Undergraduate Courses

ANIMAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES  2011-2012

Professors: G.P. Birrenkott Jr., A.B. Bodine II, Chair; S.K. Duckett, A.K. Greene, T.C. Jenkins, D.V. Maurice, T.R. Scott, P.A. Skewes; Associate Professors: S.E. Ellis, M.A. Hall; Assistant Professors: S.L. Pratt, K.L. Vernon; Instructors: B.G. Bolt, J.L. Fain

AVS 100 Orientation to Animal and Veterinary Sciences 1(2,0) Study of the role of animal agri­culture in the world today emphasizing supply and demand of end products and careers available in the animal industry.

AVS 150 Introduction to Animal Science 3(3,0) Survey of animal industries and their role in society. Examines the relationship between man and ani­mals in both a current and historical context.

AVS 151 Introduction to Animal Science Labora­tory 1(0,2) Examines the basic principles in the handling of livestock and techniques of farm animal production as well as orientation to animal produc­tion units. Coreq: AVS150.

AVS 200 Beef Cattle Techniques 2(1,2) Examines basic principles in the techniques and management associated with production of both beef cattle and sheep. Students may take only one techniques course per semester. Coreq: AVS150, 151.

AVS 201 Poultry Techniques 2(1,2) Basic principles of the production of poultry are discussed and demonstrated. Students receive hands-on experi­ence in the production and processing of poultry. Students may take only one techniques course per semester. Preq: AVS151.

AVS 203 Dairy Science Techniques 2(1,2) Intro­duction to dairy production and processing. Laboratories include hands-on opportunities for management of dairy cattle, quality control of milk, and processing of milk and dairy products. Students may take only one techniques course per semester. Preq: AVS151.

AVS 204 Horse Care Techniques 2(1,2) Basic principles of equine behavior, handling, and management are discussed and demonstrated. Students receive hands-on experience with various management techniques, including handling and all aspects of health care. Students may take only one techniques course per semester.

AVS 205 Horsemanship I 2(0,4) Designed for begin­ner to intermediate riders. The mechanics of safety, longeing, basic position, cues, and rider’s aids for both western and English disciplines are covered. Preq: AVS151.

AVS 206 Swine Techniques 2(1,2) Examines the basic principles in the techniques and management associated with production of swine. Students may take only one techniques course per semester. Preq: AVS150, 151.

AVS 207 Horsemanship II 2(0,4) Designed for intermediate to advanced riders to enhance basic horsemanship and develop specific skills for ad­vanced maneuvers in both western and English disciplines. Students concentrate on individual work and establish finesse and subtlety of aids. Training and artificial aids are discussed and/or implemented in riding sessions. Preq: AVS205 and consent of instructor.

AVS 208 Techniques of Teaching Horsemanship 3(2,2) Discusses teaching techniques and theory and handling of large mounted groups. Trains beginner through advanced levels. Preq: AVS205.

AVS 209 Livestock Exhibition Techniques 2(1,2) Students learn techniques associated with exhibi­tion and evaluation of beef, dairy, equine, poultry, and swine.

AVS 301 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals 4(3,3) Study of physiology and associated anatomy of the body systems, including nervous, skeletal, muscular, respiratory, digestive, circula­tory, urinary, reproductive, and endocrine systems. Designed primarily for students in Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Preq: BIOL 104/106 or 111.

AVS 302 Livestock Selection and Evaluation I 2(1,2) Selection and evaluation of the meat species of livestock with application of theory applied in multiple field exercises.

AVS 309 Principles of Equine Evaluation 2(0,4) Discusses the selection and evaluation of equines for various disciplines. Emphasizes current industry standards with regard to “form to function.” Stu­dents place classes of four horses and develop oral reasons to defend their placing. Opportunities for competitive horse judging teams are available.

AVS 310 Animal Health 3(3,0) Discusses basic principles of animal health. Emphasizes disease prevention in beef cattle, dairy cattle, goats, horses, poultry, and swine. The most common and im­portant diseases and zoonosis of farm animals are explained. Preq: AVS150.

AVS 311 Dairy Cattle Selection 2(1,2) Dairy selec­tion and evaluation methods are studied, including evaluation according to the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association scorecard, linear evaluation, pedigrees, and Dairy Herd Improvement Association records. Emphasizes presentation of oral reasons.

AVS 315 Animal Welfare 3(3,0) Discussion of past, present, and future human/animal interaction. Topics include wild animals, domestication, animal welfare organizations, animal rights organizations, welfare assessment, animal agriculture, animal research, and other current topics. Preq: Junior standing.

