Collect, synthesize and disseminate best practices in clinical swine medicine to stakeholders who can apply them to improve swine health and welfare, ensure pork safety, maintain sustainability and conserve food resources.
View or read Dr. Pat Halbur's initial vision for the SMEC presented at the 2010 AASV Annual Meeting.
Get the best science into the hands of the people who can most effectively apply it to improve swine health, welfare & pork safety.
Drivers for establishing the SMEC
- AAVMC Foresight Report suggested specialized centers
- Fewer swine faculty nationally; limited replacement in veterinary colleges
- Refinement of web access & teaching methods
- Precedents in dairy (MN, MI) & beef (NE) production medicine
- Increasing external demand for ISU swine production medicine courses (KSU, UW, MSU, Guelph)
Cooperative effort between ISU CVM & AMVC in Audubon, IA.
- Fall 2010
- Approved by Board of Regents
- Spring 2011
- Development of curriculum & admin. structure
- Development of web portal
- Summer 2011
- First web-based resources available
- Fall 2011
- First on-farm courses taught
Estimated annual budget: $500,000.
Primary funding by industry resources & fees for delivery of educational modules.
State of the art, new production facilities are the long term objective
- Facilitate basic and advanced technical training to swine health professionals
- Allow demonstration and comparison of cutting edge production and health technologies
- Showcase swine production, health and welfare to media and public
- Supported by the industry to insure sustainability of pork production in the United States
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Dr. Locke Karriker