Elective Module F: Immunology, Genomics, and Practice-Building

The next module of the Dairy Production Medicine Certificate Program hosted by Penn State Veterinary Extension & Research will be held in State College, Pennsylvania from 9:00AM Thursday July 27 through noon on Saturday, July 29, 2017. This module is an elective module for the registered DPM participants and is open to veterinarians not enrolled in the DPM program.

"Elective F" Module Description:

Day 1: Vaccines, vaccination and immunology: Dr. Chris Chase, veterinary immunologist from South Dakota State University, will present information, and lead interactive sessions throughout the day. At the end of these sessions attendees will be more confident in their ability to make sound decisions and recommendations on effective vaccination strategies and programs in their clients’ herds.

Day 2 & 3: Genomics – What is it and how can I use it? Drs. Joe Dalton (U Idaho), Albert De Vries (UFL), Dale Moore (WSU) and Dan Weigel (Zoetis) will use recent genomic data results data from the DPM Case Farm to show the usefulness and power of these now readily available tests. At the end of these sessions, attendees will have a better understanding of the use of this tool, as well as how to incorporate the use of genomic testing into the portfolio of services they can offer to their clients.

Day 2: Strategic Practice and Personal Management: Many times we focus on what we can provide, and even assume our clients will be just as enthused as we are when we arrive on the scene with a bright shiny object (latest veterinary technology). Dr. David Welch will challenge you during his interactive workshop to look at what your clients need and want in a way that will benefit your clients and improve both your profitability as well as your clients' profitability.

Day 2: Excel® for dummies…and others: This evening session, led by Ms. Dare Shepherd, is intended for people who have very limited Excel skills, as well as the spreadsheet aficionados in the group. Bring along animal health records or other information you’d like to analyze, evaluate, summarize, tabulate or chart…or we can provide some for you. At the end of this session attendees will feel at least a bit more confident in their ability to look at and interpret data in Excel®.

In addition, there will be some entertainment and time to relax as a group, and plenty of scrumptious food. You don’t want to miss this module!

Attendance at the complete module will count for 16 hours of approved Veterinary CE.

Previous DPM alums are offered a reduced registration fee for the program. Please see for additional details. 

Questions pertaining to registration for the module can be directed to Louise Byler ( or 814-863-2160).

For more information regarding the content of the module, please contact Ernest Hovingh ().