Basic Veterinary Tasks



Role of a veterinarian on a modern pig farm


APPs for your pocket PC and smart phone




    Bacterial identification

    Bacteriology summary

    Antimicrobial testing

    Gram's Stain

    Zeil-Neilson Stain

    Gram's staining of the main organisms


Basic biosecurity rules


Blood samples

    Taking a blood sample

    Examination of a blood smear

    Serum - antibody tests

    Serum - biochemistry

    How many samples should I take

    How do I calculate how many samples are likely to be positive?


Clinical examinations

    What do I do if I suspect a notifiable disease?

    Individual pig

    Basic clinical signs - stockperson

     Clinical signs of respiratory distress

    The pet pig

    Basic clinical signs - pet owner

    The cooperative and uncooperative pig

    Group of pigs

      Clinical signs that may indicate ill health  (pdf)

    The farm

    Farm targets

    The environment

     Environmental medicine introduction

    Disorders of the pig by system - Farrowing sow, Piglet, Grower, Gestation sow, Gilt and boar

    Questions to ask regarding introduction of new genetics


Health and Safety for farm and veterinary staff


Legal issues around the world


Pig Flow Models


Post-mortem examination 

    Euthanasia  US advice

     Post-mortem field kit


    Description of post-mortem terms (pft)

    Diseases by post-mortem

    Samples from a post-mortem

    General pathology of intestinal tract


Recognition and treatment of disorders of the pig


Reports and data collection


Semen examination


Slaughterhouse Examinations

    Slaughterhouse Report

    Slaughterhouse basic gross examination

    Atrophic Rhinitis Score

    Enzootic (Mycoplasma) Score

    Mange Scoring

    Reproductive Tract sows

     Reproductive Tract gross basis


Surgical Procedures


Treatment concepts


Worm Egg Examination


Viruses of Pigs basics


Welfare and wellbeing auditing


Zoonotic conditions of pigs