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VMTRC Intern to Focus on Dairy Nutrition and Feeding Systems

September 2, 2015

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VMTRC welcomes new intern Kelly Mitchell


The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center (VMTRC) – Tulare recently welcomed Kelly Mitchell as a new intern focusing on dairy nutrition and feeding systems.  

Funded in part by the California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF), the goal of this first-time program at the VMTRC is to train future leaders in feed manufacturing, dairy feeding systems, nutrient management and feed and food safety so they can better understand feeding cows, identify potential industry issues, and troubleshoot problems in the feeding process.

Under the guidance of VMTRC Dairy Nutritionist Dr. Heidi Rossow, Mitchell will partner with feed manufacturers, feed companies and nutrition consultants to gain valuable hands-on experience. For example, through research projects with BIOMIN America and Stuhr Enterprises – animal nutrition companies – she will have the opportunity to work at a calf ranch and dairy to study dairy nutrition and feed management.

Mitchell is a third generation of her family born and raised in Tulare County and both her father and grandfather are local farmers and dairy veterinarians. She graduated with a BS in Animal Sciences from UC Davis in 2015 and has experience working in her father’s veterinary practice.

Mitchell said that while nutrition is vital for calf and cow health, she hasn’t received a lot of training or experience in the field and is excited to finally gain it through this internship.

“Nutrition is central to cow health,” said Mitchell. “Dairymen have a ton of tools that they can utilize to improve nutrition, and I want to be part of that.”

Her plan for the future is to focus on her graduate education while staying in California so she can continue the projects she likes which include working with dairy cows, conducting industry research, analyzing data and possibly consulting.

 “I’m so happy I got this opportunity at the VMTRC– it allows me to also learn more about my own hometown,”  she added.