Module 4

Ungulate Diseases and Treatments
October 8 – October 14

Introduction to Module 4
Hopefully you will never see any of the diseases covered in this module in your reindeer herd or any other animal that you are raising. However, as a producer it is critical that you recognize your animals are sick and identity the disease to develop a treatment strategy. A disease left unattended could put you out of business. In this module we get to look at colorful, ghastly pictures of diseases that have infected (or may potentially infect reindeer). At the end of this module you should be able to identify the symptoms of disease in your livestock herd and what type of pathogen is causing the disease. Knowing this will enable you to give your veterinarian valuable information to help with diagnoses and treatment. The information in this module will lead into the following module where we give you the tools to help identify and treat disease.


  1. Describe the transmission, diagnosis, significance and control of major bacterial diseases.
  2. Describe the history, transmission, diagnosis, significance and control of major mycobacterium diseases.
  3. Describe the history, transmission, diagnosis, significance and control of major viral diseases.
  4. Assess zoonotic risk from various infectious ungulate diseases.
Estimated Time to Complete
 Instruction  3 hrs
 Assignments  3 hrs
 Collaboration  2 hrs

Learning Activity

Read Health Issues in Reindeer Herds

Review this table on Reindeer Diseases


Module 4 Quiz Ungulate Diseases
Due October 14th before midnight.

Reflection and Writing

Many diseases and parasites affecting livestock in the “lower 48’ are currently not found in Alaska or at least the Interior of Alaska. Please discuss what environmental factors i.e. climate, are responsible for constraining the occurrence of temperate livestock diseases in Interior Alaska. If the climate of Alaska warms significantly what temperate livestock diseases may show up in Interior Alaska?