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University of Rhode Island — Animal & Veterinary Science
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AVS 323 - Animal Management I
Course Information

Professor: Fred Launer
Semester: Fall
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: AVS 101.

Catalog Description: Principles of care and management of domesticated ruminant animals including dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, and goats. Emphasis on the production methods of the animal industries. Participation in field trips required.

Course Goals & Outcomes

The main goal of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to gain an understanding of ruminant management.

Course Syllabus

Class Topics

  • Introduction to Ruminant Management
  • What are Ruminants?
  • Beef Cattle Breeds
  • Cow-calf and Feeders
  • Cattle Diseases
  • Dairy Breeds
  • Dairy Cattle Feeding
  • Dairy Herd Health
  • Cattle Reproduction
  • Feeds and Feeding
  • Goat Breeds
  • Goat Herd Management
  • Goat Disease
  • Sheep Breeds
  • Sheep Flock Management
  • Diseases of Sheep
  • Exotics

Grades will be based on the following criteria:

  • Homework
  • Quizzes
  • Mid-term
  • 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

"This course was exactly what I expected. By the end of the course I had a thorough understanding of the animal husbandry of ruminant animals. One of the most positive aspects of the class was the various educational experiences we received. For example, when studying the anatomy and physiology of ruminant animals the professor brought in the abomasum of a cow! I would recommend that all students take this class. By taking this class students gain a sound knowledge of ruminant animals. After acquiring this knowledge students can then apply it to any career in animal science. Furthermore, by taking this class and learning the basic anatomy and physiology of ruminant animals, students will find that they have an easier time learning material in higher level animal science classes. " - Lauren

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