Swine Program

CVM 6854: Swine health and production

Cute piglet in the straw


The intent of this rotation is to familiarize students with the entire US pork production chain from feed manufacturing to slaughter and processing of pork productions, and the various roles of veterinarians in the industry.  


By the end of the class, a student will be able to:

  • Understand scope and trends in global and US swine production
  • Observe and understand basic feed mill operations and quality control
  • Basic understanding of swine production system design and operations from replacement gilts through finishing operations
  • Practical experience in piglet processing procedures
  • Gain familiarity with the roles of veterinarians in modern swine  production
  • Observe and understand basic slaughter plant operations
  • Understanding of societal issues in pork production including animal welfare, food safety and environmental impact

Other information

Maximum capacity: 15
Type of class: Rotation
Year: 4th