This past summer, a group of animal and poultry sciences students traveled to England, Scotland, and Ireland to compare animal behavior and management between the United States and United Kingdom. During a two-week study abroad program, the group interacted with community members, farmers, researchers, and policymakers to learn how animal care differs in the United Kingdom.
Cynthia Wood, associate professor in animal and poultry sciences, led the program which focuses on research and applications of applied animal behavior and management.
The group stopped at the Roslin Institute in Scotland to attend several applied animal behavior research presentations. The Roslin Institute is where Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned, was born.
Students toured London’s Writtle College, one of the largest land-based institutions, including its companion animals program that houses peacocks. The program also included visits to beef cattle farms in Scotland, a livestock auction farm and homestay with a farmer in Ireland, dairy farms where they sampled fresh goat cheese, and some close encounters with a prized stallion and foals in Dublin.