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Course Description

This course examines the causes and effects of important diseases of food animals in Canada, with a focus on dairy cattle. Elements of physiology, epidemiology, microbiology, nutrition, and production management are integrated into a health management approach emphasizing disease prevention. The course is directed at senior undergraduate students with interest in and knowledge of, food animal production agriculture.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe health and disease in the context of production animal health management

2. Identify and articulate the relative importance of common diseases of cattle, swine, small ruminants, and poultry in Canada as it pertains to animal health, welfare, and health management

3. Explain, at a basic level, the risk factors, etiology, clinical signs, interrelationships, and preventive management of common infectious and metabolic diseases of cattle, swine, small ruminants, and poultry

4. Understand and describe the association of common diseases with sub-optimum productivity or welfare in food-producing animals

5. Explain the elements of a health management program for dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, poultry, and small ruminants in Ontario

6. Understand and describe antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial residues as it pertains to animal health management, animal health and food safety

7. Summarize the regulatory processes for drug approval and use in food animals in Canada, and the management considerations for drug use by veterinarians and          producers

8. List important zoonotic diseases of ruminants, swine, and poultry and their methods of transmission, and effects in humans

9. List and describe important foreign animal diseases and understand the risk of incursion into Canada

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Livestock Management & Production Systems
  • Health Management
  • Immunology, Vaccination & Antimicrobial Use
  • Dairy: Youngstock - Calves and Heifer Health Management
  • Dairy: Transition Health and Reproduction
  • Dairy: Infectious Diseases
  • Beef: Health Management of Cow-Calf and Feedlot
  • Poultry: Health Management
  • Small Ruminants: Health Management
  • Swine: Farrowing to Weaning
  • Swine: Post-Weaning to Finishing
  • Exotic Diseases & Zoonoses

Additional Requirements

Pre-Requisite(s): ANSC*2340 or ANSC*3080

Restriction(s): This is a Priority Access Course. Some restrictions may apply during some time periods. Please see the Department of Population Medicine web site for more information.


Assessment Item Weight
Case Study 5%
Knowledge quizzes 10%
Midterms (2x25%) 50%
Online Final Exam 35%



Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
  2. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
  3. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
  4. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
  5. Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.)
  6. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.


Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.


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