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University of Rhode Island — Animal & Veterinary Science
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AVS 332 - Animal Diseases
Course Information

Professor: Fred Launer
Semester: Spring
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: AVS 331.

Catalog Description: Specific diseases of avian and mammalian species; etiology, symptoms, and control.

Course Goals & Outcomes

At the completion of this course students will:

  • Be familiar with various diseases common to cattle, swine, goat, poultry, sheep, small animal and exotic animals
  • Have an understanding of the impact that animal diseases can have, not only on our animal population, but also on our human population
Course Syllabus

Class Topics

  • Diseases and disease agents
  • Prevention
  • Biosecurity
  • Zoonoses and current events
  • Cattle diseases
  • Swine diseases
  • Goat diseases
  • Poultry diseases
  • Sheep diseases
  • TSE diseases
  • Horse diseases
  • Small animal diseases
  • Exotics

Grades will be based on the following criteria:

  • 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
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