UF/IFAS Animal Sciences Have You HERD Program

Fall 2022 Have You HERD

This semester, the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Department of Animal Sciences (ANS) Undergraduate Advising Office successfully launched the “Have you HERD?” student program. If you have not already HERD, this new program is designed to give high school students a chance to experience being an Animal Sciences student at the University of Florida. The idea for the program came from wanting to showcase the unique department to high school students and allow them more access to witness everything available at the University of Florida.

Over the course of the semester, five high school students spent a day as an Animal Sciences student. These students were paired with current Animal Sciences students, with each of their schedules designed with their interests in mind. The selected students attended classes, toured the campus, and spent time with many current students, faculty, and staff.

Fall 2022 HYH Participants

Ava McCoy
Camille Britt
Isaac Harper
Megan Watier
Savannah Jerrels

The ANS department will continue to offer this program every fall and spring semester. Prospective students who wish to pursue the animal agricultural industry are encouraged to apply beginning December 2, 2022. More information about the application is below!

Student Testimonials

“All of the students and teachers were helpful and patient when answering questions, and they truly seemed happy to have me there.”
Megan Waiter

“Overall, it has been a really great experience and has shown me more than any website/class trip/campus tour ever could have.”
Isaac Harper

“Meeting with the different students helped me understand more about the college. I got to laugh with others and it made me feel at home.”
Camille Britt

“I would recommend it to anyone.”
Savannah Jerrels

“Mrs. Alexis was so nice and very helpful and informative. The girls I was with, Shelby, Grace, and Payton were so nice and answered all of my questions without hesitation.”
Ava McCoy

One girl on horse posing with three people standing beside the horse
Megan Watier with Animal Sciences students and Mr. Joel Mcquagge in the Horse Psychology and Training class
student mixing milk to make ice cream in a classroom
Isaac Harper making Ice Cream in the Introduction to Animal Sciences Lab
two students with a microscope looking at a computer screen
Camille Britt with an ANS graduate student in the Reproductive Physiology and Endocrinology lab.
two people talking in a horse barn in front of stalls
Savannah Jerrels and Mr. Joel McQuagge in the Horse Teaching Unit.
girl leading a haltered sheep between two other sheep and other students in the class
Ava McCoy leading a sheep in the Introduction to Livestock and Meat Evaluation class.









Apply for Spring 2023 Have You HERD?

The Have You HERD? spring 2023 applications will open on December 2, 2022 and will close on January 15, 2023.

In the Have You Herd? application, students will submit a 3-4 minute video of themselves describing their background and interest areas. Student involvement and career interests are important topics to focus on. Students are encouraged to talk about the subjects or animal sciences disciplines they enjoy learning about (nutrition, reproduction, genetics, etc.) Adding the vision they have for their day as an Animal Sciences student will really aid in planning their visit!

Teachers and 4-H Club leaders are encouraged to nominate students who they believe would benefit from learning more about the Animal Sciences department. An additional resource for all College of Agricultural and Life Sciences prospective students, including those students interested in animal sciences, is NaviGATORing CALS.

1. Applicant must be a current high school student or graduated from high school within the past year.
2. A guardian must be present but will not be allowed to attend classes.
3. Have an interest in or career goals related to the field of Animal Sciences.

When the application opens on December 2, use the link or QR code below to apply.

Click here, or scan the QR Code to apply:

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For any questions please contact Alexis Tilton or Savannah Linzmaier.

Find more information about the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences on our website. Stay in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Read more on UF/IFAS ANS here: http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/animalsciencesdept/.


Savannah Linzmaier
Posted: November 16, 2022

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agriculture, Events, Livestock, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Teaching
Tags: Animal Sciences, Ans, Education, Have You HERD, Recruitment, Student Ambassadors, Student Life

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