Swine Program

CVM 6531: Biosecurity and biocontainment for food animals




This rotation aims at deepening the understanding of biocontainment and biosecurity measures and strategies that are being used in the food animal industry (swine, poultry and dairy) to prevent the spread of disease. It will allow for hands on experience for students interested in developing biosecurity plans for farms. The rotation also expands on the concepts of pathogen transmission within and between populations and the routes of pathogen dissemination. The students will have the opportunity to conduct hands on biosecurity audits and develop recommendations for system improvement.


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

  • Become proficient with biosecurity and biocontainment practices important to prevent and reduce risk of disease introduction and disease dissemination to food animal farms.
  • Engage students in assessing and developing biosecurity plans for food animal operations.
  • Reinforce concepts of disease transmission and disease prevention.
  • Visit food animal operations with different biosecurity programs relevant to food production.
  • Reinforce the use of the scientific method in the evaluation of biosecurity programs.
  • Engage with student colleagues in a cooperative learning exercise.

Other information

Maximum enrollment: 15

Type of class: Rotation

Year: 4th