University of Wisconsin-River Falls

2010 Agricultural Technology Contest

March 27, 2010

Small Animals

 

 

Contest Description and Rules:

Please direct questions to:

Amanda Haase
amanda.haase@uwrf.edu

 

This contest is designed to assess student knowledge, application, analytical and evaluation abilities, in the area of small animal care, veterinary skills, and per store management. Four students per team will be allowed to compete in the contest. Each member of the team will complete the contest individually. The top two scores on the team will constitute a team score.

The contest will cover the following species.

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Birds
  • Fish

 

Written Test

Twenty-five multiple choice questions worth 2 points per question.
Overall Topics include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Diseases and Parasites
  • Breeding and Genetics
  • Breeds and Grooming
  • Housing and Management

LISTING OF TOPIC AREAS FOR WRITTEN EXAM

  • ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY
    • Skeletal
      • Avian
      • Mammalian
      • Fish
    • Muscles
      • Major types and locations
      • Physiology and functions
    • Digestion
      • Parts and how they function
      • Comparison between species
    • Skin
      • Glands
      • Layers/Attachments
      • Hair/Claws
    • Reproduction
      • Parts and how they function
      • Comparisons of male and female
      • Comparisons between species
      • Gestation, Parturition, Litter size, Estrus Cycles
    • Nervous System
      • Components and how they work
      • Sense organs - How they work (eyes, nose, mouth, ears)
      • Comparison between species
    • Circulatory System
      • Arteries, Veins, Capillaries
      • Blood Composition
    • Lymph System
      • Location
      • Functions
    • Respiratory System
      • Parts and how they functions
      • Air exchange
  • NUTRITION AND FEEDING:
    • Classes
      • Uses/functions
      • Sources
    • Diets
      • Growth
      • Maintenance
      • Working/Active
      • Geriatric
      • Reducing
    • Digestibility
      • Comparison of feeds
    • Specific Diets
      • Components
      • Quality
      • Quantity
    • Food Labels
      • Comparative
      • Composition
      • Ingredients
    • Costs of Food
    • Math computations involving feeding
    • Label Reading of pet foods

 

  • DISEASES AND PARASITES
    • Causes
    • Treatments/cures
    • Prevention
    • Listing of Specific Diseases and Parasites
    • DOGS
      • Colic
      • Roundworm
      • Parvo
      • Tapeworm
      • Distemper
      • Flea Tapeworm
      • Rabies
      • Hydatid
      • Hepatitis
      • Whipworm
      • Kennel Cough
      • Heartworm
      • Leptospirosis
      • Tick
      • Ringworm
      • Fleas
      • Hookworm
      • Mites (Mange)
    • CATS
      • Leukemia
      • Ringworm
      • Toxoplasmosis
      • Roundworm
      • Rabies
      • Hookworm
      • Distemper
      • Tapeworm
      • FVR
      • Lungworm
      • Feline calicivirus
      • Fleas
      • Feline chlamydiosis
      • Mites
    • FISH
      • Bacterial infection
      • Velvet disease
      • Fungal infection
      • Anchorworm
      • Popeye
      • Flukes
      • Ich
      • Lice
    • BIRDS
      • Alopecia
      • Mites
      • Moult
      • Roundworm
      • Lice
      • Threadworm
  • REPRODUCTION AND GENETICS
    • Meiosis
    • Mitosis
    • Heritability
    • In crossbreeding
    • Line crossbreeding
    • Out crossing
    • Crossbreeding
    • Mendelian Genetics/Genetic Applications
  • GROOMING &BREEDS
    • Categories
    • Length/height measurement
    • Uses
    • Traits
    • Unique Features
    • Care of specific breeds
    • Commonality
    • Grooming procedures
    • Markings
    • Tools
  • HOUSING AND MANAGEMENT
    • Housing
    • Environmental Needs
    • First Aid

Identification

Identification of Breeds, families, or parasites worth 1 point per question. Photos, paintings, or live specimens may be used as samples. The number of samples from each category will be:

  • Dogs               10
  • Cats                10
  • Birds                5
  • Fish                  5
  • Parasites         4

DOGS:

 

Afghan Hound  English Springer Spaniel  Pointer
Basset Hound German Shepherd   Pomeranian
Beagle  Golden Retriever Poodle
Brittany Spaniel  Great Dane Rottweiler
Chihuahua Irish Setter Schnauzer
Chow Chow Keeshond Shetland Sheepdog
Cocker Spaniel Labrador Retriever Shih Tzu
Collie Lhasa Apso Siberian Husky
Daschund  Old English Sheepdog St. Bernard
Doberman Pinscher Pekingese Yorkshire Terrier

  CATS:

Abyssinian British Shorthair Maine Coon Cat
Russian Blue American Shorthair  Burmese
Manx Scottish Fold Balinese
Chartreux Norwegian Forest Cat Siamese
Birman  Colorpoint Shorthair Oriental Shorthair
Somali Bombay  Havana Brown
Persian Turkish Angora  

