It’s more than hands-on, it’s student-managed. That’s what makes a Lakeland College agricultural sciences education different.
Based at our Vermilion campus in eastern Alberta, our School of Agricultural Sciences has programs in agribusiness, animal health technology, animal science technology, crop technology, general agriculture, veterinary medical assistant and western ranch and cow horse.
Whether they’re involved in the Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland, running a business through the Student-Managed Enterprise, hosting a working cow horse competition, or creating a nutrition and exercise plan for obese pets, our students are actively involved in their learning.
Lakeland Aggies are immersed in all aspects of an event, project or farm unit. They work side-by-side with classmates and community members. Along the way they develop skills that’ll help them take charge of their career and their life. The most notable example of our focus on student leadership is our Student-Managed Farm (SMF) – Powered by New Holland. Lakeland students who major in crop, dairy, commercial beef, purebred beef, sheep, and crop and livestock research take the lead on our award-winning SMF.
The SMF extends beyond the classroom with our 2,000 plus acres of crop and pasture land, hundreds of head of livestock, and facilities such as the G.N. Sweet Livestock Research Facility, AI Facility, Equine Centre, Cattle Barn and our newest facility – the Dairy Learning Centre. Working in teams, our students are in charge of research, finances, production, management decisions, public relations, sustainability and stewardship – essentially the entire operation.
Since 2011, Lakeland and New Holland Agriculture have worked together to increase student-leadership opportunities. Access to the latest line of agricultural equipment and an endowment fund that supplies a number of annual student awards are among the benefits of this partnership.
Dairy Learning Centre
Opened in August 2017, this state-of-the-art agriculture learning centre features robotic and conventional milking and feeding systems, which creates opportunities for students to lead in the dairy industry. Students take charge of a herd of 280-head including 120 Holstein milk cows, replacement heifers and young stock, as well as lead in other career-relevant, advanced learning opportunities related to calf management, feed and nutrition, cow comfort, dairy-specific software, manure management and more.
Animal Health Clinic
Opening in early-2018, animal health technology and veterinary medical assistant students will care for a variety of animals in this clinic which closely reflects an operational clinic. The clinic features three lab spaces, a dental lab, a modern surgical suite, exam and treatment rooms, a separate pharmacy, separate cat and dog wards, expanded equine intake area, as well as stocks and stalls. The learning opportunities to work with real clients are endless.
Established in 1913, as the Vermilion School of Agriculture, Lakeland serves more than 7,000 students every year at its campuses in Vermilion, Alta., and Lloydminster, Alta./Sask., and through online and off-site programs and courses. Lakeland offers programming in the areas of agricultural sciences, business, energy, environmental sciences, fire and emergency services, health and wellness, human services, interior design technology, trades and technology, and university transfer.
For more information visit www.lakelandcollege.ca.