Swine Courses

VDPAM 421Q. Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center: Swine Husbandry
Cr. 1. F.S.SS. Prereq: Fourth year classification in veterinary medicine; ability to provide own transportation to each site.
This elective provides students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience related to the daily activities of an intensively managed confinement swine unit. Rotation participants will work closely with USMARC Swine Unit personnel as they complete their daily routines in the farrowing and breeding areas of the USMARC Swine Unit and will participate in piglet delivery, neonatal pig processing, artificial and natural breeding, necropsies, and other activities as they arise.

VDPAM 478A. Swine Medicine Education Center: Swine Production Management and Consultation. 
Cr. 2. S. Prereq: VDPAM 310. 
Swine production management and consulting skills within a progressive swine production and management system. Time will be split approximately with half in-class discussion topics of finance and business of the swine industry and half 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.

VDPAM 478B. Swine Medicine Education Center: Swine Clinical Pharmacology and Treatment Management. 
Cr. 2. S. Prereq: VDPAM 310. 
Basic and applied information on swine treatment options, strategies to maximize efficacy, and skills to pursue judicious use of antimicrobials, reproductive interventions, and the entire spectrum of drug therapies. The course emphasizes case based application and decisions and is approximately 30% web-based and 70% on-site including farms of a variety of structures and functions. During the course, students prepare a thorough evaluation of the pharmacologic interventions that may occur on farms and then implement this evaluation in active production facilities to maximize efficacy, compliance and animal welfare as part of a comprehensive judicious use objective.

VDPAM 478C. Swine Medicine Education Center: Swine Emerging Diseases Diagnosis and Management.
Cr. 2. S. Prereq: VDPAM 310. 
Diagnostic tests, methods, approaches, analysis, and evaluation of emerging swine diseases and provide general knowledge of disease elimination and methods to manage herd losses and economic losses due to disease. Two-week, on-site module that combines structured site visits and classroom activities.

VDPAM 479. Applied Swine Production Medicine Preceptorship.
(0-30) Cr. 1-6. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: VDPAM 310; Fourth year classification in Veterinary Medicine
Preceptorship course in swine production medicine with emphasis on herd management, production analysis, and problem solving. Forty hours clinical experience per week. Assignments will be 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.

VDPAM 480. Swine Production Medicine.
(15-25) Cr. 2. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: VDPAM 310; Fourth year classification in Veterinary Medicine or permission of instructor
Two week clinical rotation in swine production medicine. Students will be assigned to take the lead in investigating field based client cases with supervision of the instructors. Development of critical thinking skills that will allow students to apply concepts of herd management, production analysis, economic analysis, and disease prevention in addressing client cases. Variable amounts of travel to farm sites will be required with the potential for rare overnight stays. 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 650. Swine Diagnostic Medicine.
Cr. 4. Alt. S., offered even-numbered years. Prereq: Permission of instructor
A detailed study of swine diseases emphasizing the pathogenesis and diagnosis of swine respiratory, enteric, reproduction, metabolic, and septicemic diseases. Course activities include interpretation of diagnostic case reports and development of diagnostic plans for specific disease objectives.

VDPAM 655. Advanced Swine Production Medicine.
Cr. 4. Alt. S., offered odd-numbered years. Prereq: Permission of instructor
Detailed overview of applied techniques used in swine production medicine; production modeling and record analysis, facility design and management, analysis of competing intervention options, design and evaluation of therapeutic and vaccination strategies, quality control procedures and food safety. Course activities include interpretation of diagnostic case reports and development of diagnostic plans for specific disease objectives.