|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- Articulate the basic principles of the husbandry and health management of beef and dairy cattle.
- Correctly identify common breeds of beef and dairy cattle.
- Demonstrate required knowledge of and competently perform all domestic large animal Essential Skills for the Veterinary Technician as required by Program Accreditation.
|Description - |
|A series of one-hour lectures, live demonstrations, and hands-on practical experiences. Introduction to the principles of the husbandry and health management of dairy and beef cattle. Breed identification; housing and restraint; nutrition and feeding; common infectious disease; and vaccinations; common internal and external parasite management; common veterinary treatments and food animal drug restrictions; breeding, gestation, and parturition. Intended for students in the veterinary technology program.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- identify breeds of cattle and discuss breed associated traits and production values.
- describe housing and husbandry practices for dairy cattle.
- demonstrate restraint and medical techniques on live dairy cattle.
- discuss feeding and nutritional requirements for starting, growing and finishing cattle.
- discuss feeding and nutritional requirements for gestation and lactation in dairy cattle.
- list the common infectious diseases of cattle and identify common vaccinations.
- demonstrate techniques of physical examination and first aid on cattle.
- list the common internal and external parasites of cattle and identify common anthelmintic treatments commonly prescribed.
- discuss parasite population management through rotational grazing and housing sanitation.
- identify the use restrictions of common veterinary medications in animals intended for human consumption.
- describe the roles of natural breeding and artificial insemination in dairy cattle.
- administer pre-parturum supportive medication and vaccinations.
- demonstrate vaccination, castration, disbudding, and feeding techniques for calves.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|All instruction will take place at Hidden Villa Farm, a working farm with live dairy cows. Appropriate animal housing and handling facilities all necessary equipment and supplies. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Dairy cattle breed identification, characteristics, and associated diseases
- Husbandry practices and housing facilities
- Dairy facilities
- Confinement buildings
- Free stall systems
- Tie stall systems
- Pasture-based management
- Restraint and handling techniques
- Bovine chutes and head catches
- Bovine tail restraint and nose tongs
- Medication Techniques
- oral intubation
- Intramuscular injection
- Intravenous injection
- Drench administration
- Bolus administration
- Pour-on administration
- Feeds, feeding and nutritional requirements- Dairy cattle
- Starter rations
- Grower rations
- Finishing rations
- Gestation rations
- Lactation rations
- Infectious diseases and vaccinations- Dairy cattle
- Probiotics and supportives
- Drug use restrictions for food animals
- Dairy cow physical examination
- Dairy cow first-aid procedure
- Dairy cow parasites
- Internal parasites
- External parasites
- Anthelmintic therapy
- Parasite population control through environmental management
- Common cattle clinical procedures
- Hood trimming
- Dairy cattle breeding
- Natural breeding
- Artificial insemination
- Sire and dam selection
|Methods of Evaluation - |
|Written examinations. Practical examinations. Written Case Studies. Completion of an Essential Skills Competency Checklist using Standard Criteria. |
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Bassert, Joanna M. and Thomas, John Mc Curnin's Clinical Textbook For Veterinary Technicians., 8th ed., W. B. Saunders Co., 2013. |
|Disciplines - |
|Veterinary Technology |
|Method of Instruction - |
|Lecture, Discussion, Field work, Oral presentations, Demonstration. |
|Lab Content - |
|Not applicable. |
|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.