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Large Animal Science

Course Standards

History of Domestication

1) Synthesize research on the history of large animal domestication to produce an informative

essay, including defining and applying industry-specific terminology to classify animals in the

correct taxonomy. Justify the historical uses and roles of domesticated animals, and compare

historical processes of large animal domestication.

Economic, Occupational and Technological Implications

2) Determine the general economic impact of the large animal industry by investigating both

recreational and business implications of large animal domestication through governmental

and news publications. Develop a summary including both graphical representations and

descriptive text to summarize findings.

3) Explore and compare local and regional career opportunities in the large animal industry and

evaluate labor data to predict the employment outlook. Describe in a written or visual

representation the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for a diverse range of careers in

large animal sciences citing specific textual evidence from local job postings and Tennessee

labor data.

4) Accurately maintain an activity recordkeeping system and apply proper financial

recordkeeping skills as they relate to a large animal science supervised agricultural experience

(SAE) program. Demonstrate the ability to summarize records and reports by completing SAE

and related applications.

5) Examine specific technologies that have evolved within the large animal industry (such as, but

not limited to equipment, housing, procedures, and healthcare) and evaluate the economic and societal implications of each.

Personal and Occupational Health and Safety

6) Identify, research, and determine the significance of zoonotic diseases associated with large

animals. Compare and contrast findings from multiple credible sources relating to a specific

disease (including student’s own experience or laboratory experiment, case studies, and

scholarly journals). Justify the use of different methods of infection control in the prevention or

management of a zoonotic disease and evaluate the efficacy of existing large animal

biosecurity measures.

7) Correctly identify and summarize laws and regulations that pertain to large animal health and

safety in an explanatory text, citing specific textual evidence from state and national

legislation. Describe health requirements and necessary documentation for large animal

transportation and change of ownership.

8) Review common laboratory safety procedures for tool and equipment operation in the large

animal laboratories, including but not limited to accident prevention and control procedures.

Demonstrate the ability to follow safety and operational procedures in a lab setting and

complete a safety test with 100 percent accuracy.

9) Demonstrate in a live setting or in a presentation the ability to follow procedures precisely,

attending to special cases or exceptions noted in appropriate materials, and apply them to the

following areas:

a. Animal restraint and handling

b. Techniques for transportation

c. Appropriate use of chemicals (such as pesticide, fungicide, disinfectants)

d. Differentiate between effective methods for handling large animals and methods

proven to be less effective.

Animal Ethics

10) Identify the fundamental philosophies related to animal rights and animal welfare. Compare

the impact of specific persons, organizations, and legislation related to animal rights and

welfare of large animals.

11) Investigate current large animal issues by analyzing an author’s purpose and assessing the

extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a specific text support the author’s claim.

Debate specific issues by forming and supporting claims and counterclaims with specific data and evidence. Issues related to animal rights and animal welfare may include, but are not

limited to:

a. Abuse and/or neglect

b. Environmental implications

c. Consumer product implications

d. Exhibiting and showing

e. Global issues in large animal ethics and their relation to local problems

Nutrition and Digestive Systems

12) Create a visual representation to differentiate between ruminant and non-ruminant animals

and monogastric and polygastric animals, comparing and contrasting their anatomical and

physiological differences. Explain the relationships of digestive system types to the ability of an

animal to digest and absorb different classes of feed.

13) Using information from scholarly journals or Tennessee Extension Service, research nutrient

requirements of the diets of large animals and organize these into various nutrient groups. Differentiate between roughages and concentrates and their nutritional values.

14) Interpret feed labeling and evaluate factors such as life stage and activity level to determine

the nutritional needs and then recommend balance rations for each large animal species,

justifying recommendations with evidence from the text.

15) Diagnose the symptoms of nutritional diseases relevant to large animals and recommend the

appropriate control procedures, citing specific evidence to support recommendations.

Genetics and Reproduction

16) Research and develop illustrative models of the major components of male and female

reproductive systems in large animals and prepare a short narrative to distinguish the function

of reproductive organs, endocrine glands, and hormones. Produce an explanatory essay

comparing the physiological changes that occur across different species during reproductive

phases, including the estrus cycle, fertilization, gestation, parturition and lactation.

17) Using graphical representations and descriptive text, explain how the roles of heritability,

selection intensity, generation interval, and other advanced principles of genetics (such as DNA

testing for disorders) apply to predict gene and trait transfer in large animal species. Principles

include but are not limited to:

a. Economically important traits in production animals (i.e. artificial reproduction

methods)

b. Interpretation and utilization of animal performance records (i.e. Expected Progeny

Difference [EPD])

c. Hybrid vigor

Fundamental Care and Health of Horses

18) Synthesize research on the historical importance of horses, noting major economic, social, and

medical advances impacting domestication. Produce an informational essay or model (such as

a timeline, graphical illustration, or presentation) that formulates comparisons among

different horse breeds and hybrids. Demonstrate conceptual understanding and technical skill

in current practices of comprehensive health care and management for the following:

a. Design appropriate facilities based on assessment of needs and present plans in a visual

format

b. Compare appropriate owner/handler responses to behaviors and instincts to ensure

safety of both handler and animal in a variety of situations

c. Distinguish between clinical signs of proper health and poor health, justifying

explanations with data and evidence

d. Using quantitative reasoning and appropriate units, calculate appropriate rations

based on animal characteristics (age, weight, breed, activity level) and nutritional needs

by creating systems of equations that describe numerical relationships

e. Illustrate the reproductive cycle graphically, and summarize available breeding

methods and current reproductive technologies

f. Research common diseases and parasites and their effects on the health of horses,

and draw evidence from the most recent medical literature to recommend the best prevention or control measures.

