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Meet undergraduate Amanda Michelson

Amanda Michelson

Amanda Michelson

An animal lover, Amanda Michelson enjoyed horseback riding as a young girl growing up in a suburb of New York City. Michelson is an animal science major with a pre-vet area of interest in the Department of Animal Science and serves as a CAHNR Ambassador while working as an administrative assistant in the College. While she’s leaving her options open, she is leaning toward a veterinary career with large or exotic animals. Here is what she said about her experiences as a CAHNR student:

What attracted you to UConn? I was initially attracted to UConn because of its animal science program and facilities. At the time, I was looking for a school that had a strong undergraduate animal science program that could prepare me for veterinary school, as well as a school that had a polo program since I had started playing polo in high school. When I came to open house and saw the close-knit community of faculty and students within the department and the College overall, I knew it would be a good fit for me.

Why did you choose your particular major? I chose animal science because I knew it would give me a strong foundation for vet school since that’s my ultimate goal. I also really wanted the hands-on practical experience that I knew I wouldn’t get through my major if I had chosen a broader scientific field such as biology or chemistry.

Which one of your UConn activities, internships or jobs, was the most memorable? Why? I just completed an internship this past semester at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Connecticut, which was a really great opportunity. When I was growing up, I always imagined what it would be like working in a zoo, but never thought I would have the opportunity to experience it. The experience with exotic animals made me a better candidate for graduate school and allowed me to explore my interests further. It was also just a lot of fun in general. I worked with really great zookeepers and learned a lot about exotic animal husbandry and welfare. I loved it so much that I continued going during winter break after my semester ended. (more…)

Meet Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture student Cristian Mortali


Cristian Mortali

From the quaint town of Orange, Connecticut, Cristian Mortali has been working on farms since he was thirteen years old. With his strong love for Jersey dairy cattle, combined with his appreciation and respect for local agriculture, this Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture (RHSA) student knows that dairy management is his goal for a future career. Here is what he said about his experiences as a RHSA student.

What attracted you to UConn? I was attracted to UConn because of the two-year RHSA program, the dairy management program and the dairy facilities on campus. In my town, anybody involved in agriculture went through RHSA or the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. Many generations have come to UConn from Orange, and I wanted to continue that.

What is your major, and why did you choose it? I am an animal science major. I am focusing on dairy and livestock management. I started working on a farm at a young age, and, from then, it just progressed. I started by feeding beef cattle, and this turned into my love for Jersey dairy cattle and a desire to pursue a career path in dairy management. (more…)

CAHNR in the news

Students with mobile devicesSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. The bolded topics are linked to media coverage. The roman text links go to additional information.

Swimming World. 2-15-17. Announced that UConn swept the podium in the women’s one meter diving event on day one of the American Athletic Conference Championships. Department of Nutritional Sciences student Monica Marcello was part of the team with 280.85 points.

The Register Citizen. 2-16-17. Gave details about the upcoming Annual Horse Symposium at UConn in its news section. This Department of Animal Science event will be held on March 4 and 5. See also: The Dolphin. 2-16-17.

Daily Campus. 2-20-17. Reported on a talk given by Anoushka Concepcion about the technology involved in the propagation and cultivation of Connecticut native sugar kelp as a food sourceConcepcion is an assistant cooperative extension educator in the Department of Extension. (more…)

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2017 Horse Symposium flyer

CAHNR in the news

newspaper readersSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. The bolded topics are linked to media coverage. The roman text links go to additional information.

Science Line. 2-13-17. In an article about producing cheese with mold in caves and vaults, quoted Department of Animal Science Assistant Professor Dennis D’Amico about what happens with spores within the moldy cheese.

By Patsy Evans