducted at the Alfred State Farm where students learn to safely work with and care for a variety of farm animals including horses, pigs, sheep, goats, alpacas, and dairy cattle of all ages.

DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS

Agricultural Business (AAS)

Agricultural Technology (AAS)

Veterinary Technology (AAS)