Health of cattle in a commercial feedyard. Includes health risk assessment, cattle handling, processing, vaccination protocols, identification/treatment of sick cattle, necropsy techniques, using computer data to make management decisions for feeder cattle, other management issues. Discussion of disease syndromes and foreign diseases.
Management of animal well-being and efficient production in a cow-calf system. Includes the areas of health, growth, nutrition, pharmaceutical management, and reproduction.
Organization and function of food inspection services; principles of disease transmission; diseases transmitted to humans through the food chain.
This hands-on laboratory centered course will offer students functional skills training and an in-depth understanding of standard microbiological practices, principles and techniques necessary to safely and successfully conduct research in a Biosafety Level-3 setting.
This course examines the rationale behind the skills and techniques taught in Essential Practices for BSL-3 Research Settings. Students will gain familiarity with case studies, scientific readings, and laboratory practices. Students review and discuss research papers, topics, and practices related to biological agents and toxins appropriate for research conducted in BSL-3, ABSL-3, and BSL-3Ag facilities.
Innate and adaptive defense mechanisms in domestic animals. Topics include Vaccinology, Immunopathology, Autoimmunity, Immunodeficiency, and Immunomodulation.
Introduction to the principles and methods of veterinary epidemiology: emphasizing how diseases affect populations (and associated implications for individuals), and application to disease diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and control.
One Health encompasses the complex interrelationships among humans, animals, and the environment. This online course provides a broad introduction to One Health, incorporating original videos of leading experts, case studies, and scientific readings. It addresses zoonotic diseases and environmental issues that impact human, animal, and ecosystem health.
This course is designed to provide the knowledge necessary, through a combination of lecture, discussion, and practical experience, for new graduate veterinarians to practice herd disease-outbreak investigation in cow-calf, feedlot, and dairy practices.
Explores the relevance/benefits of applying GIS (Geographic Information System) and the concept of spatial thinking in animal/public health research and practice. Health relevant GIS concepts and terminologies, nature and sources of geospatial data, their manipulation methods in a GIS environment, and spatial analysis techniques will be presented.
Through hands-on laboratory exercises, different technical methods of applying GIS for health data analysis, spatial analytical methods, model building, cartographic principles and geographic visualization are explored.
The linkages between human health and animal health and production. Topics include zoonotic disease, emerging and exotic animal diseases, disaster preparedness, regulatory and community health issues focusing on the role of the veterinarian in all.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the basic principles and methods of epidemiology in order to recognize and understand how disease affects populations (and the associated implications for individuals). This course will prepare students to use Epidemiologic methods to solve current and future challenges to diagnose, treat, prevent, and control disease during their professional training and throughout their career.
An investigation into recently identified emerging diseases, the conditions that enable their emergence, and the human health implications of each disease.
Effects of harmful substances on the animal body. Emphasis placed on Toxicologic principles and management of the poisoned patient.
This is a three-credit graduate-level course consisting of a 3-hour meeting per week. Students will be exposed to professional practice of environmental sciences, epidemiology, toxicology,occupational health and industrial hygiene, and consumer health and safety. Topics include the methods for defining environmental contamination; identifying contaminants, pathogens and toxins; assessing risks and causality; determining health impact; ameliorating hazards; and protecting the population through waste management, regulatory programs, environmental inspections, food and product safety, and environmental policy. Includes interaction with professionals in public health practice. There will be 3 one hour lectures each week. Participation is required.
An advanced course in toxicology stressing independent problem-solving utilizing data bases and technical resources to identify toxicological concerns, to define the problem, to consider possible remedial alternatives, and to select and implement the most appropriate management and recommendations for correction and future prevention.
It will be an elective course in ecotoxicology aimed at DVM students with interests in wildlife and public health. Students will examine the interface between toxicology and ecology, including the toxic effects of natural and synthetic pollutants on ecosystem health and ecosystem services. Students will develop an appreciation and understanding of the mechanisms and processes that lead to ecotoxicity. They will also be introduced to the methodologies involved in assessing ecotoxic effects, and how ecotoxicological considerations impact industry and society.
An advanced toxicology course concerned with the cellular land subcellular effects of various groups of toxins on the intact animal organism.
An advanced toxicology course concerned with the occurrence, biological effect, detection, and control of foreign chemicals in the environment.
This lecture will meet once a week for 2 hours per period. The first hour of each meeting will consist of brief student presentations of research papers illustrating key concepts presented in the previous lecture. The second hour of each meeting will consist of a lecture on the indicated topic.
