Animal Sciences Career E-Letter

December 3, 2012

From the Desk Of Barry Delks
1. Beef Management Seminar: Cattle Handling Practices & Facilities
2. Alltech Young Scientist Competition
3. Operation Wallacea Field Research Opportunities

1. 2013 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship Program
2. CME Group Beef Industry Scholarship

Full-time Positions
1. The Farm Clinic, Inc
2. Purdue Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Newton County
3. Butcher/ Meat Cutter - Fort Wayne area
4. Wildlife Biologist

Internships/Student Workers
1. Hilmar Dairy Internship Program
2. Mountaire Farms Management Trainee Program
3. Murphy-Brown Spring 2013 Research Internship Program
4. Covance 2013 Summer Internship Program

From the Desk Of Barry Delks

Animal Sciences Careers Website

1. Beef Management Seminar: Cattle Handling Practices & Facilities

Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 pm.
Lawrence County 4-H Fairgrounds, Bedford, IN

View the flyer and registration form (pdf)

Beef producers have the opportunity to learn about cattle handing facilities and implementing on-farm management practices from some of the nation's top researchers in the field of animal behavior. Speakers during this seminar will cover a wide variety of topics ranging from beef cattle psychology, up to date information on cattle handling facilities and how to conduct beef cattle temperament scoring.

Speakers will also be discussing livestock issues currently in the media and the role beef producers can participate in to help explain livestock production through our state and nation.

Registration will begin on Saturday, January 19th at 8 a.m. and the seminar will go from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Early-bird registration before January 8th will be $40 per person. After January 8th the cost will be $50 per person. Veterinarians can receive continuing education credit for no extra cost!

Everyone is welcomed to attend a free open house reception with local cattle supply exhibitors and seminar speakers on Friday, January 18th from 5 to 8 p.m. regardless if you register for the seminar

All meals and snacks will be provided to attendees. Participants will also receive a resource booklet with seminar documents and supportive literature to be used as a take-home reference manual.

Directions to Lawrence County Fairgrounds:
The fairgrounds are located on Hwy 50 West, one mile west of the junction of State Road 37 and US 50, south of Bedford.

2. Alltech Young Scientist Competition

Picture this - Your students' hard work being recognized by thousands of people from around the world at a premier international scientific event. Sounds great, right? Well, this is exactly what winners of the Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) competition experience each year!

Alltech is one of the world's leading companies in the animal health and nutrition field and education is a pillar of the company. The AYS competition was created to promote research and reward talent among university students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This is a great opportunity for your students to showcase their efforts from the classroom. Please visit for all of the competition details.

To participate, students must write a scientific paper based on agricultural research in the areas of animal or plant technology. Students can register and submit their papers online by December 31, 2012 to be eligible for the competition. The global undergraduate winner receives $5,000 and the global graduate winner receives $10,000. Both prizes are presented during Alltech's International Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

We look forward to seeing your students join the global competition!

Alltech Young Scientist Team

3. Operation Wallacea Field Research Opportunities

Operation Wallacea is a tuition-funded organization that runs a series of conservation management and biological research programs in remote locations around the world by academic collaboration. There are more than 2,000 students who join these international teams of researchers in the field each year. The students pay tuition fees to join our programs and these fees are then used to fund the research. The Operation Wallacea program has been expanding rapidly and now runs biodiversity surveys in 25 sites in 11 different countries.

Both students and faculty have several research opportunities available to them through Operation Wallacea. Students may join our program as Research Assistants with the option of gaining course credit, gathering data for a senior or Master's thesis, or simply gaining field research experience in a volunteer-based internship. Program participation offers students the experience of hiking through montane cloud forest, camping in African safari parks, living aboard river-based Amazon research vessels, or diving some of the world's most pristine coral reefs. There is also an expedition medicine experiential course available for Pre-Med students. Faculty and postdocs may join our 170 participating academics by conducting funded research at our study sites through student participation or by using our research locations to offer independent academic field courses through their home university or college. I would greatly appreciate it if you could forward this information to any students and/or faculty whom you think would be interested in joining our biodiversity field research teams in this or a future summer season.

