All Kinds of News for August 08, 2018
This summer, Greenbrier Academy students had the opportunity to visit the farm of Arthur Bartenslager in Lewisburg, WV for a biology field trip. The fourteen GBA students were welcomed by Art and his son Zack, who is an animal husbandry professor at the University of Tennessee, and Dr. Allen, DVM from Lexington, VA.
Students observed while Dr. Allen’s team collected fresh embryos from three donor cows. The embryos were examined under a microscope to be used in two separate procedures. One group of embryos would be set in reciprocal cows that afternoon, while the other would be frozen in liquid nitrogen and saved for later use.
Students were able to ask questions for Dr. Allen and Professor Bartenslage that demonstrated basic knowledge of reproductive physiology. Dr. Allen gave a short talk on how the basic reproductive anatomy and physiology influences how the procedure is conducted. Girls were fascinated by the liquid nitrogen preservation tanks and at the high viability of the embryos stored in them. Two of the girls who aspire to be veterinarians were particularly interested in the epidural and palpation procedure. All the girls left with an appreciation for the gentleness with which the cows were handled and how calm the cows were when walking out of the holding chute, following the procedure.
By engaging in this experience, students were able to cultivate greater understanding of animal husbandry and its connection to science. Experiential, hands-on learning creates lifelong learners, one of GBA’s primary academic objectives.
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Greenbrier Academy (GBA) is an all-girls' therapeutic boarding school. The mission at Greenbrier Academy is to mentor and empower adolescent girls and their families to create quality, healing intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships through inspired critical thinking, advanced therapeutics, college prep academics and stimulating adventures.