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University of Rhode Island — Animal & Veterinary Science
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AVS 104 - Animal Management Techniques
Course Information

Professor: Fred Launer
Semester: Fall/Spring
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: AVS 101 and AVS 102.

Catalog Description: Lecture and laboratory in the handling skills needed to maintain animal comfort and productivity.

Course Goals & Outcomes

The course will help you achieve the following goals:

  1. To expose students to a wide range of management techniques used on a variety of livestock species
  2. To ensure correct, safe and humane use of tools and techniques
  3. To provide students with hands-on experience that supports the knowledge gained through class lectures and readings
  4. To provide students with one-on-one experience with the university's livestock population
Course Syllabus

Class topics:

  • Beef Cattle
  • Livestock restraint
  • Swine and poultry
  • Sheep
  • Dairy cattle
  • Horses
  • Field trips

Grades will be based on the following criteria:

  • Quizzes
  • Participation
  • Final exam
About The Professor

Fred Launer
Lecturer, Animal Science
University of Rhode Island
Department of Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science
25 Woodward Hall
Kingston, RI 02881
Office: (401)874-9535
Fax: (401)874-7575
Additional Office at Peckham Farm

Fred Launer is a new addition to the Animal Science department. Fred specializes in the area of animal management, handling and disease. He came to the University of Rhode Island after extensive experience as an Animal Health Technician with the USDA and a Veterinary Paramedic with the State of Rhode Island DEM, Division of Agriculture. Fred comes to us with a wealth of knowledge regarding disease prevention, testing and education. Before taking the lecturer position at the University of Rhode Island, Fred has acted as an adjunct and guest lecturer at Tufts Veterinary School and the University of Connecticut, respectively. Students enjoy Fred's interactive style of teaching, his depth of knowledge and his dedication to his students and classes.


  • B. S. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • M. S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
Reasons To Take This Course

"AVS 104 was an amazing course. I was able to get hands on experience working with animals every week, and now I am very comfortable around a variety of animals. It was however, a lot more work outside of class than I expected. " - Kate

"I would advise any Animal Science major pursuing a career in management or veterinary medicine to take this course. It affords valuable exposure and experience for students. Lambing was a wonderful experience for students to help with breeding preparation, participate in parturition and provide necessary care for ewes and their young (tail docking, vaccinations, etc.). " - Lisa

"Definitely take this course! It gives you the opportunity to put to use the knowledge you learn in your lectures. I recommend this class to anyone that plans on going to vet school and anyone else that has an interest in working with large animals. Get involved during classes and take advantage of time outside of class to go down and work with your animals. It really is a lot of fun and you learn at the same time. " - Laura

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