Aspiring Veterinarian Program

Call for Applications: Young People Interested in a Career as a Veterinarian – Apply TODAY!

Are you a young person passionate about animal care and interested in a career as a large animal veterinarian? If yes, this opportunity might be for you!

NYAAC is hosting a program where experienced veterinarians from across NY will provide insight into a career as a veterinarian. This program will allow young people to watch a veterinarian interact with farmers, the public, and fellow professionals. Additionally, participants can ask questions and get guidance from those who have successfully navigated the daunting journey of becoming a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

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Where: The Dairy Cow Birthing Center at The NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY

When: 1, six-hour shift on a selected day, August 21 – September 2, 2024

Details: The aspiring vet (applicant) will be paired with an experienced veterinarian who will be volunteering at the Dairy Cow Birthing Center at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY. In addition to talking with fairgoers and enlightening the public about the dairy industry, during the six-hour “shadowing,” applicants may observe veterinarians:

  • Perform routine exams on mature dairy cattle
  • Review health papers
  • Administer calcium blouses
  • Check the pregnant cow’s cervix for dilation
  • Check the positioning of a calf in the birth canal
  • Delivery of a calf
  • Check fresh cows for retained placentas or other common ailments 
  • Perform routine wellness exams on recently born calves 

Qualifications to Apply: 

  • Be entering into junior year of High School in Aug/Sept 2024, High school senior, undergrad college students enrolled in classes for the fall of 2024
  • Be a NY resident
  • Have reliable transportation to and from the NYS Fairgrounds on the day of their assigned shift
  • If the applicant is under 18, they must have a parent/guardian sign a waiver

Applications are due by June 7th.

Please reach out to NYAAC’s Executive Director, Eileen Jensen, with questions –

NY Animal Agriculture Young Advocates Scholarship

Fostering Growth and Education in Animal Agriculture

The NY Animal Agriculture Young Advocates Scholarship has a rich history of supporting New York residents pursuing higher education in various agriculture-related disciplines. The scholarship has empowered aspiring individuals in agriculture, providing a $500 scholarship to two aspiring individuals in 2022 and again in 2023.

Building on this success, the scholarship evolved in 2023, with the New York Animal Agriculture Coalition (NYAAC) awarding two $750.00 scholarships. This increase in support reflects NYAAC’s commitment to promoting animal agriculture education and advocacy. The support from New York farmers and farm businesses is pivotal in making these scholarships possible.

Click here to learn about our 2024 Animal Agriculture Advocacy Scholarship recipients. 

Stay tuned for more information on the 2025 scholarship call for applications.

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Eligibility & Criteria

Open to New York residents engaged in college education in Fall 2025 OR non-NY residents attending an NYS University as a full-time student.

Majors encompass a range of disciplines, including Livestock Management, Dairy Science, Agricultural Education, Agriculture Communications, Agricultural Business, or Animal Science.

How it works

Each scholarship recipient will be awarded $750.00 after providing proof of attendance through an official transcript and maintaining a 2.5 college GPA. This adjustment in the award structure reflects the commitment to recognizing and supporting the achievements of young advocates as they progress through their academic journey.

The NY Animal Agriculture Young Advocates Scholarship continues to play a crucial role in shaping the future of animal agriculture in New York. As we anticipate the 2025 scholarship cycle, the emphasis on education, community engagement, and industry cooperation remains unwavering. This initiative supports individual aspirations and contributes to fostering understanding and appreciation for animal agriculture.

If you are a passionate advocate with dreams of making a difference in the field of agriculture, seize this opportunity to be part of a community that values your commitment and dedication. Apply for the 2025 NY Animal Agriculture Young Advocates Scholarship, and together, let’s cultivate a brighter future for animal agriculture in New York.

For more details or to apply, click here: NY Animal Ag Young Advocates Scholarship Application (to come)

For questions, please reach out to NYAAC’s Communications Manager, Hannah Johnson, at

Past ProgramDairy Dialogues

Do you have questions about animal agriculture? Do you ever wonder where your food comes from, how cows are cared for on the farm, or how farmers care for the land we live on in our community? 

Our Dairy Dialogues program, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension, was established to answer your questions. Events were held in 2019 in various parts of New York State.

These informal gatherings provided the opportunity for dialogue to occur between local dairy farmers and consumers. Dairy farmers are passionate, hard-working people who dedicate their lives to caring for the cows on their farms, the land they live on, and the communities they live in. These conversions allowed community members to ask questions and better understand all that goes on at our family dairy farms.

Past Locations Included:

  • Hobart and William Smith College, Geneva
  • Broome County Cornell Cooperative Extension, Binghamton
  • Utica Public Library, Utica
  • Bancroft Library, Salem
  • Cornell University Cinema, Ithaca
  • Black River Valley Natural, Lyons Falls
  • SUNY Orange (Newburgh Campus), Newburgh
  • Saratoga City Library, Saratoga 
  • SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh
  • Saratoga City Library, Saratoga

Past ProgramCows in the Classroom

Cows in the Classroom is a program that stemmed from our Displaying Dairy program, where we purchased two fiberglass cows to help spread the good news about NY dairy farming. The two fiberglass cows are now living at Holland Patent High School and Marcus Whitman High School, being utilized in their agriculture education classrooms.