The Food Animal Health & Management Program (FAHM) is a division of the Department of Population Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine. The FAHM group is a small but active group of UGA faculty and staff whose roles are to educate veterinary students, serve the food animal industries of Georgia, assist private veterinary practitioners with investigations of herd health issues, and perform research that will ultimately benefit the Georgia livestock industry. Our group is focused on food animal health and production issues, primarily from a population-based perspective. In order to meet the future needs of the food animal industries, we must uncover new information about the most important diseases and management issues and then convey this information back to the industry and to our veterinary students.
We take pride in, and place a high priority on training tomorrow’s food animal veterinarians; about 40 percent of our assigned efforts are focused on teaching.
Through a combination of classroom-based didactic instruction and on-farm clinical experiences, we expose veterinary students to current concepts in food animal health, management, and economics. The FAHM group works hard to provide quality classroom learning opportunities.
A important point of emphasis for teaching in the FAHM group is the Master of Food Animal Medicine (MFAM) program. This graduate program is a non-thesis degree program with the goal of training graduate veterinarians to play a more productive role in the management of the modern beef and dairy industry.
Students are instructed in the basic sciences involved in disease diagnostics, prevention, and therapy; basic epidemiologic principles for investigating disease outbreaks; the practical aspects of animal husbandry, including the structure and functioning of the beef and dairy industry and the interpretation of on-farm animal health records; and the planning, implementation and analysis of food animal research.
These objectives are accomplished by involving students in formal classroom teaching, laboratory teaching, routine clinical work, field investigations, departmental seminars, clinical rounds, regional seminars, special projects, and externships.
A large portion of teaching is accomplished via on-farm clinical service to our core clients. These client herds provide routine clinical experiences including palpation for pregnancy, calf management, hoof care, and other herd health opportunities.
Our clinical program is focused primarily on both beef and dairy production medicine.
Faculty members work with private and/or corporate farms as well as Department of Corrections facilities in Georgia to provide routine scheduled services and consultative herd visits.
Service work, including farm visits and consultative work, comprises about a third of the group’s assigned time commitment.
The Rose Creek Farm is a University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine resource that is located in Watkinsville, Georgia. This farm is home to our beef cattle herd and also supports a group of horses that are used for teaching purposes. The FAHM program is charged with the management of this valuable resource.
Article written by Emmanuel Rollin, DVM MFAM, Clinical Assistant Professor, Food Animal Health and Management Program College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia
Our FAHM group also performs field investigations of difficult-to-manage cases involving food animals in cooperation with local veterinary practitioners, veterinary diagnostic laboratories, extension personnel, and College of Agriculture personnel. These investigations are designed to help develop effective intervention and control measures to improve the total health management and financial success of Georgia’s livestock operations.
While teaching and service are the two mainstays of the FAHM program, research is also very important to each of the faculty members and accounts for the remaining 25 percent of the group’s assigned time commitment. Much of the group’s research effort is directed at applied work that will benefit the Georgia livestock industry, primarily in the areas of beef and dairy production medicine, but also includes important work in the area of poultry diseases.
Department of Population Health
College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Georgia
Veterinary Medical Center
2200 College Station Road
Athens, Georgia 30602
Angie Royer, M.Ed.