Morphology, biology, and classification of pathogenic bacteria and fungi and their relation to the causes of disease.
Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology, is designed to provide graduate students in pathobiology or related field with basic knowledge of bacteria, fungi and the diseases that they cause primarily in animals. The course is also designed to provide latest information of the pathogenic mechanisms, virulence factors, antigenic nature, zoonosis and disease transmission, treatment and prevention.
Training in critical thinking, writing, and speaking for the food, veterinary, plant, health, and related sciences. With emphasis on writing, students prepare technical reports, news releases, abstracts, and commentaries. Students prepare meeting agendas and present seminars. Committed students will emerge with enhanced critical-thinking and written-presentation skills.
This course considers the multilateral trading system as it relates to food safety, food security, animal health, plant health, and international cooperation. The course content will be of value to students interested in food safety and security, epidemiology, public health, agriculture, food science, security studies, political science, agricultural economics, veterinary medicine, and international relations.
Metabolism, absorption, digestion, and passage of nutrients in the rumen; factors affecting the environment of the rumen; certain aspects of rumen function and dysfunction; techniques used in rumen research.
Morphology, biology, and classification of viruses and their relation to the causes of disease. Veterinary Virology is a 3 credit lecture course that is designed for veterinary students in the second year of the professional curriculum. The course provides basic and fundamental knowledge on the classification, pathogenesis, and diagnosis of viral pathogens affecting common veterinary species, including ovine, caprine, feline, canine, equine, bovine, avian, and porcine species. In addition, the course is designed to provide adequate knowledge and training for veterinarians in practice on the prevention and management of these viral diseases.
Practical experience manipulating numerical data bases and turning that information into usable knowledge to aid veterinary diagnostic strategies, implementing health management programs, and food animal production decision making processes.
A review of global health problems and various strategies to manage international health concerns. The class is open to graduate students, including veterinary students, with an interest in public health that have at least 12 hours in biology or related courses.
Three hours of lectures on interwoven roles of risk assessment, management and communication – defined as risk analysis – will be applied to problems and policy development in food safety. This course will aid students in developing the ability to critically examine food safety risk issues from various stakeholder perspectives, leading to risk management and communication activities to reduce the impact of foodborne disease. A significant portion of the course will focus on the importance of thorough research and good communication skills, as well as the suitability of communication efforts. The course will be presented through lectures, case study presentations, and Internet-based support material including text, audio and video through the extensive database maintained by Dr. Douglas Powell of Kansas State University and colleagues (foodsafety.ksu.edu; barfblog.com).
The course examines the biosecurity policies and procedures required in high and maximum-containment research facilities. It provides a historical perspective of biosecurity, establishes definitions and explores concepts related to personnel, governmental and contemporary biosecurity topics. Agro-security topics are highlighted providing a perspective on risk and threat assessment to public health and institutional, local, regional, national and global threats.
This course is designed to introduce graduate students to immune responses of domestic animals to pathogens and parasites.
Alterations of the components of body fluids occurring in disease processes, and interpretations of these changes.
Epidemiologic principles of disease with a focus on measures of disease occurrence, association and impact, determinants of disease, diagnostic test evaluation, study design and critical literature evaluation.
The course is focused on understanding the principles underlying quantitative risk assessments and disease detection/surveillance systems suited to a variety of animal health and food safety applications. These will then be used to advance the practical application of risk assessment and disease detection in the development of valid and useful herd, regional and national disease surveillance programs.
This is a graduate-level course focused on understanding and implementing infectious disease models using Excel and Monte-Carlo Statistical Methods as well as Spatially Explicit Stochastic models. The course is focused on food animal diseases using a mixture of lecture, scientific literature evaluation, discussion and hands on computer lab exercises.
Virulence factors of infectious microorganisms and the host response to infection. Topics include pathogenesis of human and animal diseases and mechanisms of immunity.
Real-life immune problems of veterinary and zoonotic relevance and their application to domestic animal immune systems.
Viruses associated with diseases of veterinary medical significance with emphasis on diagnosis. Clinical observations, pathogenesis, lesions, epidemiology, immunity, and control will be considered.
Oral report on topics in microbiology, parasitology, immunology, pathology, epidemiology, or microbial genetics. The report will include critical review of relevant literature; experimental design and methodology; and presentation and evaluation of data.
