Northern College Dairy Cattle Microcredential

April 9, 2024

This micro-credential was designed by Dr. Ray Reynan (past President of the Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners and Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners) and Wayne Shewfelt (past President of Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners) and former winner of the prestigious American Association of Bovine Practitioners Dairy Veterinary of the Year Award.

Successful candidates will be able to function independently and confidently as part of a veterinary service delivery team.
These micro-credentials are offered online with farm school assessments in Haileybury, Ontario or other locations. Micro-credentials are an ideal option for achieving badges of completion for professional development that can also be placed in LinkedIn accounts.


Modules include:

Learn about herd and animal behavior, handle cattle with personal safety,and in a way that minimizes animal stress.

Dairy Industry
This module will introduce the structure of the supply management system for dairy production, including an introduction to how milk checks are calculated and managed by producers.

Life of a Diary Cow
Review the life cycle of a dairy cow from birth to herd removal. Particular focus on the impacts and assessment of the cow environment, from stall design to ventilation.

Udder Health/Milk Quality and Mastitis
Gain techniques to troubleshoot milk quality issues from the collection of farm data, cleanliness, and aseptic samples.

Reproduction/Manipulation of Cycles and Breeding
This unit explores the reproductive physiology of the modern dairy cow, including breeding synchronization protocols, use of computer software in tracking herd reproductive performance, and the role of technicians in both data entry and report preparation for dairy veterinarians.

This module explores shaker boxes, audits, evaluating feed samples, and reading a feed tag.

Transition Cow Management
Learn to use various computer software and monitoring programs in detection of transition cow disorders. Formally capture
herd data such as body condition scoring and BHB sampling to assist in in this capacity.

Dairy Software
Learn to run Dairycomp software. Prepare and interpret reports on milk production, reproduction, and health events.

Dairy Medications
Review basic protocols, reporting requirements, and safety procedures to administer treatments and vaccination programs at a herd level.

Health Management
Learn about common issues encountered in Canadian dairies, and the role of the technician in data collection, treatment, and monitoring for pathogens.

Hoof Health and Lameness
Develop skill in lameness evaluation and recording, as well as assessment of current farm hoof health protocols. Environmental and nutritional contributions will also be discussed.

Cost: $1895

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