Animal Science Technology – Diploma – Vermilion Campus

Year I Required Courses

AN 110 Introduction to Animal Science 3
This course is designed to introduce Animal Science Technology students to the field of Animal Science by exploring specific disciplines and career paths. The course includes explanation of major livestock marketing systems such as supply management and vertical integration and discusses Canada's role in the global livestock market. A brief overview of several livestock species is also provided to give students a broad education in the scope of the livestock industry in Canada.
AN 124 Animal Anatomy and Physiology 3
Covers gross and functional anatomy and physiology of farmed livestock species, using systems approach, to assist with understanding how animals work, move, heal, and live.
AN 133 Animal Handling, Welfare and Ethics 3
Introduction to safe handling and restraint of large animals in clinical and field settings. Handler safety, assessment of humane treatment and housing of animal discussed in lab and lectures. Assigned individual animals and required to work with herds and flocks. Welfare and ethics discussions address production, recreation, research, draft and companion animal industries. Minimum grade of C required to progress to VE 222 Clinics Practice II.
AN 212 Applied Livestock Nutrition 3
Investigate principles of nutrition for large animals. Each nutrient class discussed in relation to function, deficiency and requirements in the body. Nutrient requirements for maintenance, growth, and production applied through formulation of diets for beef, dairy, swine, and horses. Work through practical feeding programs based on economics and available feeds.
AN 239 Reproductive Physiology 3
Covers anatomy and physiology of male and female reproductive systems with emphasis on farm animal species. Topics include hormones and control of male and female reproduction, puberty, estrous cycles, ovulation, fertilization, pregnancy, parturition, and management of physiological factors affecting reproductive efficiency.
AN 265 Introduction to Student-Managed Farm 3
Businesses rely on teamwork and leadership to succeed.  This course explores leadership and teamwork theories and students have an opportunity to put the theories into action with group work. Students also gain insight in their personality style, their strengths and weaknesses and to effectively work with those of different personalities.
CO 138 Agricultural Communications and Computer Applications 3
This is a course in oral and written communication as it relates to the agricultural community. Assignments focus on agricultural topics, employment issues, and interview skills. Assignments are related to activities students may encounter when they are part of the agricultural community.  Labs will focus on computer skills related related to Microsoft Office and other software applications.
CR 170 General Agronomy 3
Overview of soils and plant science. Introduction to aspects of soil management that affect plant growth as well as current issues in soil conservation. Combined with study of parts of the plant, functions and how they develop. Integration of soil properties and management with plant growth prepare for further study in area of agricultural plant management.
MA 100 Applied Problem Solving 3
Topics include basic arithmetic concepts and basic algebra.
VE 102 Introduction to Diseases and Treatments 3
Introduces causes of diseases in farm animals, including infectious disease transmission, clinical signs, and control. Fundamentals of immunology, vaccination, and general maintenance of health emphasized. Basic pharmacological principles, drug administration, and selected pharmaceuticals covered. Emphasis on correct handling and administration of drugs including drug safety and withdrawal times. Intended to provide current information regarding recognition and prevention of common diseases of farm livestock with major emphasis on cattle (beef and dairy) and minor emphasis on sheep, swine and horses. Common farm animal diseases examined including initiating causes, clinical signs, treatment and prevention.
AE 202 Business Records and Reporting 3
This class is designed so students will have an understanding of the key accounting and financial concepts related to their agriculture operations. A computerized accounting system is introduced and utilized for data entry and financial statement preparation. Prerequisites:  None.
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Year II Required Courses