TROPICAL FISH:

Angel  Suckermouth Catfish  Dwarf Gourami
Platy  Tiger Barb Banded Cichlid
Pearl Gourami Redtail Shark Beta
Zebra Danio Guppy Swordtail
Glass Catfish Comet Goldfish Mollie
Bleeding Heart Tetra Mailed Catfish  Fantail Goldfish
Piranhas Cardinal Tetra    

BIRDS:

Canary  Cockatiel Cockatoo
Conure Finch  Lorrie
Lovebird    Macaw Parakeet
Parrot    

PARASITES

Anchorworm Roundworm Hydatid
Flukes Threadworm Lungworm
Hookworm Whipworm Ringworm
Lice Fleas Tapeworm
Mites Heartworm Tick

                                                   

Problem Solving Practicum

The contest will consist of 5 math problems that will follow the general format of the following examples. Each question will be worth 10 points.

Each question should be presented to the contestant in a format that allows room to complete their written computations on the same paper as the question is stated. In grading the question, the evaluator will allow for partial credit (5 points max) if the answer is wrong but the contestant has adequately shown and labeled their work.

For each problem place your answer on the line provided after each question. Calculators are allowed. Be sure to write and label all computations in the space provided. Up to 5 points of partial credit will be given if the answer on the blank is wrong but the contestant has adequately shown and labeled their work.

Note: The computations in parenthesis are the answers.

Example A:
You want to have a two-week supply of dog food. Your dog eats 15 lbs. of dog food per day. What are the minimum pounds of dog food you need to buy to meet these requirements?
Answer _______________________ (10 points)
(14 x 1.5 = 21)
Show and label your work:

Example B:
Feline delight costs $3.00 for an eight-ounce can. If you feed two cans per day, how much will you spend in one year?
Answer:___________ (10 points)
(3 x 2 x 365 = $2,190)
Show and label your work:

Example C:
Puddy Tat Vitamin Supplements cost $15.00 for a 16 oz bottle. If you give your cat 1/4 ounce per day, how many days will that bottle last?
Answer:__________ (10 points)
(16 x 4 = 64)
Show and label your work:

Example D:
You buy a 25 Ib. bag of dog food at the feed store for $7.00. Your dog will eat two eight oz servings per day. How much is it costing you per day to feed the dog?
Answer: _________ (7 points)
       (2 x 1/2 Ib. = 1 lb./day; $7 00/ 25 lbs = $0.28/lb.; 1 lb./day x $0.28/lb = $0.28 lb./day)
Show and label your work:
How many days will the bag last?
Answer: _________ (3 points)
(25 lb/1 lb. per day = 25 days)
Show and label your work:

Example E:
You buy a five-pound bag of dog food for $3.00. Your dog eats two eight-ounce servings per day. How many bags must you buy in one year?
Answer: _________ (7 points)
27.11 11/01
(2 x 8 oz.= 16 oz=1 Ib.; 5 lb bag/1lb/day=5 days/bag;
365 days/year/5 days/bag= 73 bags)
Show and label your work:
What is the annual cost?
Answer: ______________ (3 points)
(73 bags/year x $3.00/bag = $219/year)
Show and label your work:

Example F:
You have a 20-gallon aquarium and you want to select an aquarium stand that will support the aquarium when completely full and operating. You are given the following information:
-Aquarium will contain 20 gallons of water
-Gravel in the bottom will weigh 15 pounds
-Fish will weigh 1 pound
-Heater, filter, and light will weigh a total of 3 pounds
-Density of water is 8 lb./gallon
What is the minimum weight that the aquarium stand must be able to support?
Answer: ___________ (10 points)
(20 gal x 8 lb./gal = 160 pounds; 160 + 15 +1 + 3 = 179 pounds)
Show and label your work:

Example G:
You work for Pet World and a customer purchases the following items. You must calculate the total cost for each item, the appropriate sales tax, and the total amount of the bill.
Qty Description Price/ unit Cost
1 Fish Tank $55.00 ($55.00) (1 pt)
1 Container of Fish Food $5.65 ($5.65) (1 pt)
2 Gourami Fish $4.95 ($990) (1 pt)
3 Tank Decorations $3.17 ($9.51) (1 pt)
1 Bottle of Water Conditioner $3.79 ($3.79) (1 pt)
7 Goldfish $ .47 ($3.29) (1 pt)
SUBTOTAL ($87.14) (1 pt)
TAX (assume 6 %) ($5.23) (2pt)
TOTAL ($92.37) (1 pt)

Example H:
You have four different sized bags of Woofer’s dog food. Which of the following bags is the most economical (lowest cost per pound)?
Bag Weight Cost
BAG A 2.5 lb. $4.00
BAG B 1.0 Ib. $2.00
BAG C 2.0 lb. $1.50
BAG D 3.5 Ib. $1.71
Answer:__________ (10 points)
(A=1.6; B=2.0; C= .75; D= .49)
27.12 11/01
Show and label your work:

