Pupils have plenty of op­tions

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Two Taranaki vets used jaw bones and pre­served cat­tle body parts to get stu­dents in­ter­ested in a ca­reer in vet­eri­nary sci­ence.

Around 300 stu­dents from Haw­era In­ter­me­di­ate School took part in eight hands-on mod­ules rang­ing from the sci­ence be­hind ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion to how drone tech­nol­ogy can be used to muster sheep, all aimed at giv­ing them an in­sight into a ca­reer in the agri-food sec­tor.

‘‘The kids have been re­ally en­gaged,’’ teacher Larni Martin said.

‘‘The ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion mod­ule was a hit among stu­dents. They all had a laugh and many were quite cu­ri­ous about re­pro­duc­tion.’’

The mod­ule was a favourite for Year seven stu­dent Juana Potts-Julian.

‘‘To­day was a lot of fun. I’m re­ally keen to get job in the dairy in­dus­try,’’ she said.

The chil­dren, aged be­tween 11 and 13, talked to two vets from the Taranaki Vet­eri­nary Cen­tre who were at the Haw­era Show­grounds. Tori Turner and Lucy Web­ster told stu­dents a ca­reer as a vet could be an ex­cit­ing chal­lenge.

‘‘It’s like a bit of a puzzle be­cause hu­mans can say where they’re in pain, whereas an­i­mals can’t,’’ Turner said.

‘‘So we have to do a full ex­am­i­na­tion to find out what’s go­ing on with an an­i­mal, which can be quite dif­fi­cult at times.’’

Stu­dents also got to blind taste six dif­fer­ent types of meat cooked by Sil­ver Fern Farms live­stock agent Bren­don Kelly.

‘‘We have peo­ple in our or­gan­i­sa­tion who taste meat for a liv­ing. It’s not an easy task try­ing to iden­tify dif­fer­ent types of meat, as the stu­dents dis­cov­ered to­day,’’ he said.

The event was funded by the Red Meat Profit Part­ner­ship (RMPP) and de­liv­ered by NZ Young Farm­ers.

‘‘We want to get the in­dus­try on the radar of stu­dents and teach­ers, so they’re aware of the op­por­tu­ni­ties,’’ said RMPP’s Di Fal­coner.

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Jaw bones and pre­served cat­tle body parts were part of a dis­play set up for stu­dents who may want to ex­plore ca­reers in vet­eri­nary sci­ence.

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