AE 230 Farm Financial Management 3
Students learn to use concepts and tolls of economics and financial management as they apply to farming. A large part of the course consists of assignments dealing with time principles, economic analysis, finanacial analysis, budgeting and other management tools. Some assignments use computer programs. Prerequisite: AE 202.
AN 105 Genetics of Livestock 3
This is a basic genetics course that provides a background for for animal breeding. The physical basis of heredity variations in economic traits of animals, principles of selection, breeding systems and the general effects of various breeding systems are studied.
AN 260 Livestock Marketing and Sales 3
This course explores various aspects of market trends, issues, and strategies related to the marketing of livestock. The course will explore fundamentals of both sales and marketing as they relate to commercial and registered livestock operations.
AN 346 Stockman's Practices 3
This is a practical hands-on course that utilizes the College farm animals with respect to common livestock health procedures. Emphasis is placed on the routine veterinary medical aspects in the management of livestock enterprises. Included are the concepts of observation for disease, preventative herd health management, routine surgical procedures, and the treatment and aftercare of farm animals.
AN 365 Student-Managed Farm - Livestock I 3
Students integrate and apply the techniques of farm management in an actual operating livestock farm. Students learn to manage in a whole business environment by participating in the management of the Lakeland College Student-Managed Units. This applies to all aspects of operating the business including production, finances, and marketing.
AN 366 Student-Managed Farm - Livestock II 3
Students continue to apply the techniques of production and management of a livestock enterprise by completing the activities introduced in AN 365. Students participate in the management of the Lakeland College Student-Managed Livestock Units. This applies to all aspects of operating the business including production, finances, and marketing.
CR 188 Agronomy 3
EN 269 Animal Facilities and Equipment 3
This is an advanced course on planning and managing livestock production facilities. It covers building and pen layouts, feeding methods, water sources, heating and ventilation, manure handling, and environmental farm planning. Beef, dairy, swine, and equine facilities are discussed in depth. Individual students utilize a major design project to help develop their skills in planning, project design, and technical drawing.
VE 347 Food Safety and Meat Science 3
This course is designed to study meat science in general. The course includes the conversion of muscle to meat, related biochemistry, quality factors, HACCP, sanitation and hygiene, food-borne illnesses, slaughter, methods of inspection, and processing of meat and by-products.
AN 239 Reproductive Physiology 3
This course covers the anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive systems with an emphasis on farm animal species. Topics include hormones and control of male and female reproduction, puberty, estrous cycles, ovulation, fertilization, pregnancy, parturition, and management of physiological factors affecting reproductive efficiency.
Elective Courses

AN 307 Artificial Insemination 1
This course is a practical study in bovine artificial insemination techniques. Course hours are separated into laboratory work on reproductive organs and live cows to develop skill in insemination techniques. Prerequisites:  None.
AN 320 Cow-Calf Management 3
This course is a detailed study of Canadian ranch operation including day to day duties, planning and strategic management. Lecture sessions used to investigate good management practices along with new ideas within the industry. Students encouraged to use own practical experience in lecture and lab as they investigate, develop and discuss working plans that can be implemented into current operation.
AN 325 Feedlot Production 3
This course will cover common practices and guidelines of production in Western Canadian Feedlots. Topics include history, induction, cattle types, feeds and feeding, economics, marketing, day-to-day management, efficiency, and future of the industry. Emphasis is placed on knowledge for employment and self-management decision-making.
AN 330 Dairy Cattle Production 3
This course is a detailed study of dairy cattle: anatomy of udder, physiology of milk production, equipment, nutrition, record keeping, dairy herd improvement, sanitation and economics.
AN 331 Dairy Systems Management 3
This course focuses on dairy management and includes topics on quota management, operating herd breeding, and management of nutrition. Field trips are mandatory and include attending the Western Canadian Dairy Seminar. Co-requisite: AN 330.
AN 332 Dairy Housing and Hoof Care 3
AN332 focuses on dairy facility design, dairy nutrition, and dairy hoof care. Students evaluate facility options and design a dairy facility. Feeding program development and diet formulation using a computerized program are introduced. Foot lesions, locomotion scoring, and hoof trimming is also covered.
AN 335 Sheep Production Management 3
This course is a practical study of sheep management, including breeding stock selection, marketing, feeding, housing, and predator control. Students gain experience by working with farm flock. Field trips to sheep producers in the area may be taken if time permits.
AN 371 Equine Production and Management 3
This course is a practical overview of the horse production business in western Canada. With an emphasis on using economics and science to guide business decisions, students examine many topics related to the business of raising horses for a variety of different purposes. Students also discuss the latest issues in the horse industry such as the horse slaughter debate and mandatory I.D.
AN 269 Reproductive Physiology 3
RF 140 Beef Production 3
Designed to provide working knowledge of the beef industry in Canada. Topics focus on beef cow/calf and feedlot operations. Discussions involve cattle types, animal handling facilities, feeding management, seasonal activities, genetics and breeding programs, economics and marketing. Emphasis on knowledge for employment and enterprise management decision-making. Skills in team work developed as students assist in calving college cow herd.

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