Vet Student Attitudes about Swine Change after Lecture and Farm Visit

In this new publication from the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, Dr. Perle Zhitnitskiy from the UMN swine group, in collaboration with Dr. Beth Ventura explores the impact that various educational initiatives have on first-year veterinary students attitudes towards swine production.

Key Points

  • First-year students undergo 1-hour lecture and one farm visit in their first year of the curriculum.
  • Knowledge and attitudes towards pigs improved after the educational initiatives.
  • Students became more segmented in their overall view of swine production.
  • Provision of enrichment did not increase students’ satisfaction with the level of animal welfare on the farm.
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Survival of swine pathogens in compost formed from preprocessed carcasses

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

This week, we are sharing a summary of a study published by Dr. Brent Pepin et al. from Pipestone Veterinary Services on the survival of swine pathogens in compost.

Key Points

  • Composting of preprocessed carcasses effectively eliminated infective PRRSV/PED under cold weather conditions
  • Compost biomass type (carbon source) may affect the short-term virus survival 
  • Environmental viral contamination (aerosolization and groundwater) from carcass preprocessing and windrow composting appears minimal under the conditions of the study
  • Compost reached temperatures that can adequately deactivate ASF
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