We encourage students to fundraise their tuition fees and provide professional fundraising advising to committed students. One newly introduced fundraising option is our Alfred Russel Wallace Grant which awards $1,500 each to three current undergraduate students, allowing them to join our field based biodiversity research during their summer vacations in 2013. Please let me know if you would like any further information. A PDF of our current 2013 University Brochure is available online or we would be happy to mail copies to anyone interested. We also have posters that can be hung on departmental boards with our contact information if you would like. I hope this is of interest and that some of your students can join us in the field this summer.

Dr Tim Coles OBE
Project Director and Founder, Operation Wallacea (
Publisher of Biodiversity Science (
Senior Research Associate, Zoology Department, Oxford University


1. Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship Program

National Pork Producers Council is pleased to announce the 2013 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM sponsored by Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group

Administered by the National Pork Producers Council


Introduced in 1990 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Live Hog Futures, the CME sponsored by the Pork Industry Scholarship Program continues to recognize outstanding youth in the pork community. Four $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to students who intend to pursue a career in the pork industry-talented and
thoughtful students who may emerge as industry leaders someday.

To be eligible you must:

  1. Be an undergraduate student in a two-year swine program or four-year college of agriculture;
  2. Write a brief letter indicating what role you see yourself playing in the pork industry after graduation;
  3. Submit an essay of 750 words or less describing an issue you see confronting the pork industry today or in the future - and offer your solutions;
  4. Obtain two letters of reference from current or former professors or industry professionals;
  5. Prepare a cover sheet with your:
    A - name
    B - complete mailing address, telephone number, and E-mail address
    C - school name
    D - year in school
    E - permanent mailing address and telephone number
    F - Social Security Number
  6. Submit the above items in a single envelope to:
    National Pork Producers Council Or e-mail to:
    ATTN: Craig Boelling
    PO Box 10383
    Des Moines, Iowa 50306-9960
    Or e-mail to Craig Boelling at

NOTE: All entries must be postmarked by JANUARY 4, 2013

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) will administer the program, read the essays and select the winners. Essays will be judged on the basis of clarity or expression, persuasiveness, originality and relevance of topic. Winners will be announced at the Pork Industry Forum in Orlando, FL March 7-9, 2013. NPPC reserves the right to publish any or parts of the essays submitted.

For additional information, please contact Craig Boelling at 515-278-8012 (

2. CME Group Beef Industry Scholarship

Ten scholarships of $1,500 will be awarded to outstanding students who are pursuing careers in the beef industry. Fields of study may include: education, communications, production, research or any other area involved with the beef industry. The purpose of this program is to identify and encourage talented and thoughtful students who will emerge as industry leaders.

Conditions of Eligibility

More information and the application are available online at

Submissions for the 2013-2014 Scholarship are due December 14, 2012.

Fulltime Positions

1. The Farm Clinic, Inc.

Consultation For Over Seventy Years
2574 S. State Rd. 39
Frankfort, Indiana 46041
Phone (765) 659-1783
Fax (314) 659-1784

The Farm Clinic is a family owned soil testing and agricultural consulting firm, based out of Frankfort, Indiana. We also have offices in Lexington, Kentucky and St. Louis, Missouri. We are an independent soil testing firm. We do not sell fertilizer or other agricultural products. Since our inception in 1939 our mission has been to provide farmers with accurate soil fertility data in order to maximize yields, while optimizing input costs. We do this by analyzing soil samples in our in-house soil lab. We then combine this data with current research on crop nutrient needs and recommend appropriate fertilizer rates, utilizing variable rate technology where appropriate.

The Farm Clinic is seeking an agronomist to join our team at our Frankfort, Indiana office. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading a team in sampling 60,000 acres per year. They will also develop fertilizer program based on the results of the soil tests. The successful candidate will also be responsible for interacting with clients to ensure their satisfaction with the program.

Required Qualifications:

Desired Qualifications:

Contact persons:

2. Purdue Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, Newton County

Position: 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator
Location: Newton County / Morocco, IN
Click here to view the posting and to apply

3. Butcher/ Meat Cutter - Fort Wayne Area

Lengerich Meats, Zainsville, IN
Fulltime employment
IRA retirement/company match

Send a cover letter and resume to
Paul Killen
Lengerich Meats
PO Box 411
Zanesville, IN 46799
260-638 4123

4. Wildlife Biologist

Pennsylvania Game Commission has an immediate need for a Wildlife Biologist 2 to serve as the agency's Elk Biologist.

