2019 Program Dates: June 9-22, 2019

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

For general information about AgDiscovery Program go here: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery

To apply for the AgDiscovery program, please go to https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/civilrights/agdiscovery/application

Program Information:

The Kentucky State University AgDiscovery (AgD) Program is a two-week, residential program targeting diverse students from limited-resource communities interested in careers in animal science and veterinary medicine.

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) partners with various universities and colleges to deliver the AgDiscovery program at locations throughout the country. Each university’s program focuses on a specific area of interest to our Nation’s agriculture – such as:

  • plant health
  • entomology
  • veterinary science
  • animal care biotechnology
  • agribusiness.

Program Content: The curriculum is designed to introduce animal science and veterinary medicine through structured educational activities. Students selected to participate in AgD will have hands-on experiences through lab and research projects, workshops, and site visits, including animal dissections and autopsies.

AgD participants receive assistance in techniques that will improve skills on standardized exams, such as the ACT, and will also participate in a variety of character- and team-building activities, which require the use of math, science and technology.

Recreational activities are integrated into the program to promote physical health and wellness, and to enhance interpersonal skills among the students.

Program Eligibility: Applicants must be a middle or high school student, not younger than 14 and not older than 17 by May 31st of the program year. Applicants should also have a strong and sincere interest in animal science and veterinary medicine.

All application packages must be received or postmarked by check back for deadline.

Contact Information:

Dr. Travella Free
Assistant Extension Professor
4-H Youth Development Specialist
Rosenwald 4-H Youth Development Center
Kentucky States University
315 Maryland Avenue
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 597-6261
travella.free@kysu.edu


Jerusha (Jessie) Lay, DVM
Assistant Professor
College of Agriculture, Communities, and the Environment
Cooperative Extension Building
Room 112
400 East Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 597-6672
jerusha.Lay@kysu.edu


Dr. John Hollis
USDA-APHIS
(502) 682-1402
john.hollis@aphis.usda.gov