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New clinic to enhance student leadership

The newest addition to Lakeland College’s Vermilion campus will offer enhanced student-leadership opportunities beginning in September 2018.

Students in the animal health technology and...
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Lakeland earns seventh Milk Quality award

Students taking the lead in dairy production earned Lakeland College’s Dairy Unit its seventh Milk Quality Award, presented by Alberta Milk.

“Receiving the Milk Quality Award highlights...
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Alumnus brings rare AI workshop to Lakeland

Lakeland College hosted one of the first sheep non-surgical artificial insemination (AI) courses in Western Canada from Sept. 16-17 at its Vermilion campus.

Class of ’92 alumnus Jason Cooper, a...
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Playing leading role throughout Dairy Learning Centre project

Maryje Bikker didn’t just step out of her comfort zone at Lakeland College, she took charge as the team leader of the Student-Managed Farm (SMF) – Powered by New Holland dairy unit.

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A lesson in farming

At Lakeland College, an innovative student-managed farm is turning out business-minded young farmers ready for the job ahead.

Nearly 10 years ago, April Thomi faced the same dilemma as many high school...
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Kay gains meaningful mentorship in beef sector

Grayden Kay believes everything is better with some cows around. 

The Lakeland College alum has been heavily involved in attending shows and sales as well as showing purebred cattle since he was a...
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Agronomy career in sight for former Lacombe resident

Being from a farm is not a prerequisite for a career in agriculture.

“Many of our students are from farms, but we’ve definitely seen an increase in students who were raised in urban areas....
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Student selected to attend international congress

Lakeland College’s Calvin Bartel was among select company at the 2011 International Livestock Congress in Calgary in August.
 
The animal science technology student was one of only 20...
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AST student makes his mark in the cattle industry

Dustin Coleman cried when his family sold their dairy herd in 2003. He was 12 years old at the time.

Now, some eight years later, the Innisfail, Alta., resident rekindled his relationship with the...
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Student-run trial targets milk options

Milk, and milk replacer, are being put to the test with orphan lambs at Lakeland’s Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland (SMF).

The brainchild of Tara Sturges, an animal science...
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New SMF team uniting college farm

The Student-Managed Farm (SMF) – Powered by New Holland is expanding again while bringing its students closer together.

Gathered around a table on a Thursday afternoon, Kayla Twidale – a...
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Ag alumnus excels

Lakeland College’s October 2015 Career Fair was a homecoming of sorts for Rebecca Joseph.

A Class of 2010 graduate of the animal science technology (AST) program, Joseph was at the Vermilion...
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Band in the Sand: A dirty good time & a great learning experience

A lot can change in a few years. When Robert Dixon graduated from Lakeland College in 2006, he was one of seven students in the agribusiness program. Today, there are 36 first-year and 42 second-year...  Read more...

International accolades for auctioneering alumnus

One Lakeland College alumnus earned top marks internationally for his ability to talk a mile-a-minute.

Ryan Konynenbelt, Class of 2015, placed third out of 27 entrants and was named Rookie of the Year...
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Practice gives ag student weekly job as auctioneer

Betty Botter bought some butter.

That’s just one of the tongue twisters Ryan Konynenbelt uses for practice. When he’s not studying, the first-year Lakeland College animal sciences...
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Mullin & Reay respected by rodeo peers

It is not often a rodeo team member competes in four events. Combine that with being recognized as Cowgirl of the Year by fellow members and one would have to say Ali Mullin had a great year.

The...
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Winter wheat added to SMF rotation thanks to project with Ducks Unlimited

To many agricultural producers, winter wheat is an unknown and untried commodity. But a new hands-on partnership between Lakeland College and Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), is firmly planting into the...  Read more...

Watching a SMF choice turn into championships

As agriculture is a lot about planning and patience, and since results are often more than a couple of years away, it's fitting Student-Managed Farm (SMF) – Powered by New Holland activities...  Read more...

"Perfect" exchange experience for Norwegian students

Lakeland College’s Student-Managed Farm (SMF) – Powered by New Holland is making headlines in Norway thanks to Tore Glaerum. 

He and three other students – Camilla Bye, Andreas...
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Student shares passion for dairy

Jake Vermeer lives and breathes dairy farming. And it shows. In a new video recently produced by Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), Vermeer shares his love for dairy and the value it brings to others.

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Student leaders share SMF concept

Presenting at the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) 2016 Applied Research Symposium proved to be one of the highlights of the year for Austin Vavrek and Taylor Carson.

The second-year crop...
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Alumna earns royal title

From Balzac, Alta., to Australia, Ali Mullin, Class of 2014 agribusiness, has a busy year of travel ahead of her. In fact, she’ll be living out of a suitcase for much of it as she attends...  Read more...

The sky is the limit for Lakeland student

Almost every young boy dreams of being a pilot when he grows up but Kolten Baker is taking his dreams to another level. Baker, a first-year crop technology student at the Vermilion campus, expects to...  Read more...

A dream come true

More than 10 years ago Brandy LaSalle was asked what she planned to do.