Wildlife Biologist 2 is a civil service covered position.

You do NOT need to be a Pennsylvania resident to apply for this position.

Starting salary of $44,362 and comprehensive benefits!

Requirements: A master's degree in Wildlife Management* and one year of experience as a wildlife biologist; OR a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Management, and a minimum of three years' experience in wildlife management research.
*College majors with at least 24 credits in any one or a combination of the following areas are equivalent to Wildlife Management: Animal Behavior, Dendrology, Ecology, Entomology, Genetics, Habitat Analysis, Mammalogy, Ornithology, Plant Systematics, or Wildlife Population Analysis.

Interested? Complete your Civil Service application and supplement at now!

The chosen candidate must be willing to relocate to Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, or Elk counties.

For job-related inquiries, please contact:
Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bureau of Human Resources
2001 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797
Phone: (717) 787-7836
PA residency is waived for Wildlife Biologist 2 only.

Pennsylvania is proud to be an equal opportunity employer supporting workforce diversity.


1. Hilmar Dairy Internship Program

In addition to basic cow and dairy operations skills, the program highlights management issues, such as employee relations, government regulations, and fiscal responsibility. One of the program's goals is to have the interns learn what it's like to manage a west coast style dairy. This internship pay a minimum of $10/hr.

Internship requirements:
Applications due: January 14, 2013

2. Mountaire Farms Management Trainee Program

Mountaire Farms is the 6th largest Poultry Processing company. We are currently recruiting to fill vacancies for our January 2013 and June 2013 Management Trainee position(s) located in Selbyville, Delaware. These positions come with a very attractive compensation and full benefits package. We are located 10 miles from Delaware’s beautiful beaches and offer stable employment and tremendous growth opportunities. Details are below.

Lou Marsico
Employment Manager
Mountaire Farms of Delmarva
P.O. Box 710 - Selbyville, DE 19975
(Office) 302.988.6313
(Fax) 302.436.9309


The Mountaire Management Trainee Program is designed to enable selected high-caliber management trainees to participate in a stimulating and challenging learning environment. This program will provide a thorough exposure to the Mountaire culture and all areas of our operations providing the trainee with excellent learning opportunities enhancing his/her knowledge of the poultry industry, leadership development and career development potential.

It is expected that these experiences will build a foundation of competence in the trainee that encourages accelerated growth potential for both Mountaire and the trainee. Trainees selected for this program are expected to demonstrate exceptional learning habits and strong individual commitment in order to take full advantage of the Management Trainee Program.


During this comprehensive program, trainees will learn Mountaire Farms operating systems from raw material sourcing through product processing and distribution to our external customers. They will learn and be exposed to the vertical integration in its entirety. Trainees will be challenged throughout the process to perform on-the-job tasks, complete assignments, demonstrate learning mastery, develop and demonstrate Situational Leadership competencies and gain a working knowledge of the operational excellence required in each facet of the organization.

The program supports a proactive approach to development in that each trainee will be assigned a mentor. The key role of the mentor is to encourage continual learning, enable successful integration with the Mountaire culture, illustrate operational excellence; and provide direction and support to build competence, commitment and development of Situational Leadership skills.

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives are a significant part of the success of the Training Program. The development of the trainee depends, in great part, on the skills and knowledge required for success. By the end of the training program, the trainee will be able to:

  1. Understand the "big picture" of the poultry business;
  2. Understand Mountaire's Culture;
  3. Understand Operational Excellence;
  4. Develop and display the attributes of a Situational Leader;
  5. Understand financial benchmarks of the Industry (Agristats);
  6. Identify opportunities for improvement (quality, yield, cost, etc…);
  7. Understand Return on Investment (ROI), operational reports, techniques and technologies of the operation; and
  8. Understand external customers' expectations; identify key factors to consider when selling the product.

