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AGS 242 - Animal Health

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Open
A survey of diseases of large domestic animals, including discussion of causes, transmission, prevention and control.
Competencies
  1. Explain the components of a herd health program
    1. Discuss the importance of sanitation to a herd health program
    2. Point out the importance of proper nutrition to a herd health program
    3. Cite reasons for the importance of record analysis to a herd health program
    4. Describe the importance of source of livestock to a herd health program
    5. Explain the importance of physical facilities to a herd health program
    6. Outline the importance of proper use of biologics and pharmaceuticals to a herd health program
    7. List the importance of minimizing stress to a herd health program
    8. Explain the importance of personnel training to a herd health program
  2. Explain the importance of sanitation in disease prevention
  3. Describe the characteristics of a healthy animal
    1. List the normal body temperature for the major species
    2. Identify the normal respiration rate for the major species
    3. State the normal heart rate for the major species
  4. Describe methods of detecting unhealthy animals and the value of proper handling and treatment
    1. Outline the importance of detecting and separating unhealthy animals
    2. Cite the value of early treatment of unhealthy animals
    3. List the observable signs of sickness in an animal
  5. Define animal health terms
    1. Select the twenty terms most commonly used in working with animals
    2. Match animal health terms with their definition
  6. List the components of a disease control program
  7. Select proper needle gauge and length as well as proper injection site
    1. Define the meaning of gauge in reference to needles
    2. Discuss the proper length of needles
    3. Identify the proper injection site in treating animals
  8. List major diseases, their clinical signs, and causes
    1. Name the diseases of the newborn and young animals
    2. Identify the major diseases of reproduction
    3. Outline the major cattle diseases and their clinical signs
    4. Identify eight troublesome swine diseases and discuss their clinical signs and causes
    5. List four serious sheep diseases
    6. Select a disease of horses and explain its clinical signs
  9. Identify major parasites and their life cycle
    1. Reproduce a drawing of the life cycle of the large roundworm in swine
    2. List the types of worms that can affect swine
    3. Describe the timing involved in worming cattle
    4. Define a systemic anthelmintic
  10. Prevent internal and external parasites through proper treatment
  11. Demonstrate the preparation of facilities/equipment for livestock use including washing and disinfecting
    1. Discuss the importance of washing and disinfecting facilities
    2. Describe the various types of disinfectants and their advantages and disadvantages
    3. Review the different merits of using cold water or hot water cleaning
  12. Explain the importance of slaughter checks and a periodic health analysis
    1. Differentiate between a conventional and an SPF swine herd
    2. Summarize the steps involved in a slaughter check
    3. Defend the merits of a periodic health visit to the herd by a veterinarian
  13. Explain the importance of using a health professional
    1. Illustrate how a veterinarian can be utilized in a herd health program
    2. List the services a veterinarian can provide a herd
    3. Discuss herd health activities a producer can perform without the assistance of a health professional
  14. Identify state and federal laws regarding animal care
    1. Review the requirements for selling breeding stock
    2. Review the requirements for interstate shipment of livestock
    3. Discuss why there are laws regarding animal care
  15. Develop a herd health management schedule
    1. Select one species for development of a herd health management schedule
    2. Design a total program including both health and general management of the herd
    3. Prepare the herd health management schedule in a typewritten form
    4. Create the herd health management schedule utilizing any available resources and expertise



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