Fundamental Care and Health of Cattle

19) Synthesize research on the historical importance of cattle, noting major economic, social, and

medical advances impacting domestication. Produce an informational essay or model (such as

a timeline, graphical illustration, or presentation) that formulates comparisons among

different cattle breeds. Demonstrate conceptual understanding and technical skill in current

practices of comprehensive health care and management for the following:

a. Design appropriate facilities based on assessment of needs and present plans in a

visual format

b. Compare appropriate owner/handler responses to behaviors and instincts to ensure

safety of both handler and animal in a variety of situations

c. Distinguish between clinical signs of proper health and poor health, justifying

explanations with data and evidence

d. Using quantitative reasoning and appropriate units, calculate rations based on animal

characteristics (age, weight, breed, activity level) and nutritional needs by creating

systems of equations that describe numerical relationships

e. Illustrate the reproductive cycle graphically, summarize available breeding method,

and current reproductive technologies

f. Research common diseases and parasites and their effects on the health of cattle, and

draw evidence from the most recent medical literature to recommend the best

prevention or control measures

g. Evaluate the economic implications of livestock management practices (such as dehorning)

Fundamental Care and Health of Sheep and Goats

20) Synthesize research on the historical importance of sheep and goats, noting major economic,

social, and medical advances impacting domestication. Produce an informational essay or

model (such as a timeline, graphical illustration, or presentation) that formulates comparisons

among different sheep and goat breeds. Demonstrate conceptual understanding and

technical skill in current practices of comprehensive health care and management for the

following:

a. Design appropriate facilities based on assessment of needs and present plans in a

visual format

b. Compare appropriate owner/handler responses to behaviors and instincts to ensure

safety of both handler and animal in a variety of situations

c. Distinguish between clinical signs of proper health and poor health, justifying

explanations with data and evidence

d. Using quantitative reasoning and appropriate units, calculate appropriate rations

based on animal characteristics (age, weight, breed, activity level) and nutritional needs

by creating systems of equations that describe numerical relationships

e. Illustrate the reproductive cycle graphically, and summarize available breeding

methods and current reproductive technologies

f. Research common diseases and parasites and their effects on the health of sheep and

goats, and draw evidence from the most recent medical literature to recommend the best prevention or control measures

Fundamental Care and Health of Swine

21) Synthesize research on the historical importance of swine, noting major economic, social, and

medical advances impacting domestication. Produce an informational essay or model (such as

a timeline, graphical illustration, or presentation) that formulates comparisons among

different swine breeds. Demonstrate conceptual understanding and technical skill in current

practices of comprehensive health care and management for the following:

a. Design appropriate facilities based on assessment of needs and present plans in a

visual format

b. Compare appropriate owner/handler responses to behaviors and instincts to ensure

safety of both handler and animal in a variety of situations

c. Distinguish between clinical signs of proper health and poor health, justifying

explanations with data and evidence

d. Using quantitative reasoning and appropriate units, calculate appropriate rations

based on animal characteristics (age, weight, breed, activity level) and nutritional needs

by creating systems of equations that describe numerical relationships

e. Illustrate the reproductive cycle graphically, and summarize available breeding

methods and current reproductive technologies

f. Research common diseases and parasites and their effects on the health of swine, and

draw evidence from the most recent medical literature to recommend the best prevention or control measures

Fundamental Care and Health of Poultry

22) Synthesize research on the historical importance of poultry, noting major economic, social,

and medical advances impacting domestication. Produce an informational essay or model

(such as a timeline, graphical illustration, or presentation) that formulates comparisons among

different poultry breeds. Demonstrate conceptual understanding and technical skill in current

practices of comprehensive health care and management for the following:

a. Design appropriate facilities based on assessment of needs and present plans in a

visual format

b. Compare appropriate owner/handler responses to behaviors and instincts to ensure

safety of both handler and bird in a variety of situations

c. Distinguish between clinical signs of proper health and poor health, justifying

explanations with data and evidence

d. Using quantitative reasoning and appropriate units, calculate appropriate rations

based on bird characteristics (age, weight, breed, activity level) and nutritional needs

by creating systems of equations that describe numerical relationships

e. Illustrate the reproductive cycle graphically, and summarize available breeding

methods and current reproductive technologies

f. Research common diseases and parasites and their effects on the health of poultry,

and draw evidence from the most recent medical literature to recommend the best

prevention or control measures




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