Kendall Wright 2015-2016
Experiential Learning in Reproductive Physiology
Through this program, students will be responsible for the care of a pregnant cat, which will be fostered from the local animal shelter. Students will be responsible for maintaining the animal’s facilities– cleaning, sanitation and medical needs. Throughout the pregnancy, students will learn about reproductive physiology content—gestation and fetus development. Each day, the students will monitor the progress of the pregnancy by observing changes in the cat using information learned in class. They will take measurements daily, including stomach width and milk production. Students will accompany the cat to the veterinarian for all checkups to observe the veterinary practices used to monitor the cat. Students will set up a video camera every night to film the animal in case the cat conceives outside of school hours. The birth will be watched via the recording. Once the kittens are born, students will learn about the development of young animals and observe their growth, again taking measurements. Students will develop and implement a marketing plan for the kittens with the goal of adoption. The culmination of this program will be a 5 to 10-minute presentation on some aspect of the reproductive physiology unit.