[Just a warning, one picture is not for the faint of heart.]
Having said that, our oldest has had a great couple of days this week shadowing at a ranch. Shadowing is when a person watches what another does for a living to learn about their occupation.
Jake loves working with animals and is aspiring to be a large breed animal veterinarian. He even asked for an animal anatomy and physiology textbook to read in his spare time during this, his Senior, year.
Last week he walk into a ranch nearby and asked to observe. Cattle people may recognize the place ~ Express Ranch. It's the biggest seed cattle producer for Black Angus in the country and their main ranch with 3,500 head is not to far from us. They don't have a vet on staff but they do have an embryologist who invited Jake to spend a couple of days working with him. What an amazing opportunity!
|his arm is not behind the cow|
He was able to help flush eggs out of cows. These were cows that have been bred with bulls so their embryos could be sold to other cattlemen. Surrogate cows - I didn't even know they did that! He got lots of practice doing this and came home with stains on his clothes to prove it.
|If you click on this pic to enlarge you can see the tiny embryos in the center of the top dish|
|embryos under the microscope|
He learned how to tell the difference between the good embryos and bad ones.
He was even able to practice moving the tiny things (the bad one, of course) under a microscope.
It's so nice to see your child come home loving what he did that day
with hopes of it directing him into his future.