Ohio State ATI’s dairy facility and programs offer students so many opportunities! From hands-on experiences caring for the animals, and learning management techniques, to visiting other dairies on field trips, our students gain a wide understanding of the dairy industry. At Ohio State ATI we offer two dairy programs to cater to students’ different career and educational goals. First our Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Dairy Cattle Production and Management offers students the opportunity to earn an Ohio State University degree in two years and then move into the industry. Our Associate of Science (AS) in Animal Sciences with a Dairy Specialization is designed for students whose educational goals include earning a bachelor’s degree. We encourage you to schedule a visit to discuss what option may be best for you!
The following 45 Ohio State ATI students received their American Degree as part of the 93rd National FFA Convention! These students have demonstrated the highest levels of commitment to FFA! We are so proud of your accomplishments! Congratulations!
|Autumn Banks||Wayne Trace|
|Justin Cordle||Fairfield Union|
|Hunter Haines||River View|
|Braxton James||Colonel Crawford|
|Wyatt Kissell||Mount Vernon|
|Zach Kronemberger||Miami East|
|Jason Leatherman||Liberty Center|
|Sean Magers||East Knox|
|Drew Mast||West Holmes|
|Jacob McCarty||East Knox|
|Hayden McCoy||River View|
|Justin Miller||Mississinawa Valley|
|Maggie Miller||Indian Valley|
|Abby Niese||Miller City|
|Haley Parparella||Columbiana County Career Tech Center|
|Ryan Patton||Chief Logan|
|Jacob Pelley||Columbiana County Career Tech Center|
|LeAnn Regula||Benjamin Logan|
|Benjamin Sheaffer||Upper Sandusky|
|Grant Shook||Buckeye Central|
|Emily Singleton||Laurel Oaks|
|Leah Winchell||Wayne County Schools Career Center|
|Brooke Wiseman||New Lexington|
Ohio State ATI offers both an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Horse Production and Management and an Associate of Science (AS) in Animal Sciences with a Horse Specialization. The AAS degree is built for students to complete their two years at Ohio State ATI and then move into the industry. The AS degree is built for students who want to make the transition to the Columbus campus of The Ohio State University and complete a bachelor’s degree. These different degrees make it possible for students to obtain their different education and career goals! If you are interested in learning more schedule a visit and we will be happy to discuss all of the options with you!
At Ohio State ATI, we are proud to provide our students with hands-on experiential learning opportunities! Our swine facilities are no different. Our students are out working with the animals every day and gain experience in every aspect of the industry! If you are interested in learning about swine check out our Livestock Production and Management degree or our Animal Sciences degree with a swine specialization. You can always schedule a visit to learn more about any particular program!
Ohio State ATI’s library is all about finding ways to help students succeed academically. Our library team of Kathy Yoder, Kris Purdy and Abagail Burkey have a combined 37 years at ATI and truly love helping our students. Their biggest advice for a prospective student is, “Don’t be shy about asking questions. That is why we are here. We love helping students figure out what they really need.”
We are really proud of our new beef teaching, research, and outreach facility which was completed in 2020. It joins our beef handling facility which was designed by animal behaviorist Dr. Temple Grandin! Our beef facilities are great for both animal welfare and student learning. If you are interested in learning more about our livestock and animal sciences programs, start here, but we also encourage you to schedule a visit!
By: Nicole McMullen
For our last “In the Field Friday” of the summer we are highlighting Emily Singleton. Singleton is a current Animal Sciences major with an Animal Health specialization at Ohio State ATI. She is from Wilmington, Ohio. She spent some of her time this past summer serving as an orientation ambassador for Ohio State ATI. We would also like to congratulate her for being appointed as the president of the Pre-Vet Club for this school year.
Her internship was with Fine Swine, LLC, located in South Solon, Ohio, as a farrowing (birthing) and gestation (pregnancy) technician. For gestation, Singleton performed heat and pregnancy checks and also bred and treated sows. In addition, she aided in the farrowing of piglets. Throughout her internship she had to keep accurate records for each sow and piglet to ensure animal health and safety were maintained.
Singleton advises students to plan for each week and to be prepared for any major upcoming assignments. “Space everything out and be sure to set aside certain time blocks every day for each of your classes, but don’t forget to set aside time for yourself each day!”
To learn more about what Ohio State ATI has to offer, please visit, ati.osu.edu.
College is a time in your life to try new things! No one emphasizes that more than Jodie Holava, Ohio State ATI’s Student Activities Coordinator. Her biggest advice to a prospective student is “Try it all! You want to join a student group? Go for it! Go on a trip to visit someplace you’ve never been? Why not! It may be uncomfortable and something you’ve never done before, but that’s how you learn and grow!” In her role at the Student Activities Center Jodie is always working on bringing in new activities for our students to enjoy!
Learn more about virtual visits: https://ati.osu.edu/visit
By: Nicole McMullen
This week we will be highlighting two current Ohio State ATI students, Kalyn Blue and Olivia Rinesmith. Both of these students interned at an Ohio State University 4-H Extension office.
Blue is a current Agriscience and Extension Education major from Hamler, Ohio. This summer she interned with both Henry and Fulton County 4-H Extension offices. Her projects included coordinating judges and assisting with questions and office duties. Her advice to future students is to get engaged and involved. “The student organizations and opportunities available through Ohio State will put you ahead for your future career!” Blue added.
From London, Ohio, Rinesmith is studying Agricultural Communication. She completed her internship with the Madison County 4-H Extension office, focusing on the county fair. She attended junior and senior fair board meetings, created graphics for social media, recorded live shows, and assisted with interviews for the junior fair board. Rinesmith shared, ”Having a virtual internship has helped me with my technology skills, as well as communication skills through web calls.”
If you would like to know more about a major in Agriscience Education, Extension Education, or Agricultural Communication, please visit, the following websites:
By: Nicole McMullen
We are excited to highlight our current student, Brooke Bockey, from Spencerville, Ohio. Bockey is studying Animal Science with specializations in Animal Health and Swine at Ohio State ATI. This summer she gained experience in the swine industry. Bockey also served as an orientation ambassador helping new students acclimate to Ohio State ATI.
At Cooper Farms, Bockey interned in the sow division. Biosecurity was an important aspect of her internship as she traveled to different sow, gilt, and piglet barns. Recording ear notches, quality of semen, and availability of pens for piglets were some of her responsibilities. Bockey improved the animals’ health by working to limit the amount of moisture in the pens for gilts, as well.
She would like students to know it is not too early to look for an internship for next summer. Furthermore, when in the interview, it is important to be completely honest with the interviewer. Bockey adds, “Try to gain as much information and knowledge as you can!”
To learn more about the swine facility at Ohio State ATI visit, ati.osu.edu/facilities/swine-facility.