The Swine Medicine Education Center (SMEC) at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to providing veterinary students and practicing veterinarians from across the United States and around the world with extensive hands-on experiences and education in swine health production.
Veterinary students can take a variety of clinical rotations at SMEC where they gain valuable information about the swine industry, develop and practice clinical and production management skills, experience swine veterinary practice and further develop communications skills. During the clinical rotations, students will work with a wide variety of industry stakeholders, providing a diverse look into the pork industry and the practice of swine veterinary medicine.
Time during the clinical rotations are typically split between in-class discussion topics and on-farm learning opportunities where students will visit a breeding farm, nursery facility, finishing facility, wean-to-finish facility, gilt developer unit and a truck wash facility, depending upon the rotation.
SMEC also offers an applied research internship at the facility. Offered during the summer months, the internship allows students to create, plan and execute a swine medicine applied research project while defining and discovering answers to complex problems and pioneer new swine production and medicine practices throughout research. Interns are provided a weekly stipend to help defray the cost of participating in the internship.
Located in Audubon, Iowa, SMEC is jointly operated by Iowa State and AMVC Management Services. Learn more about SMEC in this video.