Instructor: Dr. James Lowe
Mode of Teaching
Students will possess the knowledge required to be able to build a protocol for a give livestock site to improve the control infectious disease.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Apply design principles for effective biosecurity to a livestock production site.
- Develop mitigation strategies that can be implemented easily, effectively, and continuously.
- Create a comprehensive biosecurity protocol for a single livestock production site.
- Module 1: Principles of Biosecurity
- Principles of biosecurity
- Sources of pathogens in livestock systems
- Primary routes of transmission of pathogens between livestock populations
- Primary routes of transmission of pathogens within livestock populations
- Estimating the cost of disease in livestock populations
- Module 2: Animal Entry
- Closed vs. open herds
- Understanding a source herd's impact on system health
- Timing and age of entry for replacement females
- Location, design and testing in isolation facilities
- Evaluating semen sources and health implications
- Module 3: Livestock Transportation
- Design and operation of loading facilities
- Dedication and flow of live haul equipment
- Cleaning of live haul equipment
- Decontamination of live haul equipment
- Management of live haul drivers and their equipment
- Module 4: People, Supply, and Equipment Entry
- Design of people entry facilities
- Procedures for entry of people and the things that accompany them
- Design and operation of supply entry facilities
- Building systems that minimize the risk of equipment risk for transmission of pathogens
- Module 5: Facility Design and Management
- Design of manure handling systems and their implications on biosecurity
- Operating manure handling systems in a biosecure manner
- Options for deadstock removal
- Operating deadstock removal systems in a biosecure manner
- Preventing non-livestock animals from entering facilities
- Minimizing the risk of pathogen introduction through feed
- Course Structure Overview
All course materials will be accessed via the internet. Course modules will be a combination of video lectures, quizzes, discussions, assignments with a final project.
- Required Textbooks
The required textbook will be posted on the course site.
- Technical Requirements
Knowledge of and operation of a computer is the students’ personal responsibility.
You will need:
- A reliable device.
- High-speed internet connection: e.g. DSL or Cable.
- Supported web browser: e.g. a recent version of Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
- Access Microsoft Office 365 (Net ID and password needed) & have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed.
- Minimum technical skills: At a minimum, students must possess the ability to navigate Blackboard. This includes accessing course content, posting to a discussion board, and completing online assignments, quizzes, self-assessments, and exams.
- Online meetings via ZOOM: We use a software solution called ZOOM for online meetings. Student may join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android or call by telephone. The meeting link or telephone number will be provided after meeting is scheduled to join a meeting. A webcam is preferred for easier communication.
alt link: http://online.vetmed.illinois.edu/How-To-Enroll