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.
Veterinary Technology Center
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 Agriculture 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.