Thursday, April 24, 2008

Critical Thinking in Animal Science

Twenty students from the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) recently visited a meat goat farm as part of their "Critical Thinking in Animal Science" course.

Traditional animal science curricula is sometimes criticized because it imparts scientific knowledge, but fails to teach students to think analytically and to make independent judgements about scientific claims.

students visit goat farm ANSC 420 is a senior-level 3-credit course that consists of two hours of lecture, one hour of laboratory, and one hour of discussion/recitation per week. Students are taught to employ methods which systematically solve selected problems that may arise on farms or allied businesses related to animal enterprises.

The course includes a section on small ruminants. The problem studied is internal parasitism.

UMCP College of Agriculture and Natural Resources