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Isabella Kukor conducts research with Dr. Jay Daniel.

Isabella Kukor conducts research with Dr. Jay Daniel.

Hours before most people pour their first cup of coffee, freshman Isabella Kukor slips on her boots for the early-morning shift at Berry’s on-campus dairy. By the time she heads to class at 8 a.m., she has milked cows, fed newborn calves and performed many other duties in and around the facility. Next on her to-do list – after class, of course – is researching new techniques for preserving animal tissue with Professor Jay Daniel in Berry’s new animal science laboratory. Overwhelming? Kukor wouldn’t have it any other way.

The animal science major from Frederick, Md., has been working with large animals since she was 8 years old. By the time she was 15, she was showing prize-winning goats and dairy heifers at her local county fair. In high school, she was a member of the National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America), serving as a chapter officer. After graduation, she spent a year as state president for the organization before choosing to travel nine hours from home to attend Berry. The reason? Opportunities available through Berry’s highly regarded animal science program to work toward her dream career in agricultural business management.

“Berry provides real job experience and realistic expectations when it comes to a career in veterinary medicine or agricultural science,” Kukor explained. “Students are encouraged to work with the animals, taking care of their needs.”

Berry hopes to maximize the educational opportunities available to students like Kukor through the LifeReady Campaign. Click here to learn more about the vision for animal science, including a major new classroom and teaching-lab facility to be constructed adjacent to McAllister Hall.

By student writer Katherine Edmonds

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