More than 70 animal science students and industry professionals gathered at the 11th South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS), northern branch student industry day in Parys, Free State on 19 September.

The focus and theme were to guide young scientists in taking their first step towards a career in animal science and to embrace life after graduation. SASAS took the initiative as a first step to bring the students closer to their future by hosting the annual day at ALFA 2018. Personal experiences from interns, first year employees and those who have embarked on a workstudy programme in the field of animal science were shared with the students.

AFMA participated as an industry sponsor on the day and engaged with students from the Universities of Pretoria, Free State and North West. A keen interest was shown in the student outreach action that AFMA will be initiating in the coming months with regard to the facilitation of an internship opportunity webpage, hosted on the AFMA website.

Students interested in animal nutrition and a career in the animal feed industry will be able to view basic information and contact details of all available internship programmes offered by AFMA members. It will be up to them, however, to take the first step and to make contact with the AFMA members directly regarding enrolment in any of the programmes offered.

To incentivise the students to engage with industry on the day, an adventure race was held in which the students had to complete a questionnaire about the sponsors who were exhibiting at the student day and at ALFA. The first six correct entries each received a hamper, and the rest were added to a lucky draw for complimentary attendance to either the AFMA symposium; the WPSA scientific day or the large herds conference.

Kayleigh de Villiers from the University of Pretoria was the winner of the AFMA symposium lucky draw prize and will be attending the prestigious event on 30 October at the CSIR Convention Centre in Pretoria. –Liesl Breytenbach, AFMA technical and regulatory affairs manager