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Feedlot production management certificate program available to K-State veterinary students

By Levi Wolters


The feedlot production management certificate program at Kansas State University prepares future veterinary medicine graduates with an understanding of the basic functional areas of business management, animal health and how each contributes to effective cattle feeding business operations.

The program is a joint venture among regional cattle producers, private industries and academic and research units at K-State. Based in the department of diagnostic medicine/pathobiology, the program is designed to train students in the management of a modern confinement feeding facility. It is the only such program in the United States. The certificate program has been designed to work seamlessly with the current professional veterinary curriculum.

Kansas feeds more than 6 million head of cattle annually — the largest revenue generator in the state — creating a need for health professionals to have a knowledge base in management associated with the operation of cattle confinement feeding facilities.

On-site training of students accepted into the certificate program occurs at participating feed yards during the summers between academic years one and two and two and three. During the fourth year of the doctor of veterinary medicine curriculum, students have an opportunity to complete an externship with a practicing feedlot consultant in addition to feedlot electives at K-State and the Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center.

The courses selected for the program are intended to enhance a student's educational and career background to the interdisciplinary nature of feedlot management by demonstrating the interrelationship of business administration, veterinary medicine and livestock nutrition in the feeding industry.

Students completing the certificate program will have a wide range of job opportunities, many dealing with a large- or mixed-animal practice.


Winter 2005