A common question asked of most students studying at any post-secondary institution, this Lakeland College alumna’s...
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Top score for agribusiness student

Lakeland College agribusiness student Jess Verstappen won the Canadian National 4-H and Youth Judging Competition, during the Canadian Western Agribition in November.

“I was really surprised...
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New seed drill, research team continues to grow program

The success of an experimental trial hinges on the day of seeding, says Laurel Perrott, crop research specialist at Lakeland College.

“Therefore, having a piece of machinery that is going to do a...
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SME operates successful pop-up shop

Before the doors to the Santa’s One-Stop Shop – Powered by Student-Managed Enterprise (SME) opened early in December, a lineup had formed.

The buzz created on campus, in the community and...
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AHT students focus on canine rehab

Using exercise balls, balance boards, stairs, canine treadmills and other equipment, animal health technology (AHT) students put their patients through their paces. The goal of this AHT canine...  Read more...

Building a bond with clients and owners

Canine dental clinics are just one of the ways animal health technician (AHT) students step from the classroom into hands-on experience in Lakeland’s small animal clinic.

“Practising in a...
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International students enjoying AHT's clinical side

Lakeland College’s animal health technology (AHT) diploma is garnering international interest. The program currently has two international students – one a former police officer and...  Read more...

Lakeland instructor earns Canada’s first VTS credential

Two and a half years of hard work has paid off for Lakeland College’s Brianne Bellwood. The Lakeland instructor is Canada’s first credentialed veterinary technician specialist in the field...  Read more...

Ag students share SMF experience in Kazakhstan

Two second-year animal science technology students joined Lakeland instructor Geoff Brown in Kazakhstan this fall.

Brown was Lakeland’s representative in an Alberta delegation that was in the...
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Students organize feline fundraiser

Several first-year animal health technology students put a feline spin on their group project.

Tasked with organizing a fundraiser for their Lakeland College communications course, Hailey Harasem,...
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Eye-opening experience for ag students at case competition

Four Lakeland College agricultural students were members of the first team to represent the college at the Cor Van Raay Agribusiness Case Competition.

Sydney de Koning, Katie Serhienko, Brandon Hertz...
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AST student calls Lakeland a "dream school"

While Hannah Olsen is the first member of her family to attend Lakeland, her family is very familiar with the college. In fact, Hannah is the granddaughter of Robert Olsen – Lakeland’s...  Read more...

Dairy unit recognized with provincial award

A combination of strong communication, hard work and consistency netted Lakeland College’s dairy unit a Milk Quality Award from Alberta Milk.

“It’s recognition from industry that we...
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AHT Class of 2016 excels

Animal heath technology (AHT) students from the graduating class of 2016 earned top marks on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). They achieved a 95 per cent success rate on the exam...  Read more...

Angus herd offers purebred learning opportunities

The purebred cattle team of Lakeland College's Student-Managed Farm - Powered by New Holland  works with purebred Angus cattle with a history dating back to 1938. Instructor Leila Hickman traced...  Read more...

A team effort – Lakeland instructor earns Gold Harvest Award

Lakeland instructor Peter Walsh is the recipient of a 2016 Gold Harvest Award as a member of the Entomology Field Guide Team.

Walsh, and a group of his peers, were recognized for their exceptional and...
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VMA grad pursues passion

Kevin Stevenson’s passion for animals brought him to Lakeland College. And now that he’s finished the veterinary medical assistant (VMA) program, Stevenson is looking forward to the future...  Read more...

AHT student awarded Governor General's Academic Medal

Being part of the Rustlers Rodeo Team, being able to board her horse on campus and being able to take the lead in labs are the top three highlights of Shelby Robbins’ Lakeland College experience...  Read more...

President’s Medal recipient built successful skillset

While word of mouth brought Jana MacLeod, Class of 2016, to Lakeland College, career-relevant and cutting-edge learning opportunities helped her to excel.

“I heard it was the college vets wanted...
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Students gain business experience through SME

Just like any new start-up, developing and launching Student Managed Enterprise (SME) had its share of challenges.

But there were also many rewards for the students and instructors involved in the...
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A Lakeland reunion of sorts

In a sense, Roy Kelm’s horse training career has come full circle at Lakeland College. As the western ranch and cow horse (WRCH) program’s new instructor, Kelm found a former &ldquo...  Read more...

Students focus on hoof care

The dairy cow is often compared to a high functioning machine where all moving parts are of utmost importance.   

The more comfortable dairy cows are on their feet, the more they eat and the...
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Stress less, explore more with alumni's invention

Inspiration can strike at any moment. Scrambling to locate a baby bottle while camping in a tent under a star-filled sky in the wee hours of the morning proved to be an “aha” moment for...  Read more...

AHT students target canine obesity

Learning to work with pet owners whose dogs are tipping the scale is the focus of a new animal health technology (AHT) project at Lakeland College.

After a call for “plump” dogs went out...
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AHT student earns Governor General’s Academic Medal

A few weeks after learning that she was the 2015 recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Medal, Roxy Korth is still speechless.

“I have no words,” she says with a laugh. “I...
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SMF celebrates 25 years of hands-on learning

Faba beans were the wonder crop last year. 

