DelVal's Chair of the Department of Animal Science Presents Discussion on Small Ruminant Quality Assurance at PA Livestock Evaluation Center Event

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Chair of the Department of Animal Science at Delaware Valley University (DelVal), Dr. William (Bill) Fritz, presented a discussion at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center’s Sheep and Goat Field Day and Consignment Breeding Stock Sale in Furnace, Pennsylvania. His presentation, “Small Ruminant Quality Assurance, Developing a Plan for Success in the Sheep and Goat Industries,” was revered by the Pennsylvania State Veterinarian as “timely and relevant.”

Dr. Fritz’s presentation was one of several throughout the event including topics like the importance of veterinary client-patient relationship, selecting for parasite resistance, the Food and Drug Administration’s antibiotic rule changes and more. The presentations resulted in many side conversations about animal health and the event concluded with a breeding stock sale for rams, ewes, bucks and does.

The event was held in conjunction with Penn State University’s Ag Progress Days, which is the largest outdoor agricultural exposition with over 400 exhibitors from the United States and Canada.

[The event] was a great way to round out Ag Progress Days and it was neat to see a packed house for the educational sessions. These were timely and relevant subjects and resulted in many side conversations about animal health as prospective buyers looked at sale lots. [The event] wrapped up with a productive sale and many expressing thanks for the time to visit with friends and learn,” said Pennsylvania State Veterinarian, Dr. Kevin Brightbill, DVM.

About Dr. William (Bill) Fritz

At Delaware Valley University, Dr. William Fritz teaches a variety of courses, including Introduction to Animal Science, Small Ruminant Science, Physiology of Lactation, Livestock Industries and Careers, and Practical Leadership in Agriculture. In addition to teaching, Dr. Fritz serves on the University’s Curriculum Committee.

Dr. Fritz developed his passion for animals and agriculture growing up on his family’s small farm in Southern New Jersey. The farm has been in operation since 1891. He earned his bachelor’s in biology from Stockton University and his Ph.D. in endocrinology and animal biosciences from Rutgers University. As part of his Ph.D. program, he studied behavioral neuroendocrinology in the domesticated goat.

At DelVal, Dr. Fritz is actively involved in student research projects focused on the behavior of small ruminants. He also advises student clubs and organizations including Block and Bridle, the A-Day Student Planning Committee, and NESA (Northeast Student Affiliate).

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