DOMINIC College students received a special sneak peek into the world of animal husbandry when the school’s resident Toggenburg goat, Kelly, recently gave birth.
“It was very well-timed with the students getting to watch me deliver the baby in the college stables,” Dominic College director of science K-10 Jane Myers said.
“The female baby goat was given the name Qiairy and has become a popular addition to our little school farmyard, which includes alpacas, sheep, calves, donkeys, goats and a much-loved pony.”
Kelly and Qiairy are just a few of the many animals students come into contact with as part of Dominic College’s new animal husbandry and marine science course.
Ms Myers said she developed the course in response to an increased student interest in marine biology, veterinary science and environmental science at a university level.
“In the animal husbandry component of the course, students gain an understanding of the classification, anatomy, physiology, behaviour and ethical care of a variety of animal species,” she said.
Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said the development of a number of new facilities on the school’s extensive grounds helped to support this “highly-engaging” new program for students.
“Not only are our year nine and 10 elective students studying the life and care of these animals, but students from Kindergarten to year 10 also experience animal care activities in their science classes,” she said.
Caption: Dominic College director of science K-10, Jane Myers, with new baby goat, Qiairy.