Swine Program

CVM 6963: Food and Fiber Selective I


Red farm barn in front of mountains


This course will provide a platform for integrated teaching by faculty with expertise in different food/fiber producing species (including poultry). The focus of the course will be subjects that are common across multiple livestock species, including therapeutic principles and vaccinology; animal housing and welfare, diagnostic approaches for populations; and biosecurity. Generic information on these subjects will be supplemented by contrasting of species specific approaches.


Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Understand the legal framework for antibiotic use in food animals and approaches to therapeutic decision making in food animal medicine.
  • Be familiar with societal concerns about antimicrobial use in food animals.
  • Understand the principles of population immunity and strategies used to vaccinate major food/fiber producing species.
  • Understand the role of biosecurity in maintaining herd/flock health.
  • Understand the principles of selecting and interpreting diagnostic tests for populations.
  • Understand the application of epidemiological principles for outbreak investigation, field research, and disease control programs in food/fiber producing species.
  • Be conversant with societal issues related to use of animals for food and fiber production.
  • Understand regulatory oversight of food animal production and marketing claims.

Other information

Maximum enrollment: 30

Type of class: Selective

Year: 3rd