Pig medicine for practising vets: an exercise in population medicine

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Abstract

This article explores the skillset required by a veterinary surgeon when dealing with population medicine problems in pigs. As with any clinical examination, the clinician needs to adopt a systematic approach. A systematic, consistent and disciplined approach to population medicine is essential to allow a veterinary clinician to form an objective assessment of the enterprise and, thereby, ensure that the health, welfare and wellbeing of the animals, stockpersons, farmers and owners are optimised. To illustrate the approach, this article focuses on six areas: biosecurity, animal flow, medicine controls, environmental medicine (water, food, floor and air), the animals themselves, and the people working with and caring for the animals.

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