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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study; 5-7 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Skills you will gain

Disease ControlAnimalNutritionAnimal Behavior
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 18 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study; 5-7 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Course Orientation

You will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and our learning environment. The orientation will also help you obtain the technical skills required for the course....
Reading
1 video (Total 3 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Reading4 readings
About the Discussion Forums10m
Syllabus10m
Updating Your Profile10m
Social Media10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Orientation Quiz10m
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Week 1: Animals and Sustainable Food Production

This week we will review the universal and historical principles underlying livestock system design, and how management of genetics, nutrition, and the environment have advanced efficiency through their impact on the physiological processes that control animal growth, development, and production...
Reading
7 videos (Total 70 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
1.1. The Challenges Before Us: Feeding 9 Billion People 5m
1.2. People: Our Role in Managing Animal Well-Being 8m
1.3. Farming 101: The Basics of Livestock Production19m
1.4. Understanding Growth17m
1.5. Production Efficiency through the Ages8m
1.6. The Economics of Production9m
Reading2 readings
Week 1 Overview10m
Week 1 Readings and Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Week 2: Disease as a Barrier to Sustainability

This week we will demonstrate the link between nutrition and health at every stage of life and production by examining the science behind efficient nutritional intake, uptake, and utilization, and exploring the mechanisms by which disease can interfere with these processes....
Reading
7 videos (Total 66 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
2.1. The "Inside" Science of Nutrition 11m
2.2. The Particles and Partitioning of Dietary Nutrients 9m
2.3. Failure of Nutrient Utilization: Characterization and Treatment17m
2.4. The Two-Way Street of Organ System Health and Nutrition10m
2.5. Nutrition and Disease: From Tip to Tail7m
2.6. The Toll of Infectious Disease on Growth and Production8m
Reading2 readings
Week 2 Overview10m
Week 2 Readings and Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Week 3: Animals' Response to Infectious Disease

This week we will introduce the concept of the farm and each production system as an ecosystem in which animals and microbes live in mutualistic relationships, and explain the beneficial impact of ecologically managing the microbes alongside the animals to enhance host defense, animal health, and production efficiency....
Reading
11 videos (Total 95 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video11 videos
3.1. Microbes: Friend or Foe? 10m
3.2. Promoting Friendly Farm Infections 7m
3.3. Microbial Colonization in the Newborn World 8m
3.4. The Farm: It’s a Bug’s World 8m
3.5. In Defense of Normality 12m
3.6. The Energetic Cost of Defense 7m
3.7. When the Defense Cannot Defend 14m
3.8. The War Within 7m
3.9. Defending the Airways 7m
3.10. Defending the Next Generation 8m
Reading2 readings
Week 3 Overview10m
Week 3 Readings and Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Week 4: Our Role in Fighting Infectious Disease

This week we consider the ravages of infectious disease on animal well-being and production system efficiency by considering disease as a war between infectious agents and their reluctant hosts, acting both at an individual and population level that can be measured and managed. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 75 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
4.1. Knowing the Enemy: Bacteria, Viruses, and Parasites25m
4.2. Pathogen Armaments11m
4.3. Watching the War: Anatomy of a Disease Outbreak15m
4.4. Changing the Course of Infections13m
4.5. Strengthening the Defenses: Vaccines7m
Reading2 readings
Week 4 Overview10m
Week 4 Readings and Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By NAOct 19th 2018

sustainable food production through livestock is a very organized and impressive course.it fulfill the modern requirements and gives us more efficient knowledge about animals

By AMNov 29th 2016

i enjoyed the course so much i didn't want it to finish thanks to the doctors for their simple clear illustration their interesting way in giving us the information

Instructors

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Dr. Jim Lowe, DVM, MS, Dip ABVP (Food Animal)

Associate Professor
Integrated Food Animal Management Systems, College of Veterinary Medicine
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Dr. Brian Aldridge, BVSc, MS, PhD, Dip ACVIM (Large Animal), MRCVS

Clinical Professor
Integrated Food Animal Management Systems, College of Veterinary Medicine

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