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In this seminar series hosted by the Cornell University Dairy Science Club, we will have the opportunity to hear from industry professionals regarding various topics in the dairy industry. All students are welcome to join, and there will be a Q&A following presentation.   Pre-registration through Zoom for each presentation is required by clicking the links below.

Series Agenda

April 21 - 6:30 PM EST

Cornell alumni, Dr. Peter Ostrum will present his background in the film when he played Charlie Bucket in the movie Charlie in the Chocolate Factory. He will discuss his current role as a large animal veterinarian today and the importance of veterinarians in today’s world.

Register to attend on April 21

May 5 - 7:00 PM EST

Emily Shaw, a Certified Personal Trainer.  will share about fitness and nutrition and how to easily incorporate that into the life of a college student!

Register to attend on May 5

May 12 - 7:00 PM EST

To round off the series, we will be joined by Tara Vander Dussen, also known as the New Mexico Milkmaid. She is an environmental scientist and a fifth-generation dairy farmer and will be sharing all about dairy sustainability.

Register to attend on May 12


Profile of Dr. Peter Ostrum

April 21 at 6:30 PM EDT

Dr. Peter Ostrum, a Cornell alumnus, is a large animal veterinarian in Lowville, NY. Before his career as a veterinarian, Dr. Ostrum was a child actor playing Charlie Bucket in the movie Charlie in the Chocolate Factory. Currently, his focus as a large animal veterinarian is working closely with dairy farms and farm families to ensure the health and well-being of their animals. When Dr. Ostrum isn’t working; you can find him enjoying the great outdoors!

Profile of Emily Shaw, Dairy Girl Fitness

May 5 at 7:00 PM EDT

Emily Shaw grew up in Pennsylvania, where she was very involved in youth dairy organizations through her family’s show herd, Linden-Loch Holsteins. Along with her love for the dairy industry, she grew up playing sports. This is where her passion for dairy and health came from, and it helped form the idea of creating her personal training business, Dairy Girl Fitness. Dairy Girl Fitness was established over three years ago as Emily’s way to show others that you don’t need to cut dairy and other animal products out of your diet to be “healthy.”

Profile picture of Tara Vander Dussen

May 12 at 7:00 PM EDT

Tara is a dairy farmer and New Mexico native, growing up on her family dairy farm in Eastern New Mexico. Now Tara and her husband, Daniel, dairy farm along with their two young daughters. Tara has worked as an environmental scientist for the last 9 years on dairy farm projects throughout the southwest. As a project manager, she assists her clients with state and federal regulatory compliance, water conservation, sustainable management practices, and analytical reports. She provides direction to producers on environmental concerns and permits.

Tara’s passion is advocating for modern dairy farming by sharing her story about life on her family dairy through her blog, New Mexico Milkmaid, and her social media platforms. By using her voice, she hopes to change people’s perceptions of farmers and dairy farming. New Mexico Milkmaid now has a community of more than 40,000 followers.

For More Information

Alyssa Roorda
Public Relations - Cornell University Dairy Science Club
akr83 [at]

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