University of Kentucky’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Introduces Middle Schoolers to Their Role in the Agriculture Industry

In All, Youth, Family, & Communities by Ag is America

Students at West Jessamine Middle School in Nicholasville, Kentucky didn’t know what to expect when they walked into the school’s library last week. They were greeted by Dr. Uneeda Bryant, a veterinary pathologist from the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Dr. Bryant and her team had an exciting day planned with interactive learning experiences to teach students about the lab’s duties and career options in veterinary medicine.

“Many people don’t realize the work we do at the UK VDL actually saves the lives of other animals,” Bryant said. “A big part of what we do in the pathology section of the lab is determining why animals die. If an owner knows that his cow died of pneumonia, they can go back to the farm and check their other animals and use the antimicrobial susceptibility report provided to the m to guide them to the appropriate treatment regimen to use to prevent the disease from spreading.”

Dr. Bryant led students in exploring preserved animal parts and learning about eye abnormalities, tumors, parasites, gallstones, kidney stones and even cow hairballs. She also held Q&A sessions, answering student questions on animal disease, treatments, and jobs associated with pathology.

“I have been trying to talk to them about how our population is booming and how we have to find creative ways to produce enough food to feed everyone,” Bryant said. “Very few kids in my classes have lived on a farm. Very few of them have even visited a farm. We have to help them make a connection to agriculture in some way.”

To learn more about Dr. Bryant’s presentation and the students’ reaction, read more here.

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