This graduate course is aimed at reviewing, and evaluating new and improved molecular diagnostic methods for infectious diseases. Theory, development, and applications of molecular diagnostic tests will be discussed in the context of current literature. This course will provide an opportunity for students to learn and apply recent advances in the development of molecular diagnostic test.
Theory and practical experience in the use of flow cytometry in diagnosis and research.
A special problems course for graduate students working toward the MS degree in Pathobiology. The course is generally problems- or techniques-based in any of the disciplines in the Pathobiology program, conducted under the supervision of a graduate faculty in the Pathobiology Graduate Program.
The course will include 15, 45-minute lectures and/or reading assignments. They will be assessed through online quizzes and one essay project.
This graduate course will introduce participants to the advanced and administrative principles of biosafety and biocontainment. The course targets future P.I.’s, lab managers, and individuals with previous high-containment research experience. Specific topics include laboratory biosafety levels, special considerations for agriculture and animal labs, facility and building design, regulations, biosafety practices and procedures, and risk assessment processes required in high and maximum containment research facilities.
A special course for graduate students working toward the MS degree. Lectures, readings, and discussion of topics of current interest in any of the disciplines of Pathobiology.
For graduate students working towards the MS degree. Individual research in the fields of epidemiology, food safety, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, parasitology, pathology, and toxicology.
The goals of the course are to learn various pathogenic mechanisms (virus-host interactions) of selected virus (RNA and DNA) and Prion diseases. The course will cover the molecular basis of pathogenesis both in vitro and in animal models.
Lectures dealing with the microorganisms of the rumen, their habitat, diversity, structure, interactions, and biochemical activities. Techniques for enumeration, isolation and identification of ruminal microorganisms.
Advanced theory and methods for designing, analyzing and interpreting epidemiologic research. Emphasis on observational study design and analysis issues including design identification and optimization, bias recognition and control, and appropriate analytical approaches for epidemiologic data.
This lecture will meet once a week for 2 hours per period. The first hour of each meeting will consist of brief student presentations of research papers illustrating key concepts presented in the previous lecture. The second hour of each meeting will consist of a lecture on the indicated topic.
Biochemistry of the injured cell, relationship of intracellular parasitism to cellular metabolism, metabolic and genetic basis of inherited disease.
Oral report on topics in microbiology, parasitology, immunology, pathology, epidemiology, or microbial genetics. The report will include critical review of relevant literature; experimental design and methodology; and presentation and evaluation of data .The course is for PhD students.
This discussion course will improve graduate student communication, scientific reasoning, and data analysis skills. Students will gain familiarity with the seminal papers of molecular biology that resolved key issues of the central dogma. Key breakthroughs in molecular evolution, microbial genetics, and biotechnology will be discussed.
An individualized special course for graduate students working toward the PhD degree in Pathobiology. The course is generally problems- or techniques-based in any of the disciplines in the Pathobiology program, conducted under the supervision of a graduate faculty in the Pathobiology Graduate Program.
A special course for graduate students working toward the PhD degree. Lectures, readings, and discussion of topics of current interest in any of the disciplines of Pathobiology.
Postdoctoral research in collaboration with a faculty member, involving projects in any area of pathology or microbiology.
For graduate students working towards the PhD degree in Pathobiology. Individual research in the fields of epidemiology, food safety, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, Parasitology, pathology, and toxicology.
Graduate Courses Offered in the Department of Clinical Sciences
Advanced training in agricultural production medicine. Emphasis on answering production medicine problems through the appropriate design and interpretation of research models. Course is discussion-based and facilitated by a team of faculty members. Students will be expected to participate in weekly topic discussions.
Designing appropriate studies to answer research questions that can be addressed in livestock production settings and to interpret and present the results in a suitable manner.
Discussion of research design, grantsmanship, practical statistics, manuscript preparation, and ethics.
Graduate Courses relevant to the Pathobiology Program Offered in Other Departments
Department of Anatomy and Physiology
An overview of pharmacokinetics with emphasis on practical implications for the clinician, including bioavailability, bioequivalence, residues in food of animal origin, dosage forms and regimens, therapeutic drug monitoring, drug interactions, interspecies difference, and the effect of disease on the pharmacokinetics of drugs. Background in physiology and statistics strongly recommended.
