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Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Department

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In small groups, students will visit swine production facilities throughout the state of Iowa, perform thorough yet targeted site analyses aimed at providing diagnostic and/or production based solutions to health challenges on the sites. Students will interact directly with a referring veterinarian, site managers, owners and/or employees. Students will develop diagnostic plan, collect appropriate samples, complete submission protocols for ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, analyze reports and provide written feedback to the referring veterinarian and farm contacts.


Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

ISU has 4 Swine focused faculty to serve as resources for the students. Two of these (the course instructors) are board certified in Veterinary Preventive Medicine. All carry advanced degrees in swine or epidemiological areas.

Educational Resources

  • Students will have access to online learning resources through ISU's WebCT portal which provides additional swine focused learning modules in addition to the specific course objectives.
  • Students will have full access to all ISU library resources while on campus.


  • Students are expected to contribute equally to the lecture and field activities.
  • All students are expected to develop Powerpoint presentations of the site visits with their small groups.
  • Students will create followup documents using (SOAP) format to be delivered to the referring veterinarians.
  • Students will be required to complete a final examination focused on the thought process involved with a complete farm site evaluation.
  • Students are expected to interact with other participants during rounds activities to include: students, staff and/or faculty members.

Student Supervision

This clinical rotation covers 10 business days. Students will have 40 hours/week of direct supervision from 2 faculty members and 1 clinical technician.


Student must arrange own housing.

Practice Information

Iowa State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine Department
1600 S. 16th St.
2412 Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center
Ames, IA 50011

Ph: 515-294-2283
Fax: 515-294-1072


Updated: 1/26/10
Signature On File: Dr. Locke Karriker

Ames, IA
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