Example I:
You have the following choices of dog food:
Bag Price Weight Percent Protein
BAG A $5.00 5.00 lb. 15% (5 x .15 = .75; $5.75=6.67)
BAG B $6.75 5.00 Ib. 19% (5 x .19=.95; $6.75/.95=7.11)
BAG C $7.50 5.00 lb. 23% (5 x .23 = 1.15; $7.50/1.15 = 6.52)
BAG D $8.25 5.00 lb. 25% (5x.25=1.25;$8.25/1.25=6.60)
Which bag is the cheapest cost per pound of protein?
Answer ____________ (10 points)
Show and label your work:

Example J:
You have the following choices of dog food:
Bag Price Weight Percent Moisture
BAG A $5.00 2.00 lb. 50% (5/2=2.5; 2.5/.5=5)
BAG B $10.00 5.00 Ib. 20% (10/5=2; 2/.8 = 2.5)
BAG C $13.00 10.00 lb. 75% (13/10=1.3; 1.3/.25=5.2)
BAG D $20.00 13.00 Ib. 40% (20/13=1.54; 1.54/.6=2.56)
Which of the above is the cheapest per pound of dry pet food?
Answer: _______________ (10 points)
Show and label your work:

 

Suggested Reference List

DOGS

    • Guide to Dogs Simon & Schuster
    • Genetics for Dog Breeders Hutt
    • Stone Guide for Dog Grooming Howell Book House
    • Where to Buy, Board, or Train a Dog Gaines
    • Pet Care Reports Ralston Purina
    • “A dog’s life” (pamphlets) Alpo
    • (pamphlets) IAMS, Gaines
    • Bench & Field, Science Diet
    • The Complete Dog Book AKC
    • Dogs-General Information AKC, Bench & Field,
    • First Aid for Your Dog Barrons
    • The New Dog Handbook Barrons
    • The Dog Owner’s Encyclopedia
    • of Veterinary Medicine TFH Publications
    • The Dog Owner’s Home Vet Handbook Howell Book House

CATS

    • Guide to Cats Simon & Schuster
    • Pet Care Reports (pamphlets) Ralston Purina
    • (pamphlets) Cat Fancier’s Association
    • First Aid for your Cat Barrons
    • The New Cat Handbook Barrons
    • The Cat Owner’s Encyclopedia
    • of Veterinary Medicine TFH Publications
    • Harpers Illustrated Handbook of Cats Harpers
    • The Cat Owner’s Home Vet Handbook Howell Book House

BIRDS

    • Guide to Birds of the World Simon & Schuster
    • The New Bird Handbook Barrons
    • (Books on specific families) Barrons

FISH

    • Guide to Freshwater and Marine
    • Aquarium Fishes Simon & Schuster
    • Carolina’s Freshwater Aquarium Handbook Carolina Biological Supply
    • The New Aquarium Handbook Barrons
    • (Books on specific families) Barrons
    • A step-by-step guide to setting up an aquarium TFH

ANIMAL BIOLOGY

    • Agriscience, Cooper Delmar
    • The Merck Veterinary Manual Merck and Co.
    • College Zoology, Karl A Stiles Macmillan
    • Zoology Coloring Book, Lawrence Elson Harper & Row
    • Veterinary Technician in Small Animal Practice,
    • Intravatrolo & Richardson Burgess
    • Animal Nutrition and Feeding, Gillespie Delmar

GENERAL

    • Video-
    • Guide to American Pedigreed Cats, Cat Fanciers Association, Inc.
    • A Video Guide to Successful Cat Care, Dr. Michael Fox
    • Slide/Tape-
    • Small Animal Care -Cats
    • -Dogs
    • -Breeds of Dogs
    • Vocational Education Productions
    • Feeding and Care of Dogs, VAS 1062
    • Pet Loss and Human Bereavement, Kay & Nieburg
    • Pet Shop—Entrepreneur Magazine-”How To”series - Business Guide C1007
    • MAGAZINES
      • Aquarium
      • Bird Talk
      • Cat Fancy
      • Dog Fancy
      • Pet-Age
    • WALL POSTERS
      • “The Wonderful World of Cats”, Quaker Professional Services
      • Gaines Dog Chart, Gaines Dog Care Center
      • 27.9 11/01

More reference materials (publishing and businesses and suppliers)

  • The Alpo Pet Center
  • Hill’s Science Diet
  • The American Kennel Club
  • The IAMS Company
  • Barron’s Educational Series
  • Merck & Co, Inc
  • Bench and Field
  • Martin’s Feed Mills, Inc
  • Quaker Professional Services
  • Carolina Biological Supply Company
  • Ralston Purina Co
  • Pet Information Center
  • Cat Fanciers Association
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Delmar Publishers
  • T F H Publications
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Vocational Agriculture Service
  • Gaines Dog Care Center
  • Vocational Education Productions
  • Howell Book House, Inc
  • California Polytechnic State University

 

 

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