Management of the transition dairy cow involves care of the pregnant cow from approximately one month pre-partum until about 60 days post-partum when the cow is at or near peak production in the lactation cycle. This course addresses management and monitoring at the herd level as well as at the individual cow level. Recognizing dystocias and abnormalities, calving procedures, fresh cow physical examinations and post calving metabolic disorders and infectious diseases will be discussed. Labs will allow students to perform routine tasks including physical exams, body condition scoring, udder evaluations, collection of milk and blood samples, administration of supportive medications via oral, intramuscular, subcutaneous and intravenous routes. The use of record-keeping systems, protocols and tracking tools will also be included in lectures and labs.