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On Campus Courses

VDPAM 402. Advanced Dairy Production Informatics. Cr. 2. Repeatable. F.S. Prereq: VDPAM 309 or permission of instructor. Advanced coverage of concepts related to collection, manipulation, analysis and reporting of information used by dairy farms and their consultants. Hands on experience with Dairy Comp 305 and PC Dart as well as other dairy management and information software. Non-major graduate credit.

VDPAM 416. Bovine Reproduction Evaluation Laboratory. Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S. Prereq: Classification as a third year student in veterinary medicine. 10 students per section. Bovine rectal palpation techniques will be repetitively taught in 7 four-hour sessions. Students will also learn techniques of epidural anesthesia, artificial insemination, and ultrasonic imaging. University-owned cattle will be used. Biosecurity policies require documentation of your presence in the USA 5 days immediately prior to the start of class if international travel has occurred.

VDPAM 450. Disturbances of Reproduction. Cr. 4. F. Prereq: Third-year classification in veterinary medicine. General principles of normal reproductive functions in addition to environment, management and diseases causing disturbances in reproduction.

VDPAM 451. Clinical Embryo Transfer. Cr. 2. F.S.SS. Prereq: VDPAM 351; Fourth year classification in veterinary medicine. Elective clinical assignment in techniques of embryo transfer. Enrollment is limited to four students per two week session. Biosecurity policies require documentation of your presence in the USA 5 days immediately prior to the start of class if international travel has occurred.

VDPAM 476. Food Animal and Camelid Field Service. Cr. 2. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: VDPAM 310; Fourth year classification in Veterinary Medicine. Elective course in food animal and camelid field services. Students will assist university veterinarians in delivering health care and production management services to the ISU livestock farms and other livestock farms in the local area. Focus will be on delivery of individual animal care and establishment of best practices for herd management of production systems at the university and in the region. Biosecurity policies require documentation of your presence in the USA 5 days immediately prior to the start of class if international travel has occurred. 

VDPAM 477. Food Animal and Camelid Medicine and Surgery. Cr. 2. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Clinical assignment focused on the management of food animal and camelid medicine and surgery cases. Specific instruction in clinical evaluation of cases coupled with appropriate diagnostic testing and therapeutic intervention will be emphasized. Additional instruction will be provided in disease prevention, intensive care and management of food animal and camelid species. Particular emphasis will be placed on appropriate on-label and extra-label drug usage in food animal species. Biosecurity policies require documentation of your presence in the USA 5 days immediately prior to the start of class if international travel has occurred.

VDPAM 484. Dairy Production Medicine. Cr. 2. F.SS. Prereq: VDPAM 310; Fourth-year classificationin veterinary medicine. Two week course in dairy production medicine combining class time with multiple on-farm visits to learn various management aspects (DHIA, DC305 &PC Dart record analysis, calf rearing through lactating cows, reproduction programs, udder health and milk quality, biosecurity, welfare, nutrition and cow comfort) for a wide variety of dairy operations. Students will learn the latest in dairy management by reviewing current topic articles and gain experience in farm evaluation through a group project. Fifteen hours recitation/discussionand 20 hours clinical experience per week. Biosecurity policies require documentation of your presence in the USA 5 days immediately prior to the start of class if international travel has occurred. 

VDPAM 491. Advanced Ruminant Nutrition. Cr. 3. S. Focus on dairy nutrition from the calf to the adult, lactating cow. Balancing rations for dairy operations. Introduction to different feedstuffs and forage varieties to determine those that are best suited to bovine diets. This course is held the week immediately prior to the start of the spring semester. Biosecurity policies require documentation of your presence in the USA 5 days immediately prior to the start of class if international travel has occurred. Non-major graduate credit.

VDPAM 494. Advanced Dairy Production Medicine. Cr. 2. S. Prereq: VDPAM 484 or permission of instructor. Advanced course in investigating dairy herd problems relating to milk quality or nutrition. Milk quality and nutrition troubleshooting will be taught through the combination of lecture and on-farm investigations. Students will combine lecture knowledge, data acquired from on-farm investigations and record analysis to generate management plans. Biosecurity policies require documentation of your presence in the USA 5 days immediately prior to thestart of class if international travel has occurred. Non-major graduate credit.

Off Campus Courses

VDPAM 437. Basic Clinical Skills for Production Medicine (MS 623-701): Dairy Herd Problem Identification. Cr. 2. F.S.SS. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Seven hours recitation/discussion and 33 hours clinical experience per week. Course taken for two weeks at University of Wisconsin, Madison, on a space-available basis. Learn to interpret DHI records and use them to identify and monitor herd problems of production, mastitis, reproduction, and replacement heifer management. Evaluate rates and treatment protocols of common dairy herd diseases. Assess dairy housing including ventilation and freestalls. Estimate costs of herd problems and develop partial-budgets.

VDPAM 438. Mastitis Problem Investigations (MS 623-703): Mastitis/Milk Quality. Cr. 2. F.S.SS. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Nine hours recitation/discussion and 31 hours clinical experience per week. Course taken for two weeks at University of Wisconsin, Madison, on a space-available basis. Learn to evaluate rates of clinical mastitis using manual and computerized (DC305) record systems. Interpret somatic cell count records to target mastitis problems. Collect samples and interpret milk microbiology reports. Evaluate mastitis risks in housing systems (stalls, bedded packs, etc). Analyze milking systems and milker practices. Develop mastitis treatment protocols.

VDPAM 439. Clinical Investigations of Fresh Cow and Calf Problems (MS 623-705): Applied Dairy Nutrition. Cr. 2. F.S.SS. Prereq: Fourth-year classification in veterinary medicine. Three hours lecture, 37 hours clinical experience per week. Course taken for two weeks at University of Wisconsin, Madison, on a space-available basis. Learn to evaluate calf and peri-parturient cow managemen tpractices. Develop an investigation stragegy for ambiguous herd problems. Collect samples and interpret herd-based diagnostic tests for infectious and metabolic diseases. Assess environmental risk factors for metabolic and infectious disease including hygiene and housing. Assess nutritional status of herds via nutritional management, actual feed intake, particle length determination, etc.

VDPAM 485. Applied Dairy Production Medicine Preceptorship. Cr. 1-6. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: VDPAM 484 Advanced course in dairy production medicine with emphasis on herdmanagement, production analysis, and problemsolving. Forty hours clinical experience per week. Assignments will include preceptorships with a practicing veterinarian and/or a production unit. Biosecurity policies require documentation of your presence in the USA 5 days immediately prior to the start of class if international travel has occurred.