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 and production.

Veterinary students can take a variety of clinical rotations with 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 through the Swine Veterinary Internship Program. 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.  Additionally, interns will help to pioneer new swine production and medicine practices. Interns are provided a weekly stipend to help defray the cost of participating in the internship.

Learn more about SMEC in this video.

Veterinary students on the farm

Swine on a farm