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The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine offers two online graduate certificates.

  • Livestock Systems Health
  • Livestock Business Operations

Courses are designed to provide a practical, experiential learning environment based on real-world case studies with individualized feedback from subject matter experts.

Instructor: James F. Lowe, DVM, MS, DABVP (Food Animal)

 

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Graduate Certificates

LSH1:  Livestock Systems Health

The online Livestock Systems Health (LSH) Graduate Certificate is unique in that it forgoes the traditional focus on individual animals by redirecting learners to consider animal health challenges at a population and systems level, with particular focus on the economic and food safety aspects of disease management and prevention. Course material will apply an adapted lean manufacturing model and method tailored for the management of animal health and disease in livestock production systems. The material is designed to provide an in-depth and practical understanding of population and systems-based infectious disease control and management practices and to equip learners with the ability to apply these principles to their own on-the-job decision making.

  • Required courses (7 credit hours)
    • Infectious Disease in Livestock Systems (3 credit hr.) | Available Fall 2019
    • Biosecurity in Swine Systems (4 credit hr.) | Available Fall 2019

 

  • Elective Course (choose one):
    • Respiratory Disease in Swine Systems (3 credit hr.) | Available Spring 2020
    • Enteric Disease in Swine Systems (3 credit hr.) | Available Spring 2020
    • Reproductive Disease in Swine Systems (3 credit hr.) | Available Spring 2020

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Program Cost:

$297/credit hour

Total for certificate program: $2,970

 

Time Commitment:

24 course weeks

The online graduate certificate requires three courses (minimum of 9 graduate credit hours) consisting of two required courses and one disease elective. The graduate certificate program will take 24 course weeks to complete, requiring approximately 9 hours of work each week. Each course lasts 8 weeks and all material is presented in an asynchronous format with the opportunity to participate in live (online) sessions with the instructor.

 

Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

 

LSH2: Livestock Business Operations

The online Livestock Business Operations graduate certificate focuses on introducing business principles applied to livestock production operations. Learners will be presented with foundational business knowledge that will enable them to efficiently and effectively run a livestock production business. Learners will be given the opportunity to apply that knowledge to their current on-the-job decision making. Courses will be case study driven, providing a practical and highly engaging application environment.

 

  • Introduction to Livestock Business Strategy (3 credit hr.) |Available Fall 2019
  • Livestock Financial Management (3 credit hr.) | Available Spring 2020
  • Livestock Business Operations (3 credit hr.) | Available Spring 2020

 

Program Cost:

$297/credit hour

Total for certificate program: $2,673

 

Time Commitment:

24 course weeks

The online graduate certificate consists of three courses with a minimum of 9 graduate credit hours. The whole graduate certificate program will take 24 course weeks to complete, requiring approximately 9 hours of work each week. Each course lasts 8 weeks and all material is presented in an asynchronous format with the opportunity to participate in live (online) sessions with the instructor.

 

Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent

 

 

 

Dr. Jim Lowe looking off into a production barn

James F. Lowe, DVM, MS, DABVP (Food Animal)

Dr. Lowe’s practical experience in teaching, consulting, and managing pork production systems brings a pragmatic, get-it-done perspective to practical business problems.