This course will focus on providing graduate/professional students an introduction to the regulations, practices, ethical considerations, and professional interactions that define responsible conduct of biomedical research. Investigator responsibilities associated with initiating and establishing a research program, conducting experimental studies, analyzing and reporting data, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, considerations for submitting grant applications, and understanding compliance issues and regulations will be emphasized. Students will learn through reading journal articles and discussion of pertinent topics to identify and consider issues that are germane to the biomedical research environment.
Department of Animal Sciences
An overview of the nutritional principles involved with feeding nonruminants. Topics will include digestive anatomy and the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals.
Nutritional requirements of game birds, caged birds, exotics, and commercial poultry. Interactive discussion will be emphasized.
This course is intended to be taken in sequence following Monogastric Nutrition, ASI 675. The course will cover the unique nature of nutrition for companion animals with an emphasis on the nutrition of dogs and cats. Details regarding dentition, digestion, metabolism and nutritional requirements will be covered. In addition, an overview of the nutrition of other minor companion species will be provided. Besides standard assessments methods students will be expected to review current research publications on the topic and provide written and oral presentations germane to the topic.
Equine digestive anatomy and physiology. Nutrient requirements of the equine as they relate to growth, work, reproduction and lactation, as well as the relationship of nutrition to disease and environment. Practical management considerations and current equine nutrition research will be reviewed.
Advanced study of nutritional management of different species of ruminant livestock. Topics covered include ruminal function, post-ruminal digestion and absorption, utilization of key nutrients, and discussion of select metabolic disorders.
Nutritional management of dairy calves, replacement heifers, dry and lactating dairy cows. Diet formulation, feeding systems and current concepts in dairy cattle nutrition.
Diet formulation for the major species of livestock and poultry. Major topics include hand formulation of diets: ingredient/nutrient cost comparisons; dry matter manipulation; computerized diet formulation; developing specifications for diets, supplements, basemixes and premixes; projecting animal performance; and feed labeling.
Nutritional management of grazing beef cattle. Nutrition of beef cows and stocker cattle maintained under grazing conditions. Major topics to be covered include nutrient requirements, forage intake, forage quality, and supplementation.
Nutritional management of growing and finishing beef cattle maintained under confined feeding conditions. Utilization of cereal grains and byproducts in the production of beef. Major topics include nutrient requirements, feed processing, growing-finishing systems, feed additives, metabolic disturbances, and nutrient management.
Integrative physiology of livestock during environmental, management, and pathological stresses.
The course focuses on the structures and function of the gastrointestinal tract, with an emphasis on digestive physiology in the small intestine. Details of gastrointestinal tract secretion, regulation, digestion, and absorption of the major nutrient groups are emphasized with species comparisons.
Sample collection, processing and handling methodologies will be addressed as they pertain to research methods in the animal sciences. Basic laboratory techniques, sample collection, and analyses of moisture and nitrogen will be covered.
This course focuses on the analysis of minerals in common feedstuffs. This course will cover sample preparation and atomic absorption, emission, utraviolet/visible and fluorimetric spectrophotometric methods of analysis of feedstuffs and biological fluids.
This course covers the analysis of carbohydrate and lipid components of feedstuffs and biological materials using conventional as well as HPLC and gas chromatographic methods.
Study of radioisotope use in physiological applications of research in domestic animals including radioactive decay, detection methodology, and isotope dilution.
Study of measurement of biological substances and hormones utilizing enzyme-linked immunoassays (ELISA) and radioimmunoassay’s (RIA).
The course will provide an overview of techniques commonly used for analysis of mRNA and protein in animal physiology research. Topics will include RNA and protein isolation from tissue, use of sequence databases, polymerase chain reaction-based mRNA analyses, and Western blotting.
Comprehensive discussion of the development and application of energy systems used to guide livestock feeding, procedures used in energy experimentation, dietary/digestive/environmental factors that influence efficiency of energy utilization, and the efficiencies with which different energy substrates are used to support various maintenance and production functions. Emphasis will be placed upon ruminants.
Comprehensive discussion of protein and amino acids and their role in digestion, absorption, metabolism, protein synthesis, and degradation in livestock. Emphasis on techniques and interpretation of results from experiments designed to evaluate protein utilization and factors which influence amino acid metabolism in monogastrics and ruminants.
A detailed examination of the vitamin and mineral nutrition of domestic livestock. Emphasis will be placed on current literature on the determination of vitamin and mineral requirements, practical considerations for vitamin and mineral supplementation in livestock feeding, and the potential for vitamin and mineral deficiency and toxicity in domestic livestock.
