|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: |
- identify breeds of sheep and goats and discuss breed associated traits and production values.
- describe housing and husbandry practices for sheep and dairy goats.
- demonstrate restraint and medical techniques on live sheep and dairy goats.
- discuss feeding and nutritional requirements for starting, growing and finishing sheep and dairy goats
- discuss feeding and nutritional requirements for gestation and lactation in dairy goats and sheep.
- list the common infectious diseases of sheep and goats and identify vaccinations give to each species.
- demonstrate techniques of physical examination and first aid on sheep and goats.
- list the common internal and external parasites of sheep and goats and describe the anthelmintic treatments commonly prescribed.
- discuss parasite population management
- 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 goats and sheep.
- Administer pre-parturition supportives and vaccinations.
- 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) - |
- Breed identification, characteristics, and associated diseases of dairy goats and sheep.
- Husbandry practices and housing facilities
- Dairy goats
- Confinement buildings
- Pasture-based management
- Dry Lots
- Restraint and handling techniques
- Chutes and head catches
- Sheep and goat handling
- Medication Techniques ‚ƒì various species
- Oral intubation
- Intramuscular injection
- Intravenous injection
- Drench administration
- Bolus administration
- Pour-on administration
- Feeds, feeding and nutritional requirements ‚ƒì Dairy goats and sheep
- Starter rations
- Grower rations
- Finishing rations
- Gestation rations
- Lactation rations
- Infectious diseases and vaccinations ‚ƒì Dairy goats and sheep.
- Probiotics and supportives
- Drug use restrictions for food animals
- Dairy goat and sheep physical examination
- Dairy goat and sheep first-aid procedure
- Dairy goat and sheep parasites
- Internal parasites
- External parasites
- Anthelmintic therapy
- Parasite population control through environmental management
- Common sheep and goat clinical procedures
- Tail docking
- Dairy goat and sheep 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) - |
|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: |
- Breed identification
- handling and restraint
- performing common animal management and minor veterinary procedures
- 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.