Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
1 hour lecture, 2 hour lecture-laboratory.2 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 36 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 1 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab: 2
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: InactiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Stand Alone Course
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 1/12/09;4/26/10;12/13/10

1. Description -
A series of lectures, live demonstrations, and hands-on experiences. Introduction to the principles of husbandry and health management of swine. Breed identification; housing and restraint; nutrition and feeding; common infectious disease and vaccinations; common internal and external parasite management; common veterinary medicines and food animal restrictions; breeding, gestation, and parturition. Intended for students in the veterinary technology program.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: All instruction will take place on the farm at Hidden Villa.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. identify breeds of swine, and discuss breed associated traits and production values.
  2. describe housing and husbandry practices for swine.
  3. demonstrate restraint and medical techniques on live swine.
  4. discuss feeding and nutritional requirements for starting, growing and finishing swine.
  5. discuss feeding and nutritional requirements for gestation and lactation in swine.
  6. list the common infectious diseases of swine and identify vaccinations give to each species.
  7. demonstrate techniques of physical examination and first aid on swine.
  8. list the common internal and external parasites of swine and the anthelmintic treatments commonly prescribed.
  9. discuss parasite population management
  10. identify the use restrictions of common veterinary medications in animals intended for human consumption.
  11. Describe the roles of natural breeding and artificial insemination in swine.
  12. Identify the nutritional needs of swine.
  13. Administer pre-parturition supportives and vaccinations.
  14. Demonstrate vaccination, tail docking, castration, tooth clipping and feeding techniques for piglets.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Live swine. Appropriate animal housing, handling facilities, equipment, and supplies.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Breed identification, characteristics, and associated diseases of swine
  2. Husbandry practices and housing facilities
    1. Confinement buildings
    2. Pasture-based management
    3. Drylots
  3. Restraint and handling techniques
    1. Swine handling
  4. Medication Techniques various species
    1. Oral intubation
    2. Intramuscular injection
    3. Intravenous injection
    4. Drench administration
    5. Bolus administration
    6. Pour-on administration
  5. Feeds, feeding and nutritional requirements swine
    1. Starter rations
    2. Grower rations
    3. Finishing rations
    4. Gestation rations
    5. Lactation rations
  6. Infectious diseases and vaccinations swine
    1. Vaccinations
    2. Antitoxins
    3. Antibiotics
    4. Probiotics and supportives 5. Drug use restrictions for food animals
  7. Swine physical examination
  8. Swine first-air procedure
  9. Swine parasites
    1. Internal parasites
    2. External parasites
    3. Anthelmintic therapy
    4. Parasite population control through environmental management
  10. Common swine clinical procedures
    1. Venipuncture
    2. Castration
    3. Tail docking
    4. Tooth clipping
  11. Swine breeding
    1. Natural breeding
    2. Artificial Insemination
    3. Sire and dam selection
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written examinations.
  2. Practical examinations.
  3. Written Case Studies.
  4. Completion of an Essential Skills Competency Checklist using Standard Criteria.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Battaglia, Richard A. Handbook of Livestock Management, 4th ed., Prentice Hall, 2006.
Haynes, N. Bruce and Robert F. Kahrs Keeping Livestock Healthy: A Veterinary Guide to Horses, Cattle, Sheep, Goats, and Pigs., 4th ed., Storey Publishing, 2001.

8. Disciplines -
Veterinary Technology.
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Field work, Oral presentations, Demonstration.
10. Lab Content -
A series of live demonstrations and practical hands-on sessions with swine under the supervision of the instructor. Includes:
  1. Breed identification;
  2. feeding,
  3. husbandry,
  4. handling and restraint;
  5. performing common animal management and minor veterinary procedures;
  6. animal breeding, parturition and care of the newborn animal.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text, class handouts, and outside sources ranging from 30 to 60 pages per week.
Written short answer essay questions; and two written case studies.
13. Need/Justification -
Course in partnership with local working farm awarding credit for classroom learning accomplished and practical field work performed by the farm's on-site interns.

Course status: Inactive
Last updated: 2015-02-23 11:43:50

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines