More than 1,000 students have completed a hands-on course at the University of Illinois in Urbana designed to teach the basics of working with farm animals in labs. Nearly 85% of students enrolled in the Working with Farm Animals (or ANSC 103) have little to no experience working with animals in a farm setting.
The course was developed when professors noticed that fewer students understood the basics of working with farm animals. Currently 80% of animal science majors enroll in this experiential learning course during their program. In the fall, this course will become mandatory with a goal for all animal science students to take this class before they begin advanced courses.