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An Experimental Course: Animal Handling, Safety, and Well-Being

By Brady M McNeil, Heather A Jennings, Christen G. Jackson, Anna K. Johnson, Jodi A. Sterle

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Students in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University are coming from increasingly diverse backgrounds, with little to no experience working with or handling various livestock species. In order to best accommodate these students, additional courses are being developed, one of which is Animal Science 190X: Animal Handling, Safety, and Well-Being. Through the course, students handle all major livestock species; sheep, swine, poultry, horses, beef cattle and dairy cattle, and are required to demonstrate handling knowledge and skills learned as part of a final assessment. This creates an opportunity for students lacking a livestock background to feel more confident and safer as they interact with livestock species both throughout their collegiate careers and as they enter into the animal agriculture industry.


Katie Osborn

Date March 2015
Series Title Animal Industry Report
Volume 661
Pages 3
ISBN/ISSN 2572-679X
Publisher Iowa State University Digital Repositiory
Language English
  1. Animal welfare
  2. Handling
  3. Livestock