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University of the Virgin Islands

University of The Virgin Islands

July 18–31, 2022

During this 2-week program at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), students will engage in a diversity of learning experiences while residing on the beautiful island of St. Croix. The interactive curriculum will focus on animal science, veterinary medicine, aquaponics, horticulture, biotechnology, and agribusiness. Participants will learn from experienced researchers about the internationally recognized aquaculture program at UVI, as well as the world-famous Senepol breed of cattle and the Virgin Islands/St. Croix white hair sheep—both developed on the island of St. Croix. The UVI Cooperative Extension Service and the UVI Agricultural Experiment Station facilitate this annual youth enrichment program. In addition to the academic experience, students will interact with other participants, members of local youth groups, and residents from culturally diverse areas of the Caribbean region while exploring the rich history and traditions of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

APHIS welcomed UVI to AgDiscovery in 2016, where the school slogan is “Historically American, Uniquely Caribbean, and Globally Interactive.” Founded in 1962, UVI offers a vital and exciting environment for educating future leaders of the global 21st century community in a multicultural, international, and intellectually stimulating atmosphere. Located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea with two campuses—St. Croix and St. Thomas—UVI is a public, coed, 1862 Land-Grant HBCU with an enrollment of approximately 2,200 students.

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