Semester: Winter
Lectures/Classes: 15 / 30 hours
Field of study: Veterinary Medicine
Study cycle: 1st cycle
Type of course: compulsory
Prerequisites: Animal breeding; technologies in animal production; animal nutrition; physiology; biochemistry; microbiology; immunology; ethology, welfare and animal protection; animal hygiene.
Contact person: prof. dr hab. Tadeusz Stefaniak
Short description: Presentation of tasks and the role of veterinarian in contemporary animal keeping; rules, conditions and working methods of farm veterinarians; principles of cooperation with the owner; discussion of the major health problems in herds of cattle, swine, goats, sheep, horses; methods of their prevention and control within the herd; introduction in methods of checking the immunity of young animals; the major health problems in rearing period; introduction to simple, screening field tests available in the practice.
Full description: Five thematic blocks directed to prepare students as farm veterinarians: 1.Tasks of the veterinarian in animals’ health monitoring 2. Immunity of farm animals (immunity of young calves, piglets, foals, lambs and goat kids, factors affecting the transfer of passive transfer) 3. Losses in young stock rearing – caused by alimentary tract pathology (prevention, immunoprophylactics, rehydration –herd level) 4. Losses in young stock and maternal herd – caused by inappropriate feeding 5. Losses in young stock rearing – caused by respiratory tract pathology Five classes (one in each block) in the system application-integration.
Bibliography: 1. Radostis O.M., Leslie K.E., Fetrow J.: Herd Health. Food animal production management. Saunders 1994 2. Sainsbury D.: Animal Health, 1998 3. Mosenthin R., Zentek J., Żebrowska T.(ed.): Biology of Nutrition in Growing Animals. Elsevier,Edinburgh, London, New York, Oxford, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Sydney, Toronto 2006, 4. Rushen J. i wsp.: The welfare of cattle. Springer Dordrecht 2008
Learning outcomes: Knowledge: - defines the principles of co-operation with the breeder - identifies tsks of farm veterinarian in large farms - identifies the most common health problems in herds of cattle, swine, sheep and goats - defines the basic methods of prevention and control od diarrhoea in farms of cattle and swine - defines the basic methods of prevention and control od respiratory tract infections in farms of cattle and swine Skills: - is able to select representative group of animals in problem and healthy herds prepared for herd health monitoring - is able to perform, large farm herd health monitoring - is able to utilize acute phase proteins and selected biochemical parameters of blood, urine and milk in the herd health monitoring Social competences: - is able to elvaluate body condition score od dairy cows self - is able to classify the levels of lameness in group of cows - Is able to perform self simple field tests to evaluate the immunity of newborns of farm animal species
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: Participation in lectures (in each semester 3 absences accepted), classes (in each semester 1 absence accepted), and weighted average from: 5 written tests (weight 4) elaboration of 5 tasks (weight 1), final exam (weight 5).

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