By Laura VaughtElizabeth Haggard, a recent graduate of the Tennessee Tech University School of Agriculture, has returned to TTU, but not as a student. She is completing an internship at TTU's Shipley Farm with assistant farm manager Amanda Houser.
Haggard, a Chattanooga native, graduated from TTU in 2006 with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture with a concentration in pre-veterinary science. She is now in her first year of veterinary school at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.
A requirement for her degree is 12 weeks of extramural studies, essentially an internship to gain more experience with animals.
Since her main experience in Scotland has been with sheep, Haggard has chosen to spend two weeks of her extramural studies at Tech's Shipley Farm to gain more experience with hogs and cattle.
"I have assisted Amanda with her duties on the farm, including feeding pigs and cattle, weaning young pigs, ear notching and repairing a hernia," Haggard said.
Haggard said she has been able to apply what she has learned in the classroom to expand her knowledge of animals even more.
"There is nothing better than practical experience," she said.
Haggard will graduate with a bachelor of veterinary medicine and surgery, the equivalent to a doctor of veterinary medicine in the United States. Since the University of Glasgow is accredited with the American Veterinary Medical Association, she will be eligible to receive her American veterinary license.
TTU's 300-acre Shipley Farm is located west of campus on Highway 290. TTU also raises beef cattle at the 1,800-acre Oakley Farm in Overton County and grows vegetables at the 113-acre Waters organic farm in southern Putnam County.