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VT306 Large Animal Medicine and Management: Rules for Constructive Controversy

VT306 Production Animal Management Debate

VT306 Large Animal Medicine and Management

Poster Presentation Guidelines

Fall 2016

  • Each group will choose a general topic.
  • Each member of the group must research their section of the presentation, and hand in a hard copy of their work on the day of the presentation.
  • Members of the group will combine their findings into a single poster format (see below).
  • Each poster presentation will be 5-7 minutes in length, and both members of the group will be expected to participate in the oral presentation.
  • Research guidelines:
    • Consult with the library when conducting a literature search of your topic (Mount Ida Research Guides, “Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Technology” section,
    • You must use at least three sources in your presentation
  • Properly cite all references in APA format and include this on the poster itself.
  • Poster guidelines:
  • Posters must be no larger than 36” x 48”.  You may use Power Point to help design your poster.  Set page size to your final poster size.  Other programs are Abobe InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop.
  • Use large text (at least 18-24 pt); headings 30-60 pt; title >72 pt.  Important information should be readable from about 10 feet away.
  • Use fonts that are easy to read (e.g. Times New Roman, Arial, Helvetica)
  • Avoid jagged edges: left justify text with text boxes or fully justify blocks of text.
  • Avoid too much text (no more than 800 words).
  • Choose colors carefully, pay attention to contrast.  Dark print on light background is best. 
  • Organize and align content with columns, sections, headings, and blocks of text.
  • Empty space is important between sections, columns, headings and blocks of text.
  • Be selective with charts, graphs, photos from primary sources.
  • Use high resolution images (at least 300 ppi)
  • Edit carefully for typos and grammatical errors
  • Your poster should be formatted with the following sections:
    • Title/presenters
    • Topic/question/issue
    • Objectives
    • Findings/results
    • Conclusion/Discussion
    • References (literature, works, sources and images cited)

Rules for Constructive Controversy

        Rules for Constructive Controversy

              1. Focus on coming to the best decision possible, not on winning.

              2. Be critical of ideas, not people. Challenge and refute the ideas of the opposing group, but do not reject the students personally.                   

              3. Separate your personal worth from criticism of your ideas.

              4. Listen to everyone’s ideas, even if you do not agree with them.      

              5. Be able to differentiate the differences between positions before attempting to integrate ideas.

              6. Be able to take the opposing perspective in order to understand the opposing position. Try to understand both sides of the issue.

              7. Change your mind when evidence clearly indicates that you should.

              8. Paraphrase what someone has said if it is not clear.

              9.  Emphasize rationality in seeking the best possible answer, given the available data.

             10. Follow the golden rule of conflict: act towards your opponents as you would have them act toward you. If you want people to listen to you, then listen to them. If you want others to include your ideas in their thinking, then include their ideas in your thinking. If you want others to take your perspective, take their perspective.


  1. Antiparasitic resistance in grazing domestic animals
  2. Veterinary Feed Directive
  3. Antimicrobial use in Food Producing Animals
    1. Use of therapeutic antimicrobials in dairy cattle
    2. Use of growth promoter antimicrobials in food producing animals
  4. Use of recombinant Bovine Somatotropic (rBST) in dairy cattle
  5. Parelaphostrongylus tenuis in domestic large animals
  6. Horse slaughter
  7. Raw milk consumption in the United States
  8. PEDV (Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (see )
  9. Deworming strategies in horses: historical and current recommendations
  10. Housing strategies in swine production
  11. These are other ideas I have, based partly on a brief review of articles in the last few years of JAVMA:
  12. Catastrophic musculoskeletal injuries in racing horses
  13. Laparoscopy in horses
  14. Streptococcus equi subsp. equi infections
  15. (Some topic on) Pot-bellied pigs?
  16. Eimeria macusaniensis in camelids
  17. Calfhood respiratory disease complex
  18. Sarcoids in horses
  19. EEE in the horse and other species
  20. Soring in horses:  What is it and what has been done to prevent it? (Horse Protection Act)
  21. Training and/or Environmental enrichment for pot-bellied pigs (why is this important?)
  22. Performance “enhancing” drugs in performance horses (what is used/how/why?, testing, oversight)
  23. Feral swine in the US: threats/risks?
  24. The plight of America’s wild horses and burros