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The Management of PRRS

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Jim Lowe

Course Description

The control of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) requires a diverse set of tactics integrated into a single coherent strategy. This course introduces you to the pathobiology of PRRSv, the principles of designing effective diagnostic testing programs, how to establish herd and system goals for PRRS management and the advantages and disadvantages of available tools for PRRSv control and elimination.  All of this is delivered in the context of applying cost effective PRRS management strategies on swine farms.

This course is approved for 2 hours of veterinary medical continuing education credit upon successfully complete this course with a score of at least 80%.

An online course for graduate academic credit is also available that covers the management of swine respiratory disease (SRD) that includes application of the management principles of SRD to real-world cases that walk through how to assess the economic trade-offs of various management strategies. 

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the pathobiology of the PRRS virus.
  • Design effective diagnostic and monitoring testing strategies.
  • Design strategies for minimizing PRRSv transmission and optimizing PRRSv immunity.

Module Topics

  • The Clinical Importance of PRRSv
  • Key Attributes of PRRSv Biology and Its Relationship to Clinical Disease
  • Transmission, Persistence and Reservoirs
  • Pathology and Immunology
  • Antigen Tests and PCR
  • Antibody Tests & Sampling
  • Minimizing PRRSv Transmission
  • Optimizing PRRSv Immunity

Course Requirements

Course Structure Overview

  • All course materials will be accessed via the internet.Learners will work as an individual at their own pace to explore the concepts in this course.If you need help with navigate the course materials,please click on the Help Center page


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