Students at Mundare School are getting to learn about animals of all sizes.
When the school polled its students about developing new junior high option programming last year, many expressed an interest in learning more about livestock and pets.
The school responded by launching a new option course called Animal Husbandry.
“We have a lot of rural students and every year, they express a huge interest in animals,” said Jason Lafrance, the teacher who developed and instructs the new course. “We’re able to tap into that enthusiasm and provide them not only with important information about animal biology and welfare, but also hands-on experience in animal care and safety.”
Currently, 39 students in Grade 7 and 8 are studying horses and discussing behavioural attributes, basic needs, training, transportation and safety of both the handler and the animal.
“I’m really excited about this class,” said Grade 8 student Rian Theroux. “We’re getting a chance to learn about horses, dogs, cattle, small pets and birds. I like that we get to actually work with the animals and practice what we’re being taught.”
In addition to Lafrance, a veterinarian will be helping guide the curriculum that’s taught throughout the course.
Other topics students will learn about include nutrition, basic health, disease identification, treatment and prevention.

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