Anastasiya Barmina: Agriculture is an entire world with its own philosophy

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The internship is over, and it is with sadness that the young specialists are leaving EkoNiva farms since work in agriculture has proved interesting, even though complicated.

EkoNiva puts emphasis on working with students, regularly inviting them to their enterprises to take internship and upgrade their skills. Students-trainees gain ample experience and top-level proficiency, which is essential for their future career.

‘A young specialist only becomes a professional when theoretical knowledge is supported by field experience’, points out Stefan Duerr, Director of EkoNiva Group. ‘Theory without practice is nothing, that is why we put in a great deal of effort into the preparation of young workforce for our company.’

Last year alone, 550 students from all over Russia took the summer training course with EkoNiva. EkoNivaAgro, the largest enterprise, became a home and a workplace to 35 emerging agricultural specialists from the Russian Student Agricultural Troop MOST for a few months.

Anastasiya Barmina, a student of Kirov State Agricultural Academy, is one of those lucky enough to have spent the summer as a member of the Agricultural Troop MOST. She shares her impressions with us, tells us about herself and provides insight into her future profession of veterinarian.

‘It was a memorable summer’, says Anastasiya Barmina. ‘The first work term left a lasting impression on me. I worked at Vysokoye dairy and I particularly enjoyed the way young trainees were treated by the staff. We were all members of one big team, where an atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding prevailed, and one could always count on the mentors’ help and support in a difficult situation. For example, sometimes animals may have unforeseen complications resulting from administration of certain medicines. Exactly such case happened in my practice, luckily the issue got solved thanks to the prompt assistance of the veterinary personnel to the animal.

Over the internship, I gained experience in all areas: reproduction, calf barn, hoof trimming and hospital pen. The mentors taught us to analyse work processes, give injections, breed animals, prescribe treatment to sick cows, trim hoofs and much more.

The veterinarian needs to create favourable conditions for the animal, like a psychologist. A true vet is an intelligent, responsible person, constantly seeking to improve their practical and theoretical know-how, possessing optimism and a good sense of humour since these qualities make the work easier. Our profession requires multiple skills: from covering a silage trench to performing complicated surgery operations.

“A doctor treats the people, while a veterinarian treats the mankind.” This powerful quote is what drives us. We act locally but through our joint effort we achieve the result that affects the whole world. I don’t regret having dedicated my life to agriculture – it is an entire world in itself, with its own philosophy, science, and common sense wisdom.’