Animal Sciences Career E-Letter

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Week of October 25, 2010

1. Vita Plus Summer Internship 2011

2. Virginia Tech Equine Studies Program
3. CCO Inside Track

1. Vita Plus Summer Internship 2011

Objective:To provide a variety of experiences related to dairy nutrition and the feed business both in an office and field setting.

Location: This internship will be headquartered at the Vita Plus office in Madison, WI.

Travel: About 5-10 overnights may be required within the Vita Plus market area (WI, MN, IA, IL, IN, MI). Most travel will be in Wisconsin. All travel expenses are reimbursed.

Supervision: This internship will be supervised by Dr. Al Schultz, but on a day-to-day basis will be working under the direction of various technical staff members on assigned projects.

Compensation: $11.00 per hour.

Areas of Concentration:
Formulation: Assist on various projects related to the computer formulation of products and associated activities.

Dairy Technical Services: Assist our technical staff on targeted projects to be determined. This will include both in-house projects and some field related projects.

Forage Products: Conduct several field research projects related to forage preservation and feed management.

Quality Control: Assist on projects related to the quality control of Vita Plus products. This will include some training and project work in our feed plants.

Other experiences: This student will spend several days during the course of the summer working directly with our sales and technical staff in the field in order to better understand their job roles.

To Apply

Application Deadline: Monday, November 8, 2010
Send Resume & Cover Letter to:
Dr. Al Schultz, Vice President of Technical Services
Vita Plus Corporation, PO Box 259126, Madison, WI 53725-9126

2. Virginia Tech Equine Studies Program at Middleburg

The Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are proud to offer an innovative, unique learning opportunity for undergraduate students of equine science. The program is based at Virginia Tech's Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension (MARE) Center, a 420-acre facility in the heart of Northern Virginia's hunt country and new home to Virginia Tech's internationally-regarded sporthorse breeding program.

The Equine Studies Program at Middleburg allows students to actively participate in all aspects of a large-scale research facility, outreach center and commercial horse operation, while simultaneously engaging in a full semester of coursework. This is an immersive learning environment for students sincere in their desire to secure high-level employment in the horse industry and/or pursue post-baccalaureate education in veterinary or graduate school. This novel program provides substantive, real-life experiences which are truly transformative and integrate fully with traditional classroom instruction, resulting in the ultimate capstone experience.

This unique, exciting program incorporates advanced coursework which supplements that which is available on most university campuses. Courses include:

Eligibility and Requirements:
Undergraduate, degree-seeking students currently enrolled at any college or university in the United States or Canada are welcome to apply. International students are also welcome, but should contact program administrators prior to application. Senior standing is preferred, but not required. Students should have completed basic coursework in Animal and/or Equine Science.

Students must provide proof of health insurance and have a valid driver's license. It is highly recommended that students bring their own vehicle.

Students must have demonstrated a sincere desire to work at a high level in the equine industry or attend graduate or veterinary school in the equine area. Students must be self-motivated, responsible, and possess a strong work ethic. In addition, they must be able to work well in team and individual settings, able to lift and carry at least 50 lb, able to deal with adverse weather conditions, competent with basic horse handling skills and have the personal maturity to operate effectively in an intense environment. Students should also be aware they will be operating as ambassadors for Virginia Tech at several equine and community events. We are looking to accept six (6) students each semester.

Program Costs:
Students are required to live in housing on the farm. Rent will not be charged, but students will be responsible for all utility charges. Regular Virginia Tech tuition costs and university fees will apply. Students will be responsible for purchases of required textbooks and related school supplies. Students will not be responsible for costs (except meals) associated with field trips or other events for which attendance is required.

Student Selection:
Students will complete an application (see attached). Applications for Spring Semester are due October 31, while applications for Fall Semester are due April 15. Application materials will be reviewed by faculty, and students making the first cut will undergo an interview period. Video footage of students working with horses may be required. Candidates will be notified of acceptance within 30 days of application deadline. In the event that there are more qualified
students than available positions, a wait list will be compiled.

For more information, please contact Dr. Splan ( or Dr. Porr (

3. The CCO Inside Track
October 20, 2010

Index for this CCO Inside Track -

I. The LinkedIn - Career Networking workshop will be on Monday, October 25th, from 4:30PM - 5:30PM at UNIV 117. This exciting, interactive workshop walks students through the In's and Out's of using LinkedIn, wherever they are in their college career.

II. Encourage students that are sophomores or older to attend the Information Session for DURI and IfI internships on Thursday, October 28th, from 3:30PM - 4:30PM at UNIV 101. With this part-time internship students can engage in cutting edge interdisciplinary projects, gain valuable skills and knowledge for a possible career in research or start-up companies, become part of a community of researchers or entrepreneurs, and receive a $500 scholarship for the Spring Semester.

III. Students should be aware that the Application Deadline for Indiana Legislative Spring 2011 Internships is Sunday, October 31st. It is an online application, and a great opportunity for students in any major to develop professional skills while working for their political causes.

IV. In celebration of Disability Employment Month, students can attend What Role Might Your Disability Play in Your Job Search and in the Work Environment? Tuesday, October 26, 2010 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Stewart Center, Room 318 For those individuals with disabilities seeking employment, this presentation and discussion will share the "what" and "when" of disclosing disability-related information to a potential or new employer, as well as job seeker rights and responsibilities under the law.

V. Full list of On-campus and Off-campus career events.

Hannah Schmidt, The Inside Track Editor

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