AVS 360 Internship 1-12(0,3-36) Off-campus, preplanned, reviewed, approved, and supervised educational experience in an area related to animal and veterinary sciences. Based on a multifaceted work experience in a highly structured professional environment. Students submit periodic written reports and a final written and oral report. To be taken Pass/Fail only. Preq: Junior standing in Animal and Veterinary Sciences and consent of instructor.

AVS 370, H370 Principles of Animal Nutrition 3(3,0) Familiarizes students with nutrients and feeds used in livestock and specialty animal produc­tion. Methods of evaluating common feed-stuffs are covered along with a survey of the functioning of the various digestive systems. Practical aspect to feeding each species is covered. Preq: AVS150, CH 102.

AVS 375, H375 Applied Animal Nutrition 3(2,2) Students learn procedures for formulating diets that meet nutrient requirements of livestock and poultry, utilizing traditional mathematical approaches and computerized formulation. Com­puterized least-cost formulation of diets is covered along with familiarization with feeding systems and approaches. Preq: AVS370.

AVS 385 Equine Behavior and Training 2(0,6) Introduces students to the initial processes in gen­tling and riding young horses. Students work with two- and three-year-old horses to desensitize them to stimuli in preparation for riding. Students do groundwork and put the initial rides on the horses. Preq: AVS205 or 207.

AVS 386 Advanced Equine Behavior and Training 2(0,6) Students train young horses advanced skills in western or English disciplines. Students actively prepare horses for show or sale and participate in a show or marketing/sale of their assigned horse. Develops students’ negotiation and communica­tion skills, industry insight, and industry-specific jargon. May be repeated for a maximum of four credits. Preq: AVS385.

AVS 390 Practicum 1-3(0,3-9) On-campus, pre-planned, supervised learning experience in an area related to animal and veterinary sciences. Gives experience not covered in other classwork. May be repeated for a maximum of four credits. To be taken Pass/Fail only. Preq: Consent of instructor supervising practicum.

AVS 401, H401, 601 Beef Production 4(3,2) Discusses breeding, feeding, reproduction, and management of beef cattle. Emphasizes production systems integrating disciplines of animal agriculture into management plans and alternatives. Practical ap­plications of beef production and management practices are also presented. Preq: AVS370.

AVS 405 Advanced Selection and Evaluation 2(0,4) Special and advanced training in selection and evaluation of breeding, performance, and market animals or their products. Species used are beef and dairy cattle, sheep, swine, and horses. Preq: AVS302 or 303 or 305 or FD SC 304; 309 or 311 and consent of instructor.

AVS 406 Seminars and Related Topics 2(3,0) Stu­dents conduct in-depth library research on current topics related to animal science and give formal pre­sentations using multimedia technology. Students also prepare scientific posters, learn interviewing skills, prepare résumés, and observe professional speakers. Preq: Senior standing.

AVS 409 Selected Topics 1-3(1-3,0) Topics of interest to students at the undergraduate, graduate, and pro­fessional levels. Provides experience with problems not covered in other courses or on thesis research. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits, but only if different topics are covered.

AVS 410, 610 Domestic Animal Behavior 3(3,0) Provides knowledge and understanding of behavior related to perception, learning, sociality, reproduc­tion, feeding, and health for application in produc­tion, training, and design of environments for optimum health and welfare of domestic animals. Preq: AVS150, 151 and Junior standing.

AVS 411, 611 Animal Growth and Development 3(3,0) Integration of the nutritional, physiological, and genetic basis for animal growth and develop­ment with application to livestock and poultry production. Includes the cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling these processes and em­phasizes the genes that regulate animal products (meat, eggs, wool, and milk). Preq: AVS301.

AVS 412, H412, 612 Advanced Equine Management 4(3,2) Further discussion of special considerations of the equine regarding housing, manure manage­ment, nutrition, reproduction, transportation, and behavior. Students gain insight into how horses differ from other livestock species and their unique requirements for the above systems. Preq: AVS370.

AVS 413, 613 Animal Products 3(2,3) Introduction to the safe and humane production of red meat, poultry, and dairy products. Includes HACCP principles and production of value-added animal products.

AVS (BIOSC, MICRO) 414, H414, 614 Basic Immunology 4(3,3) See MICRO414.

AVS 415, 615 Contemporary Issues in Animal Science 3(3,0) Provides knowledge, understanding, and critical analytical skills on current issues in animal agriculture in diverse regional, national, and global social-cultural and political environments as they impact animals and man. Preq: Junior standing in Animal and Veterinary Sciences.

AVS 416, 616 Equine Exercise Physiology 4(3,2) In­tegration of muscle, bone, cartilage, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems as related to the equine athlete. Encompasses biomechanics, kinetics, and kinesiology related concepts specific to the horse. Further discussion of diseases related to specific systems is covered. Preq: AVS301.