“It was a strange thing, I had never seen them grow in the field,” says Peter Walsh, with a laugh. “It was a whole new learning...
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Ron Hoffman: Horseman & Teacher

Finding Ron Hoffman in Vermilion, Alberta is a challenge. It is July 25, 2013, and the town is buzzing, as it is the brilliant first morning of the 107th Annual Fair, now a three-day celebration. Ron...  Read more...

Agbusiness students hands on with FarmOn

Agribusiness students in the marketing communications stream have completed the first stage of an incredible live the learning experience.

The 10 second-year students spent a hectic two weeks helping...
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Agricultural Students Participate In Conflict Resolution Role Play

Picture a farm couple married for 25 years. He's lived in his father's shadow. She's thinking about retirement to town. They have two children. Their oldest son is married and farms. Their youngest...  Read more...

Hills Pet Nutrition stethoscope donation for all 1st year AHTs

It's a donation saves that  each student in the region of $30 or the department a combined cost of $1,250. But the donation extends beyond the monetary saving. Receiving a stethoscope marks its own...  Read more...

Dishing about Supper in the Field

It was the perfect setting.

Sitting on tailgates with their plates filled with hot dogs and salads, crop technology students got to know one another during the Student Managed Farm (SMF) Supper in the...
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Talent trumps gender in today’s agriculture

Josie Van Lent was “purposely naive” when she began her agriculture career more than 30 years ago.

“There were times when the fact that I was female was probably less appreciated, but...
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Getting an amazing education

Final presentations are part of a special course in Lakeland College agricultural sciences Student Managed Farm class. When Carley Avison, the manager of the purebred beef unit, summed up her team's...  Read more...

Two seasons in Belize: Dry & Wet

Spending time on a farm with alumni Rodney and Steward Dyck gave Lakeland College Ag Tour Club students the chance to experience firsthand what agriculture is like in Belize.

The group of 17 students...
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Lakeland ag students live the learning in Brazil

Did you know that Brazil, a major player in the world agricultural industry, has 70 million hectares of cultivated land as compared to 50 million in Canada?

Students in Lakeland College’s Ag...
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What happened in Vegas, returns to Lakeland

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas isn't the case when you go on a study trip. Just ask any of the dozen second-year animal health technology (AHT) students who travelled to the Western Veterinary...  Read more...

An elephant they will never forget

Second-year animal health technology students had a chance to get up close and personal to one of Edmonton’s biggest celebrities.

Weighing in at 4,100 kg, Lucy the 37-year-old Asian elephant is...
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Jamie Holdstock: Following the Path of Curiosity and Enthusiasm

Jamie Holdstock is a great role model for students who want to find work they love and enjoy every step along the way.

A Lakeland College grad from agricultural sciences in 2004, she was welcomed back...
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Bellwood's Course Notes Published as a Textbook

What started as a homegrown lab manual for animal health technology (AHT) students at Lakeland College has turned into a handbook of common lab procedures for veterinary clinics as well.

Instructor...
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Canine Agility Club teaches old dogs new tricks

Lakeland College’s Canine Agility Club wants to increase its membership in the New Year! If you have always wanted to try some agility training with your dog--or just want to have fun with your...  Read more...

Therapeutic laser gives AHT students an edge

If you are a human with hairy legs, laser therapy is one solution. If you are a golden retriever with hairy legs and arthritis, laser therapy may work for you.

Laser therapy is becoming an increasingly...
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Students harvest awards and knowledge

Jeremy Rouwe and Daniel Vandenberg are both from British Columbia's interior. Rouwe graduated from Lakeland's animal science program in 2012 and Vandenberg is in his second year right now. This summer...  Read more...

Trial at the bull test facility

Do beef cattle perform better on a high moisture barley or dry rolled barley finishing diet?

The answer to that question will hopefully be known in late January thanks to a new trial recently started...
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Pura vida! AHT students experience Costa Rica

It was off to Costa Rica for four students in Lakeland College's Animal Health Technology program as they teamed up to work with Vet Nurses in the Wild for an international work experience.

Near Limon...
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Lakeland heifers “fair” well over summer

In addition to all Peter Wilkinson’s other duties this summer, he entered the college heifers in some local community fairs. At the fair at Minburn, the animals won reserve champion and second...  Read more...

Lakeland students call the shots on Student Managed Farm

It’s been a busy few months for animal science technology students. Last week, they shared their progress and experiences of working with the livestock units on Lakeland College’s Student...  Read more...

Students take the lead to fund awards & support SPCA

In the near words of Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin, “Students are doing it for themselves.”

Based on the recent actions of several Lakeland students, the future of others is looking...
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Ag alumni return to grow an industry field of dreams

It was a mini homecoming for four agricultural sciences grads as they returned to Lakeland soil as industry representatives to seed some new test plots and trial sites on Lakeland College’s...  Read more...

AHT Goes Digital

The animal health technology program has acquired a Konica Minolta Computerized Radiography (CR) system using digital phosphor plates to capture x-ray images of furry and four-legged patients. The...  Read more...

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