Principles and Applications of Genetics and Genomics to Improve Animal Health

Registration will be available in Spring 2017.

Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is deeply affecting the US and global swine industries. PRRS virus is commonly managed on farms through both immunization protocols to decrease the impact of the disease, and biosecurity measures to prevent the introduction of new strains. However, there are limitations to these control actions.

Genetics is a fast-evolving field, and it can become challenging for a swine professional to stay current on all the advances made on a daily basis. Furthermore, genetic selection programs are complex and require a comprehensive understanding of the methods and strategies employed by breeding stock companies to deliver genetic improvement.

The University of Minnesota and Iowa State University have developed this online course centered on educating animal health professionals on genetic selection programs, from concepts to genetic improvement of health with a focus on PRRS control.

Who Should Participate in this Course

Veterinary and graduate students; animal health professionals; veterinarians, and other professionals working in swine production and animal health management; geneticists, immunologists, research and industry veterinarians, and international research partners.

Course Participants Will:

  • identify the various concepts and strategies involved in genetic selection and be able to apply those concepts to disease resistance and health improvement;
  • evaluate the impact that genetic selection has on disease epidemiology and pathogen evolution;
  • apply the application of these concepts to the PRRS virus.

Sponsored by

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Funded by

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