Portec Australia

Gilt Edge Resources Pty Ltd A.C.N 100 954 112

 

P.O. Box 331, Belmont W.A. 6984

15 Camden Street, Belmont, W.A. 6104

Phone (08) 9479 3100 Fax: (08) 9479 3130

www.portec.com.au

 

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Pig and Poultry Externships

 

Competency in pig and poultry medicine

Over the 2 weeks Externship, consider the following tasks and achievements.

There are internet links behind most tasks

 

Review which of the below tasks you feel weak in and then as you gain confidence in each task remove from the list. ( = confident)

Start

End

Basics

 

Terminology of modern pig production

 

 

Terminology of modern poultry production

 

 

Basic breed recognition pigs and poultry

 

 

 

Understanding different farming systems farrow to finish, 2/3 site systems and parity segregation

 

 

Clinical examination

Individual

Clinical examination of an individual pig

 

 

 

Clinical examination of an individual bird

 

 

Weight and age estimation

 

 

 

Postmortem examination and description of lesions

 

 

 

Sample collection blood (weaner and finisher)

 

 

 

Blood collection in poultry

 

 

 

Nasal swab

 

 

 

Tonsilar swab

 

 

 

Rectal/faecal swab

 

 

 

Urine collection

 

 

 

Semen collection

 

 

 

Sample handling

 

 

 

Bacterial recognition Basic

 

 

 

Worm egg count

 

 

Group

 

Clinical examination of a group of pigs

 

 

Clinical examination of a group of birds

 

 

 

Clinical examination of a farm

 

 

 

Group pathology slaughterhouse examination

 

 

 

Signs of stockpeople interaction

 

 

 

Environmental analysis:

 

Water flow, height,

 

 

 

position in pen

 

 

 

dismantle drinker

 

 

 

Floor stocking density calculation,

 

 

 

hygiene assessment

 

 

 

Feed basic nutritional requirements weaner/finisher/adult dry and lactating

 

 

 

Review feed bin management

 

 

 

Reduce feed wastage

 

 

 

Air assess air flow patterns

 

 

 

Defecation

 

 

 

Lying patterns

 

 

 

Rationalise smoke patterns

 

 

 

Records Basic analysis of production records

 

 

 

Setting of production targets

 

 

 

Analysis of a reproduction problem

 

 

 

Medicine review on farm medicine storage

 

 

 

Write a feed prescription

 

 

 

Dose calculation for water medication

 

 

 

Biosecurity write a standard operation procedure for a perceived threat to the farm

 

 

Literature review

 

Carry out a critical review of a publication

 

 

 

Present a 5 minute review of a paper of your choice

 

 

Routine farm tasks

 

Iron injection

 

 

 

Teeth clip

 

 

 

Tail dock

 

 

 

Castration of piglet

 

 

 

Identification methods

 

 

 

Cleaning rooms and building

 

 

 

Move stock around farm

 

 

 

Assess oestrus

 

 

 

Mate by AI

 

 

 

Assess stage of pregnancy

 

 

 

Assist farrowing

 

 

 

Review hospital pen management

 

 

 

Discuss which animals are fit to load

 

 

 

Euthanasia of pigs and poultry

 

 

 

Keep a detailed case and experience log/diary during the duration of the externship.

 

You will be required to write a 2000-2500 word essay/case report.