About this Course
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Learn about the impact of infectious disease on sustainable animal-based food production by understanding the science of growth, immunity, and infection and by learning the problem-solving skills needed to advance animal health and food production through optimal management practices. There is a growing global need in agricultural production for a workforce that is capable of integrating knowledge of animal health and production with an understanding of consumer preferences in the context of economic reality, business efficiency, and ethical constraint. However, current evidence suggests that there is a growing shortage of people with the knowledge and problem-solving skills required to match the rapid advances being made in animal health, science, and food production. The results of this shortage are wide-ranging and could lead to challenges in food security and agricultural economic competitiveness in some countries. In this course we will explore the effect of infectious disease on sustainable animal-based food production. The content and learning outcomes of this new course will be designed to be relevant across different food production sectors (i.e., beef, dairy, poultry, and pigs). While the instructors will provide the participants with a strong scientific base for understanding the impact of infectious disease in animal-based food production, the emphasis of the material will be on practical problem-solving and will be directed towards equipping participants with a platform for developing the skills needed to contribute to sustainable food production....
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Suggested: 6 weeks of study; 5-7 hours/week

Approx. 16 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

Disease ControlAnimalNutritionAnimal Behavior
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

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

Approx. 16 hours to complete
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
Clock
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
Clock
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
11 videos (Total 72 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video11 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 Production (Part 1 of 4) 4m
1.4. Farming 101: The Basics of Livestock Production (Part 2 of 4) 3m
1.5. Farming 101: The Basics of Livestock Production (Part 3 of 4) 4m
1.6. Farming 101: The Basics of Livestock Production (Part 4 of 4) 7m
1.7. Understanding Growth Part 1: From 2 Cells to 30 Trillion 9m
1.8. Understanding Growth Part 2: Making Meat 8m
1.9. Production Efficiency through the Ages 8m
1.10. The Economics of Production9m
Reading2 readings
Week 1 Overview10m
Week 1 Readings and Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz20m

2

Section
Clock
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
8 videos (Total 67 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video8 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 Part 1: Characterization 11m
2.4. Failure of Nutrient Utilization Part 2: Treatment 6m
2.5. The Two-Way Street of Organ System Health and Nutrition 10m
2.6. Nutrition and Disease: From Tip to Tail 7m
2.7. The Toll of Infectious Disease on Growth and Production 8m
Reading2 readings
Week 2 Overview10m
Week 2 Readings and Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz20m

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Section
Clock
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

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Section
Clock
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
9 videos (Total 77 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video9 videos
4.1. Knowing the Enemy Part 1: Bacteria 10m
4.2. Knowing the Enemy Part 2: Viruses 6m
4.3. Knowing the Enemy Part 3: Parasites 9m
4.4. Pathogen Armaments 11m
4.5. Watching the War: Anatomy of a Disease Outbreak (Part 1 of 2) 7m
4.6. Watching the War: Anatomy of a Disease Outbreak (Part 2 of 2) 8m
4.7. Changing the Course of Infections 13m
4.8. Strengthening the Defenses: Vaccines 7m
Reading2 readings
Week 4 Overview10m
Week 4 Readings and Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

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

By PGJul 10th 2017

This course is very informative and I am glad to have taken it.Lecturers are very precise and specific in transmitting useful information.

Instructors

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

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

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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