NORFOLK, Neb. - Students in the veterinary technician program at Northeast Community College received a pleasant surprise during the first week of classes.
Michael Foods stopped by with a donation of a chicken anatomy model and a chicken kit that included embryonic egg development models, disease flash cards, breed flash cards, and posters of judging chickens and eggs and caring for chickens.
These models add to several other food animal models the college has.
Michael Foods began collaborating with the college last October. Michael Foods presented at the Veterinary Technology’s Food Animal Career Camp in November 2023, aimed at educating high school juniors and seniors about career options dealing with food animals.
“It is great to be able to work with local employers to learn how we can help each other. In this case, Michael Foods has been helping us educate our students on poultry production and medicine as well as career options for veterinary technicians that may not be in the forefront of students’ minds. The college can provide potential new employees for Michael Foods that have a unique skillset,” said Dr. Kassie Wessendorf, a veterinarian and instructor in the veterinary technology program.
The models and kit provided by Michael Foods will help fill some previous gaps in the education of poultry medicine for students.
Northeast Veterinary Technology students are shown with staff from Michael Foods with the new models and kit. (Northeast Community College)