Creating measurable, practice-relevant day-1 competencies for swine veterinary education

In this open-access publication in the Education in the Health Professions journal, Dr. Perle Zhitnitskiy and faculty from the University of Minnesota describe their process to create day-1 competencies for veterinary graduates interested in swine practice.

Key points

  • The University of Minnesota collaborated with swine practitioners, faculty from other Universities and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians to develop relevant day-1 competencies.
  • Three levels of expertise were defined: basic, intermediate and defined.
  • 109 competencies were developed in nine domains: pig handling, swine husbandry, sample collection, record keeping, treatment and prevention, biosecurity, communication and regulatory.
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New training videos available: protecting pigs and people from the flu and moving sows

Drs. Jeff Bender and Cesar Corzo collaborated with the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center and the National Pork Board to develop training videos for anyone interacting with pigs.

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