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  • Animal Legal and Historical Web Center

    Location:

    Michigan State University College of Law, 648 North Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

    Description:

    This Website contains a comprehensive repository of information about animal law, including: over 1200 full text cases (US, historical, and UK), over 1400 US statutes, over 60 topics and comprehensive explanations, legal articles on a variety of animal topics and an international collection.

  • Beef Cattle Teaching and Research Center

    Dates:

    At this time, there are no open visiting hours. Please call the farm manager at 517-353-2245 to schedule a tour. Visitors must not have visited a foreign country in the 7 days prior to visiting the farm.

    Location:

    5307 Bennett Rd, Lansing, MI 48910

    Description:

    MSU's Beef Cattle Research & Teaching Center conducts basic and applied beef cattle research and teaching that benefits beef cattle producers and, ultimately, consumers in Michigan. Research projects at the Center look at the productivity of Michigan feedlots, reproductive physiology, and ruminant nutrition. Tour groups from all over the world come to observe the facilities and techniques involved in the management of a commercial size feedlot.

  • Beef Cattle Ultrasound Scanning

    Description:

    A field technician certified by the ultrasound Guidelines Council is available to perform ultrasound scanning for beef cattle to evaluate carcass merit for breeding selection and market readiness. Breeders can scan yearling bulls and heifers for carcass traits and have this information included in National Cattle Evaluation ultrasound EPDs. 

  • Bull Breeding Soundness Exam Clinics (March, April 2019)

    Dates:

    Please click on the link below for current dates.

    Location:

    Please click on the link below for locations.

    Description:

    The MSU Beef Extension Team will once again be organizing regional Bull Breeding Soundness Exam
    Clinics. Last year, the program tested over 300 bulls for 110 different operations. By identifying these
    potential male fertility problems, producers were able to reduce the risk of a less than optimum
    breeding season. The MSUE Beef Team encourages you to have BSE conducted on your breeding
    bulls every year.

  • Center for Feline Health and Wellbeing

    Location:

    Room D208 Veterinary Teaching Hospital, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Center for Feline Health and Wellbeing promotes feline health and wellbeing and nurtures the relationships between cats, their owners, and their care providers. Some areas of study include idiopathic cystitis, feline cancers, pulmonary fibrosis, feline viral infections, and feline genetics. The mission of this center is four-fold:

    • To discover the causes of the life-threatening conditions that affect cats;
    • To develop new treatment and preventive strategies for them;
    • To learn more about the behavioral considerations, nutrition, exercise, care routines, relationships  with household members, and other factors that contribute to a high-quality of life for cats; and
    • To educate veterinarians and cat owners about how to apply this new knowledge.
  • Dairy Days and Annual Michigan Dairy Expo (July 2019)

    Dates:

    July 15 - 19, 2019

     

    Location:

    MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    Michigan Dairy Expo is a week-long event that combines youth activities and contests conducted during Youth Dairy Days with purebred dairy breed association youth and open show events. The mission of Michigan Dairy Expo is to encourage and promote youth involvement in dairy activities, showcase the Michigan dairy industry, and provide continuing education opportunities for the dairy industry in Michigan and neighboring states.

    During Michigan Youth Dairy Days, youth will compete for premiums, ribbons and scholarships in various competitions, including dairy quiz bowls, dairy management contests, dairy cattle judging contests, and the Dairy Days youth show.

  • Dairy Management Certificate Program

    Location:

    Students have the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and experience on several cooperating dairy operations around MSU. Courses in dairy cattle health and evaluation are regularly conducted at Green Meadow Farms in Elsie, Michigan. Farms across Michigan are utilized in other courses. In addition, students have the opportunity to learn about dairy management and cutting edge research at the MSU Dairy Teaching and Research Center located south of campus in East Lansing.  Students interested in pasture based systems and robotic milking can become involved in teaching and research programs at the Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners.

    Description:

    The Dairy Program is designed to give students a basic foundation of knowledge and skills about dairy cows, the dairy industry, and dairy farming as a business which they can continue to build upon after graduation from the program. Courses are practical in nature and focus on the basic knowledge and skills needed to be successful on all types of dairy operations as an owner, herdsman, or dairy farm employee. Students are also employed by agricultural businesses that support dairy operations.  Students are exposed to a wide range of topics, ideas, and most importantly, dairy industry leaders, including producers, during their education. Visits to farms and meeting successful dairy producers and managers are an important part of the program. The Dairy Program exposes students to the many exciting opportunities that are available in the dairy industry. The program attempts to create enthusiasm and passion for the dairy industry in each student.

  • Dairy Open House at the Kellogg Biological Station (July 2019)

    Dates:

    July 27, 2019. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

     

    Location:

    Pasture Dairy Center, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 10461 N. 40th Street, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

    Description:

    Come and delight in MSU ice cream and cheese, while in sight of the cows whose milk creates our dairy foods! We will have family and kid friendly activities. Guests can enjoy a wagon ride, check out tractors and learn about Michigan’s agricultural landscapes. Wagon tours depart every half hour starting at 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. See you on the farm!

  • Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health Diagnostic Testing Services

    Location:

    DCPAH, 4125 Beaumont Rd, Lansing, MI, 48909.

    Description:

    The Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health brings together ten MSU labs that make up Michigan's only comprehensive animal health diagnostic center. The Center works in collaboration with the State of Michigan, public health officials, private practice veterinarians, livestock producers, and others in the farming community to protect humans and animals from disease and toxic substances. The new facility consolidates labs, offices, and classrooms into a single structure where over 1.5 million diagnostic tests are conducted each year on samples to determine the presence of such diseases as bovine tuberculosis, West Nile virus, and chronic wasting disease. The Center is also considered a front line of defense in detecting biological and chemical agents used in bioterrorism against U.S. animal agriculture.

