FARMS Leadership Program | Kern County | Tuesday, January 30, 2020
Location of Field Day: UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center 18830 Rd 112, Tulare CA
Field Day Host Dr. Melissa Macias Rioseco Karen Tonooka Jennifer Crook
Theme Veterinary Science
Summary of the Day: On Friday, January 30, 2020, the Kern County FARMS Leadership Program from McFarland High school started off their year at the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center. We first met with Dr. Melissa Macias Rioseco and started watching a Necropsy (an Autopsy on an animal) video of a calf. She was explaining to us the different organs throughout the video and what was abnormal as the kids were trying to diagnosis what was wrong with the sick calf. No one got sick haha! They loved it! The calf ended up having pneumonia and the kids guessed it correctly.
We then met in the Milk Quality lab with Karen Toonka as she talked about in detail how they take their milk samples and diagnosis the issue going on in the dairy. They can test for almost anything in a little sample of milk. They start off by taking a tiny drop and putting the milk into a dish and incubating it for 24-48 hours as the bacteria soon grows inside the dishes. They then take samples under the microscope and solve the problem by figuring out which pathogen is causing the issue. The students loved it! They got to look under the microscope at a bacteria called Mycoplasma. They described it as looking at a fried egg. It has a cell in the middle with a clear membrane wall around it.
We then moved onto the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) lab with Jennifer Crook. She went into detail on molecular biology. Using small samples they are able to make copies of short sections of DNA where they are then able to identify bacteria, viruses and much more. It was great to see the lab and all the machines they use on completing these steps. Lots of information to take in and the kids loved every second of it!
We then went back to our starting point to have some delicious lunch and snacks. After lunch we did a fun activity that the students loved! We were practicing being veterinarians and giving intramuscular and subcutaneous injections to our orange patients. We started off with green food coloring and was giving a subcutaneous shot. A subcutaneous shot is a injection given under the skin. When we then cut into the oranges the green food coloring should be on the perimeter of the skin. We then used red food coloring for the intramuscular shot. A intramuscular shot is an injection given directly into the muscle. When cutting open the orange the red food coloring should appear in the meat of the orange. This showed the kids different ways shots are given in the livestock world. Everyone showed their true vet skills and did it correctly! Thank you UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center for a day filled of great information and fun for myself and the kids! Can’t wait to come back we loved it!
FARMS Leadership | Central Valley South | November 20, 2019
Location of Field Day: UC Davis Veterinary Medicine California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System Center, Tulare CA
Field Day Host(s) and Mentors: Rhonda Gillum, Dr. Emmanuel Okello, Dr. Melissa Macias Rioseco, Dr. Blanca Camacho, Karen Tonooka, Jennifer Crook and Ms. Casillas
Veterinary Science and what it takes to get their
On November 20, 2019, the South Valley FARMS Leadership Students of Hanford West High School visited UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Tulare Campus. Upon arrival, students enjoyed a breakfast snack and were assigned to introduce our speakers for the day. Students participated in a teamwork activity cup stacking game. Following our teamwork activity, we started our day. Students were welcomed by Dr. Emmanuel Okello, Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension. He gave a short presentation on Antimicrobial Stewardship and reiterated the importance of washing your hands and using antibacterial sanitizer. In the second session, students were exposed to a Necropsy Video. Dr. Melissa Macias Rioseco introduced the video and explained frame by frame the reasons and needs to do a necropsy on an animal. In our third session, Dr. Blanca Camacho introduced the college to the students. She went over college requirements and the admission process. She also explained Academic Preparation & Pre-Veterinary Required Courses for being accepted into Vet School. In session 4, students were split into two groups and rotated through the topics of Milk Quality Testing and PCR Testing. CAHFS operates as the State of California’s central reference laboratory for measuring dairy products for their wholesomeness and nutrient makeup. This quality assurance program ensures dairy products are compliant with regulations, protecting both the consumer and the producer. Real-time PCR is a second-generation PCR platform with significantly improved testing characteristics. Introduced in 1996, it has revolutionized and replaced conventional PCR approaches to quantify DNA and RNA. Today, RT-PCR is the gold standard for quantitative PCR and is rapidly becoming accepted as the method of choice for PCR diagnostics. After enjoying lunch, Ms. Casillas from Hanford West High School presented to the students about injections. Students were able to practice subcutaneous and intramuscular injections in a piece of citrus with different gauge needles and water with food coloring. The students really enjoy this hands-on activity as they could really use this in real-life situations. Our hosts were very impressed with how the students were very professional in introducing and thanking all of the day’s speakers. FARMS is so excited to have UC Davis Veterinary Medicine California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System Center in Tulare as a partner educating students about Veterinary Medicine.
FARMS Leadership Program: Sacramento Valley: February 21st,
Location of Field Day: Davis, CA
Field Day Host(s) and Mentors:
Dan Sehnert – Department of Animal Science
Ed DePeters – UC Davis Professor and Master
Advisor for Animal Science major’s
Katharina Ullman – Director of UC Davis Student
Theme: College and Career Exploration
Summary of the Day:
Dan Sehnert, the UC Davis Department of Animal Science
Facilities Coordinator, welcomed the Sacramento Valley FARMS Leadership students
to UC Davis. The students were then split up into 4 groups and toured the Dairy
Cattle Facility, Horse Facility, Avian Hatchery, and the Meats Lab. At the
dairy the students were able to assist in treating a sick cow, see new born
calves, and help UC Davis student employees vaccinate. At the horse facility
the students were given a tour and learned about the different ways in which
horses are studied at UC Davis. Afterwards the students were given the
opportunity to groom the horse’s as well as see a week old foal that was bred
and born at the facility. At the hatchery student’s learned how to candle eggs
and were able to see different varieties of birds at different stages of
incubation. The final facility the students visited was the Meats Lab. Students
were given a tour, the different processing practices used to process cattle,
hogs and lambs were discussed and the students were able to sample some beef jerky
and snack sticks that the Meats Lab produced.
After the facility tours we all met back at the UC Davis
Cole Facility where Dr. Ed DePeter’s joined us. He discussed with the FARMS
Leadership students the college experience. Dr. DePeter’s is a professor at UC
Davis and went over the different classes and opportunities that both UC Davis
and the Animal Science Department offer. After our visit with Dr. DePeter’s we
headed to campus where the students had the opportunity to dine like a college
student at Tecero Student Dining Hall.
We concluded our day at the Student Farm and Market Garden.
Katharina Ullman, the Director of the Student Farm, welcomed us and gave the students
a tour. The students were able to learn about the different crops and herbs
grown at the Student Farm as well as see the Market Garden and learn about the
CSA program that UC Davis students implement.
FARMS Leadership Student Quotes:
“I had a lot of fun learning about the background and
specifics that go into horse breeding!” – Melina C.
“I really enjoyed working with the calves and getting to
help vaccinate them!” – Tyler R.