Animal Science Technology: Equine Major - Courses
Some courses are still in development. Watch for ongoing additions to descriptions.
|Year 1 Required Courses||CREDITS|
|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|
|This course introduces the causes of disease in farm animals, including infectious disease transmission, clinical signs, and control. The fundamentals of immunology, vaccination, and general maintenance of health are emphasized. Basic pharmacological principles, drug administration, and selected pharmaceuticals are covered. Emphasis is placed on the correct handling and administration of drugs including drug safety and withdrawal times. This course is intended to provide students with current information regarding the recognition and prevention of common diseases of farm livestock with a major emphasis on cattle (beef and dairy) and lesser emphasis on sheep, horses and bison. Common farm animal diseases are examined including their initiating causes, clinical signs, treatment and prevention. Prerequisites: none. Co-requisites: none.|
|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||132||Horsemanship, Welfare and Ethics||3|
|This course is an introduction to horse training and livestock handling. Efficient and low-stress handling techniques are presented and demonstrated to promote safety for both the handler and the livestock. Students work with horses and cattle 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.|
|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||341||Commercial Horse Production and Training||3|
|The lecture portion of this course is a broad overview of the horse industry in western Canada. Evaluation and selection for different classes of horses, tack and production indicators are discussed. Students do partial budgets on horse purchases.The lab portion is a hands on riding class where students train their horses for handling livestock in a working environment. Basics of sorting, driving and roping cattle with a focus on safety and low stress handling is learned. Students are responsible for the care and stable management practices related to their horses. Prerequisite: AN 132.|
|CR||188||Range and Forage Management||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.|
|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||105||Genetics of Livestock||3|
This is a basic genetics course that provides a background for animal breeding. 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. Prerequisites: none. Co-requisites: none.
|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. Prerequisites: none. Co-requisites: none.|
|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.|
|Course outline under development.
|The intent of this course is to provide students in the Animal Science Technology - Equine major with knowledge and skills that enable them to make informed decisions pertaining to the physical well-being of horses in their care. In the Lab portion students apply the knowledge they have gained in AN 132 and AN 341 to train college owned horses for the purpose of resale as a part of AN 366 Student Managed Farm - Livestock II. Prerequisite: AN 341.|
|AN||344||Equine Breeding Management||3|
|This course provides students with the knowledge required to make informed decisions pertaining to the reproduction management of stallions, broodmares and foals. Prerequisite: AN 343.|
|AN||345||Western Horse Industry||3|
|This course provides students with a view on some of the markets, opportunities and pitfalls within the horse industry; as well as skills for fitting, marketing horses and operating an equine business. In the lab portion students will work as a team to train horses for the purpose of resale in conjunction with AN 366 Student Managed Farm Livestock II. Prerequisites: AN 132, AN 341 and AN 343. Co-requisite: AN 366.|
- 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.
|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 Equine 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.|