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Effective: Summer 2015

Advisory: Advisory: All instruction will take place on the farm at Hidden Villa.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
1 hour lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Articulate the basic principles of the husbandry and health management of sheep and goats.
  • Correctly identify common breeds of sheep and goats.
  • 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 lectures, live demonstrations, and hands-on sessions. Introduction to the principles of husbandry and health management of sheep and dairy goats. 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.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. identify breeds of sheep and goats and discuss breed associated traits and production values.
  2. describe housing and husbandry practices for sheep and dairy goats.
  3. demonstrate restraint and medical techniques on live sheep and dairy goats.
  4. discuss feeding and nutritional requirements for starting, growing and finishing sheep and dairy goats
  5. discuss feeding and nutritional requirements for gestation and lactation in dairy goats and sheep.
  6. list the common infectious diseases of sheep and goats and identify vaccinations give to each species.
  7. demonstrate techniques of physical examination and first aid on sheep and goats.
  8. list the common internal and external parasites of sheep and goats and describe 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 dairy goats and sheep.
  12. Administer pre-parturition supportives and vaccinations.
  13. Demonstrate vaccination, tail docking, castration, disbudding, and feeding techniques for kids and lambs.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Live animals sheep and dairy goats or other small ruminants. Appropriate animal housing, handling facilities, equipment, and supplies.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Breed identification, characteristics, and associated diseases of dairy goats and sheep.
  2. Husbandry practices and housing facilities
    1. Dairy goats
    2. Sheep
    3. Confinement buildings
    4. Pasture-based management
    5. Dry Lots
  3. Restraint and handling techniques
    1. Chutes and head catches
    2. Sheep and goat 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 Dairy goats and sheep
    1. Starter rations
    2. Grower rations
    3. Finishing rations
    4. Gestation rations
    5. Lactation rations
  6. Infectious diseases and vaccinations Dairy goats and sheep.
    1. Vaccinations
    2. Antitoxins
    3. Antibiotics
    4. Probiotics and supportives
    5. Drug use restrictions for food animals
  7. Dairy goat and sheep physical examination
  8. Dairy goat and sheep first-aid procedure
  9. Dairy goat and sheep parasites
    1. Internal parasites
    2. External parasites
    3. Anthelmintic therapy
    4. Parasite population control through environmental management
  10. Common sheep and goat clinical procedures
    1. Venipuncture
    2. Castration
    3. Disbudding
    4. Tail docking
  11. Dairy goat and sheep breeding
    1. Natural breeding
    2. Artificial insemination
    3. Sire and dam selection
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written examinations.
  2. Practical examinations.
  3. Written Case Studies.
  4. Completion of an Essential Skills Competency Checklist using Standard Criteria.
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.

Disciplines -
Veterinary Technology
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Field work, Oral presentations, Demonstration.
Lab Content -
A series of live demonstrations and practical hands-on sessions with sheep and dairy goats 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.
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.