Michael Coleman learns the ins and outs of veterinary services during internship

With his summer internship, Michael Coleman is becoming more skilled in animal science.

The Alcorn State University senior is participating in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) internship in Columbia, South Carolina. Michael, who began his internship Wednesday, June 6, earned the internship through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF). His duties include assisting and observing veterinarian medical officers and veterinarian technicians with the management and identification of animals in livestock markets.

Michael said that he really enjoys the positive atmosphere and working with an amazing team.

“It’s great,” said Michael, an animal science major. “Everyone has a great working relationship with each other. I can’t complain at all because it has been a wonderful experience.”

Every day brings a new task for Michael. He said that being exposed to different assignments is something that he loves about the opportunity.

“I get the chance to do something different with a different animal every day. One day, I may be working with goats; the next day, I may be working with cows. It’s really great because I get to see every aspect of the field.”

Michael said that working on Alcorn’s beef research project has equipped him for his internship. He credits his mentors at the University for enhancing his knowledge of animals.

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