Department of Biochemistry
A basic study of the chemistry and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids.
Covers medically related concepts, structures, pathways and mechanisms in biochemistry. Addresses the fundamental biochemistry behind veterinary, medical or dental topics and issues. Instructs in the fundamental principles of protein structure and function, enzymology, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, hormones, biochemical energetics, membranes, nucleic acid and protein metabolism, information transfer and the genetic code, genomic and proteomic analyses, the interdependence of biochemical pathways, pathogenesis and additional new topics.
An introduction to physical methods, kinetics, and thermodynamics of biochemical reactions and bioenergetics, chemistry of proteins and amino acids, carbohydrate chemistry, and metabolism. BIOCH 755 and BIOCH 765 are for students interested in a two-semester comprehensive coverage of biochemistry. For a one-semester course, enroll inBIOCH 521.
Continuation of BIOCH 755; lipid chemistry and metabolism, amino acid metabolism, nutrition, nucleic acid chemistry and metabolism, integration of biochemical pathways and metabolic control mechanisms.
A lecture and laboratory course on ‘state-of-the-art’ multi-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance methods and strategies in solving three dimensional structure of peptides, proteins, nucleic acids and other macromolecules.
Chemistry of plant and animal lipids, their occurrence, metabolism, and industrial uses.
Structure and function of nucleic acids: structures and properties of DNA, RNA, and chromatin; recombinant DNA techniques; mutagenesis and carcinogenesis; protein-nucleic acid interactions; structural influences on replication, transcription, translation, and regulation
Lectures and readings on the chemical nature of proteins; fractionation; purification, structure, chemical and physical properties of proteins and amino acids.
Integration of biochemical pathways and molecular mechanisms regulating cell growth, movement, differentiation, and death. Emphasis on molecular interactions and signaling cascades controlling gene expression, protein synthesis and folding, proteolysis, cytoskeleton, cell cycle, cell survival, and apoptosis
Division of Biology
An introduction to fungal structure, function, physiology, ecology, and genetics. Importance of fungi as disease organisms, as saprotrophs, and in industry. Techniques of isolation, cultivation, and as experimental organisms.
Fundamental basis of the major common non-infectious diseases and disorders affecting our society, with emphasis on the biochemical and molecular biological mechanisms by which the structures and functions of specific human tissues, organs and systems are altered.
Chemical, genetic, and biological properties of the immune response, acquired immunity, and antibody production.
The genetics of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. Both the use of genetics in microbiological studies and the use of microbial systems to investigate basic genetic problems will be covered.
The study of structure, function, regulation, and intermediary metabolism of bacteria.
Principles of radioactive safety and isotope handling, licensing procedures, and laboratory techniques.
Structure and function of nucleic acids: structures and properties of DNA, RNA, and chromatin; recombinant DNA techniques; mutagenesis and carcinogenesis; protein-nucleic acid interactions; structural influences on replication, transcription, translation, and regulation.
A problem solving approach to understanding genomics and bioinformatics. Practical use of databases and web-based tools used to study biological problems. Introduction to the algorithms behind these tools.
Examines important concepts in the mechanisms of gene regulation at the molecular level. Focuses on gene regulation in eukaryotes at the level of transcription, splicing and translation and on RNA’s diverse roles.
In-depth readings and discussions of current topics in virology and the impact of viruses in today’s society with emphasis on recent research literature.
BIOL 835: Cellular and Molecular Parasitology (3 Credits; fall, even years)
Biochemistry, immunology, and molecular biology of medically important eukaryotic parasites.
Discussions and readings covering the molecular and cellular interactions during various phases of the immune response.
Current research in immunology.
Intensive discussions of molecular interactions between proteins and lipids within cellular membranes, and the impact of these interactions on diverse cellular functions. Format is primarily group discussion of primary literature, with the goal of instilling the ability to think critically and evaluate published studies.
An introduction to approaches and techniques used in the molecular analysis of biological systems, with a focus on modern molecular and cellular biological approaches. Format is primarily group discussion of primary literature, with the goal of instilling the ability to think critically and evaluate published studies.
An introduction to theories, functions and applications of confocal, fluorescence and light microscopy, and fluorescent molecules. Lab emphasis on students working on independent research projects requiring microscopy.
Theory and techniques involved in using the transmission electron microscope for the study of biological materials. Includes individualized instruction on the operation of the Philips 201 electron microscope and techniques for processing biological samples.