The mutual responsibilities of the trainee and the Management personnel involved in this program are to master the objectives with effective training and learning techniques. For effective trainee development and the success of the program, trainees must demonstrate mastery of objectives in a behavioral manner, through written or verbal communications, demonstration, or a combination.

The length of the training program depends in great part on the effectiveness of the training provided and the ability of the trainee to learn and master the objectives identified. The trainee will have one year to complete the program.

Progress Reviews

Progress reviews are an integral part of the success of the Management Trainee Program. Progress reviews will occur at the completion of each program segment (Live, Processing, Sales/Support.) These feedback sessions will provide excellent opportunities for open dialogue between the trainee, his/her SMEs, mentor, Human Resources, and the Director (Live, Processing, Sales, Support) where appropriate. Discussions will center upon attainment of learning objectives, overcoming challenges, achieving results, reinforcing performance, leadership development, identifying areas for improvement, and making recommendations for continuous improvement to the program.

Roles and Responsibilities

Mentor Responsibilities

The Mentor is an integral factor in the development of the trainee. He or she must be vitally concerned with, and participate actively in, the trainee's learning process. The mentor will act as a sounding board, provide perspective, guidance, and facilitate trainee decision making. These responsibilities include:

Subject Matter Expert (SME) Responsibilities

The Subject Matter Expert is the functional area supervisor or manager who will be assigned to the trainee. The Subject Matter Expert should be a highly competent and well-regarded leader who has demonstrated the ability to accept additional responsibilities. These responsibilities include:

Trainee Responsibilities

The trainee takes initiative and responsibility for his or her own success. The demonstrated commitment by the trainee to achieve results is central to taking full advantage of the Management Trainee Program opportunity. The trainee is expected to display the high degree of professionalism and meet the following responsibilities:

3. Murphy-Brown 2013 Spring Semester Research Internship Program

Sponsored by: Novartis Animal Health.

Murphy-Brown, LLC is offering a swine research project management program for Animal Science/Pre-veterinary undergraduate or recently graduated students interested in applied swine research or veterinary medicine. The objective of this program is to allow students to gain experience in the swine industry for career development. The successful candidate will be an integral part of the research data collection and participate in all on-going research projects at Murphy-Brown as well involvement in a collaborative study with Novartis Animal Health.

Location: Rose Hill, NC
Application materials due: Friday, December 7, 2012
Start date: January/February 2013
End date: June/July 2013

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 references. The cover letter must include the following information: previous swine experience, previous research experience, and career goals.

Applicants encouraged to have: Animal handling experience, independent problem solving skills, organizational skills, experience with Microsoft Office
Applicants must have: Valid driver's license, dependable transportation

Student responsibilities: The student will be responsible for assisting with time tables, activities, and data collection for all on-going research projects at Murphy-Brown. This will involve spending time on a Murphy-Brown wean-to-finish research farm, in the feed mill, and also on commercial sow and finisher farms of various health statuses. The student will be exposed to other aspects of Murphy Brown, LLC, including the packing plant, veterinary medicine, and swine production operations. At the end of the program the student will be required to give a presentation to Murphy Brown and Novartis.

Sponsorship: An hourly stipend, will be provided by Novartis Animal Health. Housing will be provided by Murphy-Brown and will be located in Warsaw, NC.

Please submit application materials to:
Ashley DeDecker, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Research

4. Covance 2013 Summer Internship Program

I am very excited to announce that Covance will once again be hosting interns during the summer of 2013! This is a 12 week, paid internship and additional details can be found below.

Also, we have recently updated our website's internship section to include podcasts and quotes from past Covance interns. I would encourage you take 10 minutes and listen to what they thought about their experience with us. The 2013 internship positions are posted on our careers website as well as on your university careers website, so please share with all students who might be a good fit for the Covance Internship Program!

We currently have internships available at our Indianapolis location with more locations to be posted soon.

Additional programs details:

I am looking forward to reviewing many great student resumes!

Laurel Draeger, CIR
University Recruitment Specialist
Office Phone: 608-395-3740
Work Cell: 608-692-9318
Fax: 608-242-2624

Sent by:
Natalie Busse
Recruitment & Talent Services
Covance, Inc.
Office Phone: 608-242-2712 Ext. 2170
Fax: 608-242-2624

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