Classroom on the Range
CSI comes to Box Elder County
Getting an education takes a great deal of effort, study and time spent in a classroom listening as a professor gives lectures. But getting a degree as a veterinary technician at the College of Southern Idaho also means a day on the open range in Box Elder County.
Fifteen first year vet tech students and two instructors piled into a CSI school van on Friday morning to make the drive down from Twin Falls, Idaho, the third year a group like this has made the trip. They arrived at the Blue Creek cattle ranch operation owned by Chubb and Cindy Munns about 10:30 a.m., to get some hands-on instruction, and a little bonus education as they study what skills they will need to work with livestock, one aspect of their chosen careers.
They were not disappointed.
It was calving time at the Slash M Ranch. Professor Jody Rockett said the students, some of which had never been close to any animal that couldn’t be purchased in a pet shop, were witnessing mother cows in labor on the open range and were able to “watch new calves hitting the ground.”
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