Agricultural Sciences

Animal Science Technology: Dairy Major - Courses

CAMPUS: Vermilion Campus
Offered for the first time in fall 2019, the dairy science major expands options that were available in the former animal science technology program.
Some courses are still in development. Watch for ongoing additions to course descriptions.
Year 1 Required Courses CREDITS
AE 114 Microeconomics 3
This course deals with the economics principles underlying production, markets, and the national economy. Agricultural examples are used throughout.
AE 202 Business Records and Reporting 3
This class is designed so students 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. Co-requisites: none.
AN 102 Introduction to Diseases and Treatments 3
Course outline under development.
AN 110 Introduction to Animal Science and Business Communications 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.  There is also a written and oral communication component to this course. Assignments focus on agricultural topics, employment issues, and interview skills. Prerequisites: none. Co-requisites: none.
AN 124 Animal Anatomy and Physiology 3
This course covers both gross and functional anatomy and physiology of farmed livestock species, using a systems approach, to assist students to understand how animals work, move, heal, and live. Prerequisites: none. Co-requisites: none.
AN 133 Animal Handling, Welfare and Ethics 3
This course is an introduction to livestock handling and restraint.  Efficient and low-stress handling techniques are presented and demonstrated to promote safety of both the handler and livestock.  Students are required to work with herds and flocks during the lab sessions to gain confidence and proficiency.  Along with discussions on the responsibilities of livestock care providers, the topic of animal welfare is introduced and current issues are debated in class.  Welfare and ethics discussions focus on production issues, but may also include the recreation, research, draft and companion animal industries. Prerequisites: none. Co-requisites: none.
AN 212 Introduction to Livestock Nutrition 3
Students learn the principles and practices of nutrition as they apply to large animals.  Each nutrient class is studied in relation to its function, deficiency and requirement in the body.  Nutrient requirements for maintenance, growth, and production are applied through the formulation of diets for beef, dairy, swine, and horses.  Students work through practical feeding programs based on economics and available feeds.
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. The Student Managed Farm (SMF) structure is introduced and students have the opportunity to monitor the current SMF team. Prerequisites: none. Co-requisites: none.
AN 330 Dairy Cattle Production 3
This course is a general overview of dairy production. Topics discussed include supply management, equipment and milking systems, the lifecycle of dairy cattle, the importance of milk quality and food safety and the economics of dairy production. DHI reports and their usefulness in herd management are also discussed. Prerequisites: none. Co-requisites: none.
CR 188 Agronomy, Range and Forage 3
This course introduces the student to soil science and productivity; it focuses on plant structure and functions, grazing management and techniques for rangeland and pastures, and forage and field crop management. Prerequisites: none. Co-requisites: none.
Year 2 Required Courses CREDITS
AE 230 Farm Financial Management 3
Students learn to use concepts and tools 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, financial analysis, budgeting and other management tools.  Some assignments use computer programs. Prerequisites: AE 202. Co-requisites: none.
AN 106 Dairy Genetics 3
This genetics course provides background information and genetic decision making strategies. The foundational basis of heredity, why we see variations in a variety of economic traits, basic principles of selection, and the general effects of various breeding systems are studied.
AN 238 Dairy Reproductive Technologies 3
This course covers the anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive system of dairy cattle. Topics include hormones and control of male and female reproduction, puberty, estrous cycles, ovulation, fertilization, pregnancy, parturition, reproductive disorders and biotechnology used within the industry.
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.  Prerequisites: none. Co-requisites: none.
AN 331 Dairy Herd Management I 3
Successfully managing a profitable dairy herd requires knowledge of common diseases, their treatments and prevention. It also requires that managers monitor their herd health and production by using herd scoring systems.  This course assists students to understand and effectively use all the technology available. Prerequisites: AN 330. Co-requisites: none.
AN 332 Dairy Herd Management II 3
Dairy facilities can take a variety of forms. This course investigates different types of facilities, the strengths and weaknesses of each and the regulations involved in developing or expanding facilities. Managing young stock and dry cows and culling strategies will also be discussed. Prerequisites: none. Co-requisites: none.
AN 334 Dairy Business Management 3
This course addresses the challenge of working with family members and paid employees.  Some of the trends and issues that affect the dairy industry in Canada, both domestically and internationally, and how commodity organizations can influence decisions that affect the industry are examined. 
AN 336 Advanced Dairy Nutrition 3
This course evaluates various feedstuff, nutrients and diets which are essential to ensure that animals achieve optimum production and health throughout their lives. Animal behavior with respect to feeding, feeding systems and metabolic diseases are also discussed. Prerequisite: AN 330.
Student-managed or student-directed?
You choose either:
  • the Student-Managed Farm (AN 365 & AN 366)
  • the student Directed Livestock Practicum (AN 367 & AN 368) between year 1 and year 2 followed by a project during the academic year.
While the courses are in year 2, you need to choose before you finish year 1.
SMF or student-led practicum CREDITS
AN 365 Student Managed Farm - Livestock I 3
Students integrate and apply the techniques of 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 Livestock Units. This applies to all aspects of operating the business including production, finances, and marketing. Prerequisites: All year 1 Dairy Science courses. Co-requisites: none.
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 Student Managed Farm - Livestock I. 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. Prerequisites: AN 365. Co-requisites: none.
AN 367 Student Directed Livestock Practicum I 3
Second Year Animal Science Technology students are placed in approved agricultural business or production enterprises for a three week period between first and second year studies to gain practical work experience. This practicum is followed up with a one hour per week tutorial in the fall academic semester. Prerequisites: All first year Animal Science Technology courses, or a diploma in Agribusiness, Crop Technology or Animal Health Technology.
AN 368 Student Directed Livestock Practicum II 3
Second Year Animal Science Technology students participate in class discussions, guest lectures and industry events to gain knowledge of issues affecting our industry as well as developing competencies to use in their career. Prerequisites: successful completion of AN 367.
What Students Say
With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College has been a integral partner in growing our own through the school of business. As an alumnus of the college, I have first-hand learning experience in the school of business. The professors welcome Servus Credit Union to facilitate classes in the Business Ethics course each year.

– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

What Faculty & Staff Say
Vertex has had great experience bringing on students from Lakeland College. We have found the Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) program to provide students with good academic knowledge of the environmental industry and the criteria that governs the land reclamation

– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

What Alumni Say
There is no way I would be where I am today without Lakeland College. It inspired me to be a better person and to get a job in something I love doing. I am so thankful I had such a great experience at Lakeland and I hope future students do as well.

– Danielle Gaboury

Business studies, Class of 2016.

What Students Say
I recommend the UT program to people all the time. The smaller setting Lakeland offers, is very conducive to learning. It's less intimidating than the larger universities and allows for more class interactions and discussions

– Kelly Mykytuk

2nd year UT student, 2017-18

What Alumni Say
Choosing to attend Lakeland College was one of the best decisions that I’ve made in my life so far. The welcoming and friendly Lakeland environment encourages a place of excellence, and fosters the ability to be successful not only in school, but in life.

– Mariah Van’t Hof

University Transfer, Class of 2015

What Alumni Say
I have loved my experience at Lakeland. The teachers are personable, and quick to share about their own experiences. They encouraged me to run with my own ideas and see what would happen; they got excited about my designs, which gave me the confidence to do my best and be more creative.

– Payton Ramstead

Class of 2016, Interior Design student.

What Alumni Say
At Lakeland College you are guaranteed to have time out of the classroom where you can put everything you learned together and actually see that what you’re learning is relevant.

– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The friendships I made, the experiences we were provided with, and the welcoming atmosphere of the Vermilion Campus made my time at Lakeland extremely valuable and memorable

– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College was a learning environment unlike any other school. It allows students to learn beyond the classroom, and staff and faculty genuinely want to see students succeed. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable asking questions and where everyone has a place and fits in.

– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The instructors were the highlight of my time at Lakeland. It made a huge impact on my college experience to have instructors who challenged, encouraged, and believed in me.

– Jessica Cadrain

Child & Youth Care, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
At the beginning of my first year, I was really stressed out as I felt I had no artistic ability. But with the instruction and time put in by the interior design faculty, I was able to develop my artistic abilities. Now I am fully confident in and exceeding well in the artistic side of this career!

– Naomi Mason

Interior Design Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I just feel like you get the best education at Lakeland, especially from the time that the instructors can actually spend with you. I like the class sizes too – everything’s been great about my Lakeland experience.

– Dean Coulson

Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I do give Lakeland College credit for reigniting my interest and even preparing me for Miss Rodeo Canada. Lakeland helped me to grow enough to have the confidence to think I could take on that role and become that person. I think that I have and I am really grateful for that

– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
I feel the professors at Lakeland actually prepared me for the profession. It’s impossible to be just a number here when there are 12 students in all of your classes. When the school advertised small class sizes, they actually meant it.

– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I was involved in the president’s gala in April where I was an emcee for the evening, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it and would recommend it to everyone.”

– Lucas Tetreault

HOPE Power Engineering, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I would recommend Lakeland College for the simple fact that it's for everybody. As a mature student who went back to school much later than his 18th year, I was immediately accepted, and not ostracized in the least

– Donald James Shaw

Accounting Major, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
All the hands-on learning was great and very helpful once placed into the industry. Having clients leave with a smile after each service assured me that I was in the right field of work. I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.

– Courtnee Coolidge

Esthetician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The professors care so much about their students at Lakeland and are able to know each and every one of them by name, so much so that they are able to nominate a ton of students for awards.

– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
They really put you in the lead at Lakeland. Lakeland cares about its students, empowers them, and gives them opportunities to achieve their goals. I don’t see Lakeland as a stepping stone or a first step – I see it as a bridge and an integral part of my education.

– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
In the campus spa, they give you time to work with each client so nothing is rushed and you’re able to concentrate on providing the best service you can to your client.

– Daphney Couturier

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
It’s going to be a lot easier to start our first jobs having this experience and having been able to build our confidence in the campus spa. I love that we get to have this opportunity.

– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Employers Say
Lakeland is a great place to find employees. The college provides real world training that equips soon-to-be employees with knowledge and people skills that are highly sought after in the agriculture industry these days.

– Dustin Dinwoodie

Key Account Manager – Western Canada Arysta LifeScience

What Alumni Say
The hands-on field trips, quality of education i received, professors who are invested in your success, and all the friends I made. I exceeded my academic expectations and I also had a lot of fun. If i had to do it all over gain, i would choose Lakeland!

– Nicole (Audet) Pysh

Class of 2006, Environmental Protection & Class of 2008, Applied Environmental Degree