Winter Is Busy At NCTC

Cold weather and some slick road conditions again greeted students returning to campus in this third week of classes at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.

Some of our NCTA Aggies had gone home for the longer three-day weekend, while others stayed and worked on campus or in the area, and a few participated at livestock shows in Denver at the National Western Stock Show.

We are glad everyone arrived safely back to campus. Livestock and animals are all doing fine on campus, including a new arrival.

Last week, the Veterinary Technology division received a pregnant gilt who is due to farrow in early February. Students in the Large Animal Techniques class taught by Libby Fraser, DVM, are responsible for care of the gilt and piglets, once born.

Students will be responsible for processing the piglets after birth, including docking tails, giving iron shots, vaccinating, and completing the other tasks required for commercial hog production. The students are looking forward to working with the cute piglets.

This hands-on teaching opportunity is available due to a donation by a Vet Tech student and her family. Thank you to Kiley Guenther and her family from West Point, Nebraska, for the gilt and supplies.

Libby Fraser, DVM, has joined the Vet Tech faculty as a fulltime instructor. Dr. Fraser, who had practiced in private industry and most recently traveled as a consultant with an animal health company, has served as an adjunct professor last semester and in January accepted our fulltime position. Congratulations, Dr. Fraser!

Information provided by Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. 

Photo: A student study group at NCTA’s Veterinary Technology program. Kennicutt / NCTA News photo

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