Examine the body systems of warm and cold-blooded vertebrates, learning activities include animal dissections. Specific body systems covered throughout this course are nervous, endocrine, immune, hematopoietic, sensory, urinary, and reproductive. Anatomy and physiology of exotic species will also be explored. This course is part of a two-course series that establishes the essential framework required for becoming a veterinary technician.
Study animal behavior, restraint, basic medical procedures, nutrition, and husbandry as they relate to common domestic species. Learners will also examine the Animal Welfare act regarding the care and housing of animals.
Introduces professional characteristics and qualities expected of an agriculture sales professional. Learners will develop a complete marketing plan including a market analysis. Further, learners will develop a sales proposal and create news articles, advertisements and merchandizing displays.
Introduces the commodity futures markets, with information on contract specifications, exchanges, basic trading information and fundamental and technical market information. Furthermore, time will be spent on the basic phases of grain marketing from the farm to the elevator, including fundamental market information, elevator storage policies, shrinkage, blending, moisture discounts, price spreads, opportunity cost and developing an enterprise marketing plan.
Examines milking technologies available for use on modern dairy farms. Learners investigate both milking parlor systems and robotic milking facilities. Students complete 12 hours of additional hands on training at the NTC Agricultural Center of Excellence.
Expands learner’s ability to manage a dairy herd with concentration on breed identification, reproduction, genetics including linear appraisal and selection indexes, calving management and record keeping systems.
Demonstrate basic laboratory procedures including: storage, cleaning and the principles of microscopy. Learners will study parasites of common domestic species, including prevention, lifecycle, treatment, and impact on animal health. Labs will concentrate on diagnostic parasitology. This course is only offered in spring semester.