SUNY Cobleskill Announces Large Animal Health Institute

March 5, 2012

SUNY Cobleskill’s Office of Professional and Continuing Education announces a new Large Animal Health Institute, which will provide opportunities for college students and adults seeking experience working with various large animal species.


The four-week institute, starting June 4, is designed to provide participants with classroom and hands-on experience in the handling and health care of horses, cattle, sheep, goats, hogs, and other large animals. Classes will be taught by SUNY Cobleskill’s experienced animal science faculty and staff, veterinarians, farriers, and industry professionals.


Students can register for weekly classes devoted to specific species, or take part in the entire month-long institute. Each weekly session runs Monday-Friday, with an optional field experience on Saturday for an additional nominal fee depending on location. The $995/week cost includes books and materials. Meal plan and housing options are also available.


Weeks one and two of the curriculum focuses on equine (horses) and bovine (cattle) respectively; the third week examines porcine (swine), ovine (sheep) and caprine (goats); and the last week’s concentration is exotics, such as camelids (llamas/alpacas), bison and cervids (deer). Topics covered will include behavior, safe handling, anatomy, common diseases and treatment, reproduction, care and health management.


SUNY Cobleskill’s agricultural complex serves as a laboratory for hands-on education. It features a working farm, 14 greenhouses, 10-acre arboretum, 40,000-gallon fish hatchery, 200-cow contemporary freestall dairy, meat processing facility, equine complex with an indoor arena, and a fully equipped agricultural engineering technology facility.


For more information, contact SUNY Cobleskill’s Office of Professional and Continuing Education at 518-255-5528.

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