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  • Thank you to all who came out for the blood drive in honor of Reese Burdette!

    We had a great turn-out...thanks to YOU!   #SleevesUpTeamReese

    Waiting patiently to give blood.


    Dr. Bob James donating blood in honor of Reese.


    Dr. Alex White at the Blood Drive in honor of Reese.


    Lizzie Davis completing the necessary paperwork for the Blood Drive in honor of Reese.



    The Dairy Club at Virginia Tech sponsored a blood drive in honor of Reese Burdette on Friday, April 22.  Reese is the 9 year old daughter of Claire (VT DASC ’99) and Justin Burdette. She was badly burned in a house fire on Memorial Day in 2014.  After 662 days in the PICU at John Hopkins Hospital, she returned home two days before her 9th birthday in March.  She has received over 500 units of blood and 400 units of platelets.  Reese and her family hold a special place in the hearts of the dairy and Hokie communities.  Without the help of donors, Reese and countless others would not be here today. 

    To read more about Reese’s accident and recovery, here are a few articles about her medical miracle.

  • Student Spotlight -- Katie Jones

        Katie Jones Student Spotlight
  • 2016 Little All American

        2016 Little All American
  • 2016 Hokie Cow Classic

        2016 Hokie Cow Classic image

    The 14th Annual Hokie Cow Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, May 23rd at the  Blacksburg Country Club. 

    The fundraiser supports scholarships, 4-H programs, and educational programs for undergraduate students in the Dairy Science Department. 

    Please register online or contact Kathy Duncan or call 540-231-4769 or more details.  

  • Students attend GA Dairy Conference & Southeast Dairy Student Symposium


    Virginia Tech students attend the Georgia Dairy Conference and Southeast Dairy Student Symposium. Virginia Tech students attend the Georgia Dairy Conference and Southeast Dairy Student Symposium, Jan. 18-26, 2016.

    Seven Virginia Tech students attended the Georgia Dairy Conference and Southeast Dairy Student Symposium, held in Savannah, Georgia from January 18-20, 2016.  Workshop topics included ways to reach out to the public, effective interviewing, understand market economics, and improve production.  Virginia Tech's own faculty, Dr. Bob James and Dr. David Kohl presented at the event, which was attended by more than 25% of Georgia dairy farmers.  "I enjoyed the opportunity to network with industry professionals and other dairy students," said Brittany Bowman, a Virginia Tech student.  "The workshops helped me see the industry in a new light, and the expo was outstanding."  The Virginia Tech Dairy Science Department is grateful for opportunity to attend and is excited to take more students in the future.

    Summary by Brittany Bowman, Virginia Tech '17 
    Dairy Science & Communications, 
    Dairy Science Student Ambassador, 
    Resident Advisor

  • Dairy Club shines at 2016 ADSA!

        Dairy Club members attending (front row/ left to right): Grace Ott, Cara Woloohojian, Hannah Van Dyk, Jenna Hardy, Brian McGarry, Kim Meyers, Lizzie Davis, Cole Leonard, and Nicki Hardy. Back Row: Virginia Tech alumnus, Joel Coble (Class of '99).

    Congratulations to our Dairy Club for a very successful trip to the 2016 Southern ADSA - Student Affiliate Division annual meeting!

    This year’s meeting was hosted by the University of Georgia in Athens on February 25-27. Members attending (front row/ left to right): Grace Ott, Cara Woloohojian, Hannah Van Dyk, Jenna Hardy, Brian McGarry, Kim Meyers, Lizzie Davis, Cole Leonard, and Nicki Hardy. Back Row: Virginia Tech alumnus, Joel Coble (Class of '99).

    Outstanding Chapter
    1st place Yearbook
    2nd place Website
    Outstanding Student: Lizzie Davis
    2nd place Production Paper: Jenna Hardy
    1st place Quiz Bowl Team: Cole Leonard, Grace Ott, Hannah Van Dyk, and Cara Woloohojian

    Next year’s meeting will be hosted by LSU in Baton Rouge.

  • Fall 2015 Dean's List

        Chelsea Abbott , Mikayla Bailey, Angela Bladen, Tiffany Casteel, Lizzie Davis, Elizabeth Fazio, Jenna Hardy, Nicole Hardy, Lydia Harrison, Chase Heldreth, Katie Jones, Sandra Krone, Andrew Laffey, Savannah Lambert, Erik Lofgren, Courtney O’Haro, Hannah Van Dyk.
  • Meet the Dairy Science Student Ambassadors!


    Dairy Science Student Ambassadors Front row: (L-R) Vivian Yang, Hannah Van Dyk, Whitney Bowman; Back row: (L-R) Andrew Laffey, Annemarie Bresson, Brittany Bowman.

    We would like to introduce the six amazing students selected in December to serve as our Dairy Science Student Ambassadors!

    Student Ambassadors assist with undergraduate recruitment--open houses, student visits, admissions weekends, etc.  Lizzie Davis, a senior in the department, developed the application process, structure, and training for the student ambassadors in a fall semester independent study course. Annemarie will be the head student ambassador and coordinate the student ambassador schedules and meetings.  

    • BrittanyBowman is a junior from Mt. Jackson, VA
    • Whitney Bowman is a junior from Mt. Jackson, VA (yes, they are twins!)
    • Annemarie Bresson is a junior from Reston, VA
    • Andrew Laffey is a junior from Cochranville, PA – his family farm is Glenville Dairy Farm
    • Hannah Van Dyk is a freshman from Tulare, CA- her family owns dairy cattle under the Shining-Star Holstein & Jersey prefix
    • Vivian Yang is a junior from Columbia, MD

    We are excited to have these students helping to recruit the best and brightest dairy, animal, and STEM interested students to the Department of Dairy Science!

  • 2015 Showcase Sale a Huge Success!

    A great sale (and signature tradition!) organized and managed by the Virginia Tech Dairy Club. Many thanks to all who supported the sale!

        2015 Showcase Sale Dairy Club Group Photo


        2015 Showcase Photo
        2015 Showcase Sponsors
        2015 Showcase Collage
  • Student Spotlight on Lizzie Davis

        Student Spotlight on Lizzie Davis.
  • Judging Team at the World Dairy Expo

    We are super proud of our 2015 Dairy Judging Team! They placed 6th overall in a very competitive field. Additionally, the team placed 2nd in the Brown Swiss contest.

    Individual results:

    Amanda Mitcheltree placed 7th Overall, 2nd In Brown Swiss, 6th in Placings Only, and 7th in Milking Shorthorn.

    Katie Jones placed 5th in the Brown Swiss contest.

    Savannah Lambert placed 9th in Reasons.

    Kathryn Wright placed 12th in Jerseys.

Upcoming Events

May 12-13, 2016
Spring Commencement

May 23, 2016
Hokie Cow Classic
Blacksburg Country Club



Directions to the Dairy Complex

    Road to the Dairy Complex.


Leaving campus via Southgate Drive:

  • Take a right onto US-460 at the light.
  • Go 1.1 miles-take second exit off of 460 - Prices Fork Road Exit.
  • Follow Prices Fork Road for 3.6 miles.
  • Take right onto McCoy Road (Route 652).Go 3.2 miles.
  • Take left onto Whitethorne Road.
  • Follow Whitethorne Road to the Kentland Farm entrance.
  • Dairy Complex is the second road on right.
  • Dairy buildings are up the hill.

Print Directions

5279 Whitethorne Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060