Animal Sciences Career E-Letter

Week of February 28, 2011

Full-time Opportunities
1. SDSU Assistant Manager - Dairy Research and Teaching Facility
2. Provimi Nutrition Assistant
3. Virginia Tech Equine Sciences Graduate Program
4. Harness Horse Youth Foundation

Internships/Summer Opportunities
5. Ecology Animal, Plant Biology & Marine Science Internships

6. New Century Farmer Program
7. CCO Inside Track
8. Thinking about grad school?

1. SDSU Assistant Manager - Dairy Research and Teaching Facility

Assistant Manager - Dairy Research and Teaching Facility
Dairy Science Department
South Dakota State University

The Dairy Science Department at South Dakota State University is inviting applications for Assistant Manager of its Dairy Research and Training Facility. The selected candidate will be responsible for supervision, training and scheduling of employees at the dairy farm with primary emphasis on herd health and research.

The Assistant Manager will be expected to maintain the health and well being of all dairy livestock coordinate and supervise all research projects including maintaining research equipment and livestock, supervise all employees, and be responsible for training and scheduling of employees at the Dairy Research and Training Facility. Specific duties include but are not limited to: supervising the farm when the farm manager is away from the unit, teaching and training all employees and students, scheduling work hours for all employees, diagnosing and treating all animals at the dairy farm, and supervising milking shifts and milk sampling. This position may also conduct student evaluations in conjunction with the farm manager.

An earned B.S. in Dairy Production/Animal Science and experience in working with dairy cattle are required as is one year experience on a dairy farm and herd health. Effective verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills and interest in the Dairy Research and Training Facility are essential. Knowledge of the dairy industry, ability to effectively communicate and interest in training students on hands-on activities at the facility are essential.

Familiarity with dairy records systems. Experience with livestock research.

SDSU is a land grant institution and the state's largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of 12,816 students. The Dairy Science Department includes undergraduate and graduate programs in dairy production and manufacturing with 11 full-time faculty members and 85 undergraduate students. Facilities in the Dairy Science Department include the Dairy Research and Training Facility with capacity for 140 head of lactating cows in a modern free-stall barn and parallel parlor as well as a new dairy processing plant under construction. Details of the department can be found at: SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 18,800 near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29 and central to a growing dairy industry in South Dakota. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance. It is 50 miles north of Sioux Falls, a city of close to 150,000.

Open until filled with an initial application review date of 15th March, 2011.

Commensurate with education and experience

Visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on "apply for this posting." The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will require the attachment of a resume, cover letter with details regarding interest, ability to meet responsibilities, and reference page. Contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with the online process.

Please contact Ken Kalscheur with any questions regarding the position. Phone: (605) 688-5482, Email:

2. Provimi Nutrition Assistant

Apply online at under CAREERS page.

Assist Nutritional/Technical staff in developing, maintaining and distributing nutritional formulations for nutritional products and custom feed products



Education: B.S. degree in Animal Science or related animal agriculture field. Candidates who have equivalent experience in this field and who possess required skills for this position will be considered.

Experience/Required Skills:

Nicole Neal, PHR
Human Resources Director
M +1 937 469 5826

Provimi North America, Inc.
10 Collective Way
P.O. Box 69, Brookville, Ohio 45309 USA
T +1 937 770 2469, F +1 937 770 2495

3. Virginia Tech Equine Sciences Graduate Program

Limited openings are available for graduate study (MS or PhD) in equine science at Virginia Tech. The ideal candidate has at least a 3.4 GPA with 650 quantitative GRE score, desires to begin Fall 2011 or Spring 2012, and is interested in equine reproduction, nutrition, exercise physiology or genetics.

Non-thesis or short-term Master's-level graduate programs are also available for students interested in applied horse management.

Please email CV, transcript and a statement of research interests and career objectives to:
Dr. Rebecca K. Splan (

Students wishing to be considered for Fall 2011 should submit materials by March 1. Students interested in a graduate program beginning January 2012 should submit materials by April 15.

