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Agriculture & Veterinary Technology

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Agriculture & Veterinary Technology

Dr. Philip Schroeder, Chair
Phone : 607-587-3983
Secretary phone : 607-587-4714
Email : schroepd@alfredstate.edu

Agriculture students participate in hands-on experiences working with crops, plants, animals, facilities, and equipment. Graduates leave our programs with a true feel for the industry they plan to enter. Veterinary technology students are prepared to sit for the Veterinary Technology National Exam (VTNE) through intensive lecture and laboratory courses. Passage of this exam is required for licensure as a veterinary technician. Veterinary technology students are also required to complete a 240-hour preceptorship (work experience), which gives them real, practical experience between completing their first year and graduation. Students have many opportunities to help tell the story of agriculture at college-hosted events for elementary and high school students, educators, and the general public. Through the agricultural and veterinary technology clubs, students help organize dairy and livestock shows, consignment sales, judging competitions, agricultural skills contests, tours, and other educational events.


The Department of Agriculture & Veterinary Technology will facilitate learning and engage communities in the practices of sustainable food production and animal welfare.  We will develop graduates who will sustainably and profitably manage animals and natural reosurces for a secure society.


  • Agriculture Science Building – This facility contains laboratories specializing in soils, botany, and animal anatomy and physiology. A 5,300-square-foot greenhouse produces hydroponic vegetables, edible flowers, and herbs and contains a tropical room, desert room, and plant propagation areas.
  • 800-acre college farm – The farm serves as a field laboratory to provide practical instruction in production agriculture and to produce feed for the college’s livestock. It is home to Holsteins, horses, alpacas, swine, poultry, and sheep used for instruction in animal care and management. The farm is also used for soils, botany, feeds and nutrition, and field and forage crops classes. Students have the opportunity to work on the farm as interns. Other facilities there focus on high tunnel vegetable production, row crop production, and agroforestry practices.
  • Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture (COSA) – The center, located at the college farm, features both an organic dairy herd, with which students gain experience in management intensive grazing and a robotic milking system, and a conventional herd. Currently, Alfred State is the only institution of higher education in the United States with both conventional and organic dairy systems on the same farm. Additional facilities are being developed at the Groveland farm, a 270-acre crop farm near Sonyea, NY.
  • Veterinary Technology Center – This state-of-the-art facility includes surgical and radiography laboratories, a classroom area for Introduction to veterinary technology, animal health care and laboratory animal management laboratories, and animal housing facilities.


Agricultural Business (AAS)
Agricultural Technology (AAS)
Veterinary Technology (AAS)