Department of Entomology
This course focus will be vectors of medical and veterinary importance. Students will learn several underlying aspects involved in pathogen-vector-vertebrate host interactions, including those associated with cellular, molecular and innate immune response of insects to pathogens they transmit. Students will be introduced to current research programs and topics of interest in the field of medical entomology.
Use of scanning electron microscopy for studying organic, inorganic or synthetic materials. Includes theory of SEM operation, techniques for specimen preparation, one-on-one sessions with a technician on a Hitachi 3500N variable pressure SEM, and post-image processing.
Department of Statistics
A course emphasizing concepts and practice of statistical data analysis for the health sciences. Basic techniques of descriptive and inferential statistical methods applied to health related surveys and designed experiments. Populations and samples, parameters and statistics; sampling distributions for hypothesis testing and confidence intervals for means and proportions involving one sample, paired samples and multiple independent samples; odds ratios, risk ratios, simple linear regression. Use of statistical software to facilitate the collection, manipulation, analysis and interpretation of health related data.
Statistical concepts and methods applied to experimental and survey research in the sciences; tests of hypotheses, parametric and rank tests; point estimation and confidence intervals; linear regression; correlation; one-way analysis of variance; contingency tables, chi-square tests.
Simple and multiple linear regression, analysis of covariance, correlation analysis, one-, two- and three-way analysis of variance; multiple comparisons; applications including use of computers; blocking and random effects.
Hypothesis testing when form of population sampled is unknown: rank, sign, chi-square, and slippage tests; Kolmogorov and Smirnov type tests; confidence intervals and bands.
Analysis of categorical count and proportion data. Topics include tests of association in two-way tables; measures of association; Cochran-Mantel-Haenzel tests for 3-way tables; generalized linear models; logistic regression; loglinear models.
Planning experiments so as to minimize error variance and avoid bias; Latin squares; split-plot designs; switch-back or reversal designs; incomplete block designs; efficiency.
Topics may include basic environment and syntax, reading and importing data from files, data manipulation, basic graphics, and built-in and user-defined functions.
Multivariate analysis of variance and covariance; classification and discrimination; principal components and introductory factor analysis; canonical correlation; digital computing procedures applied to data from natural and social sciences.
Design structures; treatment structures; equal and unequal variances; multiple comparisons; unequal subclass numbers; missing cells; interpretation of interaction; variance components; mixed models; split-plot and repeated measures; analysis of covariance; cross-over designs
This course deals with the isolation, identification, enumeration, and characterization of bacteria, yeasts, molds and other microbes associated with foods and food processing. Effects of physical and chemical agents on micro-organisms will be studied. Microbiological problems in food spoilage, food preservation, food fermentation, and food-borne diseases will be discussed.
Laboratory procedures involving isolation, identification, enumeration, and characterization of bacteria, yeasts, molds and other microbes associated with foods and food processing. Two two-hour labs a week.
A comprehensive study of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) System and the Hazard Analysis Risk Based Preventive Controls (HARPC) and thier application in the meat and food industries. Students will meet the training requirements under USDA HACCP and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) for food safety.
The integration of food science knowledge in managing a food processing operation to produce high quality food products.
Multidisciplinary food safety and security perspectives provided by numerous subject matter experts. Topics include food safety policy, ag bioterrorism, border security, animal ID, food defense and site security, risk analysis, crisis communication, epidemiology, HACCP, and more.
Risk assessment principles as applied to biological systems. Exposure and effects characterization in human and animal health and ecological risk assessment. Risk analysis frameworks and regulatory decision-making. Introduction to quantitative methods for risk assessment using epidemiological and distributional analyses. Uncertainty analysis.
Evaluation of control parameters and methodology at critical control points, validating and auditing the effectiveness of critical control points, critical limits, monitoring tools, corrective action procedures, recordkeeping and verification procedures in addressing biological, chemical, and physical hazards that may be present in food products.
Principles of food biotechnology, including introduction of molecular biology and enzyme immobilization. Theory and concepts of current biotechnology trends as it relates to food safety and security issues.
This course explores the topic of regulations associated with animal health product development and manufacturing. Topics for discussion will include an overview of the regulatory affairs process in the U.S. and other countries, drug and vaccine classifications and the approval process, GCP/GLP guidelines, drug and vaccine efficacy and safety testing, human and environmental safety issues, and future challenges and current industry needs.