The inaugural Florida International Dairy Academy (FIDA), a comprehensive online program from the University of Florida’s animal sciences department, will kick off in January 2022 and educate participants in the latest advances in dairy production and science.
FIDA is designed to address food security through efficient, sustainable and profitable dairy production. The series of courses, led by expert UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) faculty from a few related disciplines, are designed to take students – veterinarians, consultants, industry workers and other dairy professionals – to the forefront of practical knowledge in dairy production. A small number of industry professionals have vetted the courses for relevance and importance to their peers in a recent pilot program.
Participants can register for the individual course(s) that interest them, or enroll in the FIDA Professional Program for a capstone experience with 12 course units to complete. A minimum of three completed core courses are required for graduation from the FIDA Professional Program.
Available coursework topics include:
2-Unit Courses/Core Courses (8 weeks duration)
- Dairy Production Medicine
- Ruminant Nutrition
- Reproduction Management
1-Unit Courses/Electives (4 weeks duration)
- Calf and Heifer Management
- Forages in Tropical/Subtropical Environments
- Lactation Physiology
- Milk Quality
- Thermal Biology
- Vitamins, Minerals, and Additives
- Welfare and Behavior
Courses will be offered at various times throughout the year, and a schedule of course start dates will be available on the FIDA website.
Each course costs $1,000 per unit. This price includes the one-week capstone experience for FIDA Professional Program participants that covers lodging and meal expenses upon arrival in Gainesville, Florida, in addition to meeting with FIDA faculty and other dairy professionals. This capstone experience will occur upon completion of the program.
Register for the inaugural FIDA cohort from Nov. 15 through Dec. 15. Registration for the FIDA professional program occur once per year, so do not miss the chance to learn from experts, network with other industry professionals and gain knowledge that will set you apart from your peers.
Sign up for the FIDA email list at https://tinyurl.com/5x8t65zf for the latest updates, plus you won’t want to miss an exclusive offer for this program’s registration. Learn more about this upcoming program at animal.ifas.ufl.edu/FIDA.