The Swine Medicine Education Center (SMEC) is accepting enrollment into 4 available courses, SMEC 478A: Swine Production Management and Consultation, SMEC 478B: Swine Clinical Pharmacology and Treatment Management, SMEC 478C: Swine Emerging Diseases Diagnosis and Management, and SMEC 480: Swine Production Medicine Clinical Rotation. There are a limited number of spaces available and a limited number of stipends available to reduce costs for each course. The course dates are listed on the SMEC website at www.smec.iastate.edu. To enroll in a SMEC course please contact Kristin Skoland at kjhammen@iastate.edu or 515-294-7692. SMEC encourages you to register today!

SMEC 478A: Swine Production Management and Consultation, 2 week rotation, provides participants the opportunity to learn swine production management and consulting skills within a progressive swine production and management system. Participants will discuss topics of finance and business of the swine industry and have on-farm learning opportunities to visit a breeding farm, nursery, wean-to-finish facility, gilt developer unit, and a truck wash.

SMEC 478B: Swine Clinical Pharmacology and Treatment Management, 2 week rotation, provides participants with basic and applied information on swine treatment options, strategies to maximize efficacy, and skills to pursue judicious use of antimicrobials, reproductive interventions, and the entire spectrum of drug therapies. During the course, participants prepare a thorough evaluation of the pharmacologic interventions that may occur on farms and then implement this evaluation in active production facilities to maximize efficacy, compliance and animal welfare as part of a comprehensive judicious use objective.

SMEC 478C: Swine Emerging Diseases Diagnosis and Management, 2 week rotation, provides participants the opportunity to learn diagnostic tests, methods, approaches, analysis, and evaluation of emerging swine diseases and provides general knowledge of disease elimination and means to manage herd losses and economic losses due to disease.

SMEC 480: Swine Production Medicine Clinical, 2 week rotation, allows participants to take the lead in investigating field based client cases with supervision of the instructors and to develop critical thinking skills that will allow students to apply concepts of herd management, production analysis, economic analysis, and disease prevention in addressing client cases.