Animal Sciences 495A

Animal Health Management

Fall 2002

  Instructor in Charge: 

Judy Nielsen 

Office location: Rm 1154, VAHF 
Office phone: (49)6-6505 
Home phone: 743-4302 
E-mail address:

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General Course Information 

Lecture Syllabus  

Lecture Notes  

Lecture Presentation Materials 


Additional Resources  




General Course Information

When and Where:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday,  10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
LILLY 3-102

Prerequisite Courses:

  • ANSC 221 Principles of Nutrition
  • ANSC 230 Physiology of Domestic Animals

Course Objectives:

The objectives of this course are to familiarize the student with disease processes and mechanisms whereby animals are able to combat diseases. Management techniques in food, companion and research animal species that minimize or prevent disease will be emphasized, as well as the consequences on animal production, reproduction, and human health.  When you successfully complete this course, you should:

  1. Understand the factors that influence initiation and progression of disease in animals, including
  • basic immunology of host animals
  • basic mechanisms used by infectious agents to invade a host animal and cause disease
  • environmental/management factors that contribute to or minimize occurrence of disease.

    2.  Be able to recognize, understand and use accepted medical/scientific/management terms.

    3.  Understand the management aspects of animal health and the importance of disease prevention..

    4.  Be able to design management programs to address health concerns in covered animal species.

Grading Scheme:

Grades will based on hourly exams, quizzes, homework and/or class project assignments and a final exam as follows:

  • Exam 1:         50 pts                                                
  • Exam 2:         50 pts
  • Exam 3:         50 pts
  • Homework:   35 pts
  • Quizzes         40 pts
  • Final Exam:   75 pts

Total points            300 points

A > 90% of total points; B = 80-89% total points; C = 70-79% total points; D = 60-69% total points; F < 69% of total points

Academic Honesty:

Students found guilty of cheating or academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Students.

Required Textbook:

Principles of Veterinary Science, eds. Hoopes and Thwaits.

Recommended Textbooks:

Other recommended texts that will be on reserve in the Life Science and/or Veterinary Medical Library include:

  • Herd Health: Food Animal Production Medicine, 2nd edition, eds. Radostitis, Leslie and Fetrow
  • Diseases of Swine, 8th edition ed. Leman.
  • Mims' Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease, 4th edition, eds. Mims, Dimmock, Nash and Stephen.
  • Immunobiology-The Immune System in Health and Disease, 4-5th edition, eds. Janeway, Travers, Walport and Capra.
  • Zoonoses -- Recognition, Control and Prevention, Hugh-Jones, Hubbert, Hagstad.
  • Health Maintenance and Principal Microbial Diseases of Cultured Fishes, 1999, First Edition, John A. Plumb.

 A number of additional resources can be found under Additional Resources at this website and as hyperlinks to associated lecture notes on the web.

Animal Sciences Department Home Page School of Agriculture Home Page

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