FINAL-year vet students recently received global pig health training from Dr John Carr at James Cook University.
Their final-year introduction to population medicine particularly includes training in foreign disease awareness,
now acutely important with African swine fever on our doorstep. But the course goes from animal handling and sample collection to the real economics of pig farming and maintaining animal health within minimal antibiotic use through batch management.
The students are trained in the use of equipment to monitor the health of pigs and their environment. The use of infrared technology always provides for a unique photo opportunity, but the real advantages are seen when asked to assess the farrowing heat mat or looking for pigs in the hospital pen with a high temperature.
Keep an eye on future editions of Australian Pork Newspaper for more updates from Dr John Carr.