Facilitating Births Part of the Job in NHS’ Ag Program


Emma Jones

Baby rabbits, called kits, are just some of the many animals born into Nonnewaug’s agriscience program.

Emma Jones

Emma Jones, Ag/FFA Reporter

WOODBURY – The agricultural side of Nonnewaug High School is an engaging and busy program. Students are able to see animals progress through their whole lives so the school can keep this program running. What really goes into agricultural schools, and what are the responsibilities to be able to have animals give birth? 

Jennifer Jedd, a vet science teacher at Nonnewaug, says that when animals are close to giving birth, teachers take on added responsibilities.

“We have a laptop with a private viewing link so the teachers can look at it any time and come in if there’s any problems overnight,” says Jedd. 

It takes a lot to be an ag teacher, there’s a lot of responsibility. 

“When the animals here give birth, it takes a lot of preparation, from the students and from the teachers,” says Haley Sarandrea, a sophomore ag student. “Just looking at and learning the signs of when an animal is about to go into labor is an experience here at Nonnewaug.” 

Not only is this an experience for ag kids, but everyone in the main building also hears when a new baby is born — definitely not something most other schools have to offer.