Rebecca K. Splan
Associate Professor, Equine Science
Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences Virginia Tech MARE Center
5527 Sullivans Mill Road
Middleburg VA 20117
Ph: 540-687-3521 ext 26
Fx: 540-687-5362
Cell: 540-392-8374

4. Harness Horse Youth Foundation

The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is growing again and is seeking two individuals to fill newly-created positions within the organization.

The Project Manager position will assist in a variety of administrative and youth program services including, marketing and promotion, curriculum development, fundraising, customer service and donor relations. Qualifications required include strong computer skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint); organizational and communication skills. Understanding of the horse racing industry a plus and some college preferred.

The Summer Teacher position will be responsible for conducting the variety of summer programs offered by HHYF. These include 5-, 3-, and 1-day events which provide hands-on experiences with the HHYF stable of 7 Trottingbreds. Extensive travel is required for this position.

For further information and to obtain applications, please visit or call the office at 317-867-5877.

Ellen Taylor
16575 Carey Road
Westfield IN 46074

5. Ecology Animal, Plant Biology & Marine Science Internships

All PAID internships, unless otherwise specified.

6. New Century Farmer Program

We have an excellent program for your college students who are interested in returning to the farm or ranch after college. The New Century Farmer program is specifically designed for college students or recent graduates (student who graduated this past August or December) who come from a production agriculture background, and plan to return to the farm or ranch to pursue production agriculture as a career. Each year we select fifty of agriculture’s best to be part of this week long conference. Selected participants will partake in numerous learning sessions on topics including farm succession, global agriculture, ag marketing and finance, and new and emerging farm machinery. Additionally participants will take part in numerous field and operation tours and participate in an extensive team building experience.

Through the generous contributions of our sponsors, this conference is FREE for the 50 students who are selected. We cover travel to and from Iowa and hotel, food and transportation while at the conference. The 2011 conference will be July 24-30 in Johnston, IA. Again applicants must be:

Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2011 and can be found at I have attached an informational flyer about the conference and the application. Please pass this information on to any of your students who might be interested in this program.

Marty Tatman
Education Specialist
National FFA Organization
6060 FFA Drive P.O. Box 68960
Indianapolis, IN 46268-0960
Phone: (317) 802-4356
Fax: (317) 802-5356

7. CCO Inside Track

I. The Purdue Engineering Student Council Expo is a huge career fair with many companies attending. If your students are looking for an internship or a job with one of those companies encourage them to attend. It will be held on Monday, February 28th from 9am-4pm in the PMU ballrooms.

II. The  Manatt Fellowship for U.S. or International Graduate Students allows grad students the chance to go to Washington D.C. to research democracy building. The online application is due Tuesday, March 1st.

III. Interviews can be difficult if you don’t know what to expect. The Interview Workshop teaches students the skills to be an effective interviewee. Make sure your students mark their calendars for Tuesday, March 1st, from 4:30PM - 5:30PM in UNIV 101.

IV. The International Students Clinic - Acing the Interview is tailored to the needs of international students. International students with questions about interviewing should bring them to this clinic. The clinic will be held Wednesday, March 2nd, at 6:00PM - 7:00PM in WTHR 104.

V. All Purdue grad students are invited to attend the Purdue Graduate Student Spring Career Fair Thursday, March 3rd. The day begins with a networking breakfast at 8am, and is followed by the actual career fair from 11am to 4pm. This event brings in grad student employers from every discipline, be sure your grad students attend!

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

Questions? Comments?
Hannah Schmidt, The Inside Track Editor

8. Thinking about grad school?

Come hear from people who know all about it at the:
Animal Science Grad School Panel

March 2, 2011
Lilly 3113A
3 sessions at:
10:30-11:20 - bagels & juice
11:30-12:20- homemeade breads
12:30-1:20 - Pizza- lots of it!

All students thinking about graduate school should attend.

There will be at 2 professors and 2 graduate students and an Animal Science Alum from Land O Lakes to speak too!

Get questions answered about how to pick a school, apply, advice on your application and personal statement.

Sponsored by:
Land O Lakes
Purina Feed

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