Hailey Kampton ‘24 (CAHNR) is spending her summer season with a few of UConn’s most esteemed residents – the animals within the livestock models in UConn’s Division of Animal Science.
Earlier than coming to UConn, Kampton admits she was a newbie when it got here to livestock. Rising up on Lengthy Island, New York, she had loads of interplay with home pets, like cats and canine. At UConn’s she’s had the chance for a completely totally different expertise caring for horses, cows, and poultry.
“It’s been a extremely totally different expertise for me as a result of I didn’t develop up round livestock,” Kampton says.
Kampton started her summer season working with the horses. Throughout these first 5 weeks, Kampton fed and cleaned up after the animals. She additionally noticed veterinary visits which included enamel cleansing and dressing wounds.
Studying about these lovely animals was eye-opening, however Kampton says one thing else additionally stood out to her whereas working within the livestock models: the person consideration the employees pay the animals, figuring out their private well being histories and personalities.
“It’s actually inspiring and attention-grabbing to see how a lot everybody right here cares for the animals,” Kampton says.
Within the second a part of her summer season internship, Kampton works with poultry and sheep.
One in every of Kampton’s roles is sorting eggs into Grade A eggs to be offered and separating out any with shell abnormalities that, whereas nonetheless fit for human consumption, are much less interesting for shoppers.
At nights, Kampton has a separate place on the Kellogg Dairy Heart the place she works with UConn’s award-winning herd. There, she helps monitor when the cows had been final milked, in keeping with knowledge collected from the Dairy Heart’s robotic milking machines.
She additionally helps take care of mom cows and their new-born calves.
Kampton says the hands-on expertise she’s gaining from her summer season internship is placing her schooling into follow and exposing her to future profession paths. She is on the pre-veterinary observe within the animal science main. Whereas she was initially planning on turning into a veterinarian for companion animals, Kampton says she is now contemplating different choices.
“Coming to UConn, it helped me to open my eyes as a result of we’ve got livestock animals for the scholars to work with right here,” Kampton says.
Kampton says she is grateful for her internship expertise this summer season for giving her distinctive real-world expertise with varied sorts of livestock.
“I believe it’s nice that UConn has this internship program as a result of it’s very nice to discover new issues in a spot I’ve already been for 2 years and am snug in,” Kampton says.
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