AVS 417, 617 Animal Agribusiness Development 2(1,2) Team-based development of a business relat­ing to the animal industries. Students develop the business from the initial idea through operations. Focuses on the development of the business plan, including financials, personnel management, and resources needed. Preq: ACCT201 and AP EC 202 or consent of instructor.

AVS 420, 620 Poultry Science On-line 3(3,0) On-line course covering the physiology, nutrition, health, reproduction, genetics, breeding, housing, and man­agement of commercial poultry species, including the processing of meat and egg products.

AVS 422 Special Problems 1-3(0,3-9) Laboratory, library, or field study of problems related to animal and veterinary sciences, emphasizing development and testing of hypothesis and reporting of results. May be repeated for a maximum of four credits. Preq: Junior standing and consent of instructor supervising study.

AVS 441 Animal and Veterinary Sciences Teaching Experience 1-3(1-3,0) Formal teaching experience related to animal and veterinary sciences supervised by a faculty member. May involve classroom instruc­tion, educational material development, and/or student evaluation and assessment. Students submit periodic written reports and a final written and oral report. May be repeated for a maximum of four credits. To be taken Pass/Fail only. Preq: Consent of instructor.

AVS 442 Animal and Veterinary Sciences Extension Experience 1-3(1-3,0) Formal experience in exten­sion education. Students are involved in develop­ment, implementation, or assessment of adult or youth educational programs related to animal and veterinary sciences, under supervision of extension professionals. Students submit periodic written reports and a final written and oral report. May be repeated for a maximum of four credits. To be taken Pass/Fail only. Preq: Consent of instructor.

AVS 443 AVS International Experience 1-3(1-3,0) Preplanned and approved international educa­tion/cultural experience supervised by an Animal and Veterinary Sciences faculty member. Periodic reports or record keeping are required. Final report and oral presentation are required at the end of the experience. May be repeated for a maximum of four credits. To be taken Pass/Fail only. Preq: Consent of instructor.

AVS 444 AVS Animal Agribusiness Travel Experi­ence 2(1,2) Classroom and travel course to expose students to animal production operations, agribusi­ness, and industry leaders across various geographi­cal areas. Travel is conducted during spring break and includes visits to farms, universities, and agri­businesses. Additional fee is required. To be taken Pass/Fail only. Preq: Junior standing in Animal and Veterinary Sciences, consent of instructor.

AVS 450 Sustainable Livestock Production Systems 4(3,2) Critical analysis of sustainable livestock pro­duction systems and associated factors. Principles of decision making, business analysis, management practices, resource assessment and allocation are covered in a variety of sustainable livestock produc­tion schemes.

AVS 453, H453, 653 Animal Reproduction 3(2,2) Reproductive physiology and endocrinology of mammals with emphasis on farm animals and frequent reference to reproduction in laboratory animals and humans. Preq: AVS150, 301.

AVS 455, 655 Animal Reproductive Management 2(1,3) Physiology and endocrinology of pregnant and nonpregnant cows are discussed. Emphasizes methods of artificial insemination, pregnancy de­tection, and computer record keeping to achieve a high level of reproductive efficiency in cattle. Preq: AVS150, 301; AVS453 (or concurrent enrollment).

AVS 465, 665 Animal Physiology I 3(3,0) Advanced study of the physiological systems of domestic animals as these systems relate to the integrated functions of the body. Exposes students to advanced physiological concepts and current literature perspec­tives on a variety of body systems and processes. Preq: Introductory physiology and biochemistry.

AVS 467, 667 Animal Physiology II 3(3,0) Ad­vanced course extending coverage of major and current topics in animal physiology across species not previously covered in AVS465. Major topics include digestive physiology in nonruminant and ruminant species, reproductive physiology, muscle physiology, and general aspects of avian physiol­ogy. Preq: Introductory course in physiology and biochemistry.

AVS 470, H470, 670 Animal Genetics 3(3,0) Fun­damental principles relating to the breeding and improvement of livestock, including variation, heredity, selection, linebreeding, inbreeding, crossbreeding, and other related subjects. Preq: AVS150.

AVS (BIOSC) 480, 680 Vertebrate Endocrinology 3(3,0) See BIOSC 480.

AVS 491 Animal and Veterinary Sciences Under­graduate Research Experience 1-3(1-3,0) Formal laboratory, library, or field study of problems related to animal and veterinary sciences, emphasiz­ing hypothesis development, testing, and reporting results. Projects are preplanned, reviewed, and ap­proved. Students submit periodic written reports and final written and oral reports. May be repeated for a maximum of four credits. Preq: Consent of instructor.