  • Equine Health Day (April 2019)

    Dates:

    Saturday, April 6, 2019.  9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Location:

    Veterinary Medical Center, 736 Wilson Road, Room G150, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    The Horse Owner Seminar Series and the MSU Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (SCAAEP) presents a fun educational day for horse owners! Please join us for morning lectures and an afternoon of hands on labs all about your horse’s health!  Lecture topics include: Colic -Types and Management; Equine First Aid Essentials; and Recognizing Horses in Pain and Lameness.

  • Field Ornithology Course (March - May 2019)

    Dates:

    • Tuesday evening lectures: March 12 and 26, April 9 and 23, and May 8, 2019 from 6-8:30 pm
    • Saturday morning field trips: March 16 and 30, April 13 and 27, and May 11, 2019 from 8-11 am

     

    Location:

    Lectures are held at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary: 12685 East C Ave., Augusta, MI 49012.

    Saturday field trips visit area birding hotspots.

    Description:

    The Field Ornithology Course is an engaging, hands-on course that offers a fun way to learn more about the fascinating world of birds and improve your bird watching and identification skills. Each two part lecture will include a talk from a state or local scientist/ expert followed by an identification lesson. Field trips visit local birding hot spots and are led by experienced birders.  All skill levels are welcome!

  • Great Lakes Fisheries Workshops (April 2019)

    Location:

    Lake Huron Regional

    • April 11, Port Huron (Eagles Hall)
    • April 16, Bay City (The Canteen Hall, Bay County Fairgrounds)
    • April 25, Alpena (NOAA TBNMS Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center)
    • April 30, Cedarville (Clark Township Community Center)

    Southern Lake Michigan

    • April 18,South Haven (Moose Lodge)

    Description:

    The annual Great Lakes Fisheries Workshops bring communities together with fisheries research and management partners to discuss research findings, management updates and fishing trends. Fisheries and natural resource managers provide big picture context to what’s happening in the lakes and how it will affect fish populations for recreational, commercial and sustenance fishers. 

  • Great Lakes Veterinary Conference (July 2019)

    Dates:

    July 21 - 23, 2019

    Location:

    Park Place Hotel and Conference Center, Traverse City, MI

    Description:

    Would you like to attend a fun CE event that’s worth driving across the state or flying in from far away? Then join us in Traverse City for great speakers and awesome social events! We’ve added more CE than ever before so you won’t want to miss it!

  • Hanover Forest Science Seminar Series (Spring 2019)

    Dates:

    Please see the events website below.

    Location:

    Usually held in 225 Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI, 48824.  Please check the schedule for any variance.

     

    Description:

    The MSU Department of Forestry offers the Hanover Seminar Series, in which forestry experts from MSU and other institutions discuss issues affecting our forests and forest ecological communities.

  • Horse Behavior and Welfare Online Course

    Description:

    The online course, Horse Behavior and Welfare, includes an explanation of equine welfare and describes how it relates to horse management. Participants will discover a wealth of resources for learning about horse behavior. Horse enthusiasts of all levels can benefit from this course. Specific topics include:

    • Horse senses
    • Horse body language
    • How a horse learns
    • Key factors for the foundation of training
    • Stereotypic behaviors
    • Managing vices (stereotypic behaviors)
    • The definition of horse welfare
    • How to assess horse welfare

    Each lesson consists of an overview, informative topics including pictures and short video clips, as well as optional activities. Some activities include exercises you can complete by working with your own horse or observing other horses!

  • Horse Management Certificate Program

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48824. The MSU Horse Teaching and Research Center is located on 100 acres south of campus.

    Description:

    This certificate program is designed to allow students the opportunity to specialize in the area of horse management. The typical program model is three semesters of on-campus, academic based learning opportunities. One semester is an off-campus, placement training experience at a horse facility. Once enrolled, students will have the opportunity to tailor their area of interest toward management emphasis, reproduction, riding instruction, or training. Students will take coursework in horse farm management, feeding and nutrition, basic reproduction, horse behavior, horsemanship, exercise physiology, and horse election/judging. Basic coursework in mathematics, communications, and computers is required.  Electives will vary depending on a student’s background and interests, and might be selected from the following: horse training, preparation for instructing horsemanship, independent study in horse reproduction, draft horses, forage crops, or leadership.

  • Horse Management Resources

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension’s focus on horses, ponies, donkeys and mules provides educational resources and activities for both youth and adult equine owners.

  • Horse Nutrition Online Course

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This online course covers a variety of topics including feedstuffs, forage, grains, and supplements; nutritional diseases and their prevention and management; and assessment of body condition scores, reading feed tags, and evaluating feeding programs. Members of United States Dressage Federation can earn 2 credits through this course.

  • Horse Owners Seminar Series

    Location:

    G150, MSU Veterinary Medical Complex, 784 Wilson Rd. East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    The Horse Owner's Seminar Series is a bi-annual event hosted by the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. During each seminar, faculty from the College present to horse owners on an important topic surrounding horse health and safety.

    Upcoming seminars are posted on the College's calendar of events. Recordings of past seminars may be viewed using this webpage's sub-menu.

  • Horse Selection and Evaluation Online Course

    Description:

    The online course, Horse Selection and Evaluation, provides valuable information to potential horse buyers on conformation, skeletal structure, and balance that will help buyers make the best decision about performance potential. The course is estimated to take 8-10 hours to complete. Topics covered include:

    • The components of conformation- skeletal structure, balance, muscling, quality and movement- as it applies to various breeds and performance disciplines
    • How conformation relates to performance and overall soundness
    • Causes of blemishes and unsoundness
    • The importance of a pre-purchase exam
    • How to examine a horse for purchase
    • The importance of a sale contract
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