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Milk Quality Online Course

Online Course

The Milk Quality Online Course covers basic milk quality, milking parlor and mastitis management principles lead by Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS).


  • What is Mastitis?
    • Impact of mastitis causing organism on the cow
    • Gram negative vs. gram positive
  • Assessing and Controlling Teat End Health
  • Cow Environment
    • Dry cow housing, stall bedding and hygiene
    • Sample collection technique
  • Udder Hygiene, Milking Routine, and Unit Alignment Influence on Milking Performance and Mastitis
  • Using Test Day Data SCC, CMT, and DC305 to Manage Milk Quality
  • Considerations for Cows with Mastitis
  • Dry Cow Therapy & Pathogen Based Treatment


PRO-DAIRY is proud to partner with the faculty and staff from Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences to teach this course.

  • Dr. Paolo Moroni, DVM, PhD
  • Dr. Daryl Nydam, DVM, PhD
  • Dr. Anja Sipka, DVM, PhD
  • Dr. Paul Virkler, DVM
  • Dr. Rick Watters, DVM, PhD
  • Dr. Matthias Wieland, DVM
  • Dr. Mike Zurakowski, DVM

Who Should Attend?

This course is intended for dairy business on-farm personnel (owner or employee) who are seeking to increase their knowledge of milk quality management. Participants should possess a formal or informal background in dairy cattle management, but not necessarily in milk quality.

The course is ideal for individuals who:

  • have been working with dairy cows and are looking to increase your knowledge of milk quality and mastitis management
  • have had some formal training or course work but want a refresher on milk quality
  • have been working with the farm on milk quality goals but want to know more about the how, what and why
  • have wanted to improve the milk quality of a herd but need to know where to start
  • have wanted to increase the skills provided to the farm or farm employer

How It Works

This course is offered online using the web-based platform, Moodle.  From the comfort of your home or office, watch pre-recorded presentations on your own schedule. 

The On-Demand course format includes recorded video lectures and weekly quizzes. You may begin the course at any time and complete cousework on your own schedule.  Once you have enrolled in the course, you have 6 months to complete.

Presentations for each topic are pre-recorded and are accessible whenever is convenient to the participant.   Quizzes are integrated to reinforce concepts of each presentation.

Course Platform and Technology Requirements

This online course is offered using Moodle, an easy-to-use online interface viewed on your personal computer’s web browser. You will receive information on how to access this system after registering online.

Presentations for each topic are pre-recorded and are accessible whenever is convenient to the participant. An optional live Q & A session with presenters is held on Thursdays each week via an online webinar. These sessions are also recorded and posted in the classroom for those unable to participate at the scheduled time.

Corresponding assignments are due each week. To get the most out of the experience, you should expect to spend approximately two hours per week on the lessons and assignments.


We recommend that you use a computer with a DSL or cable modem connection, or a mobile device with a fast connection. Satellite connection is also feasible, but may be unpredictable when participating in webinars. Zoom offers additional recommendations relative to internet bandwidth.  Lack of high-speed internet at your home doesn't necessarily preclude participation – participants can join the weekly webinar from their local library or from a friend’s home.


Special software for the course is not required, beyond an internet browser (Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, Opera, etc.) and a small free download you will be automatically prompted to complete to access webinars on Zoom. It is helpful, but not strictly necessary, to have Microsoft Office (for Word and Excel documents). Your instructor can provide other options if you don’t have Office.


You DO need to have functioning speakers for the webinars but DO NOT need to have a headset or video camera. You should be familiar with the functions of your computer and with browsing the internet. The more comfortable you are with new technology and distance learning, the more you will get out of the course.


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. If accommodations are needed to participate or fully access content, please contact Heather Darrow at hh96 [at]

For More Information

Heather Darrow
Conference Coordinator (registration questions)
dmconf [at]

Kathy Barrett
Course Coordinator
kfb3 [at]

Rob Lynch
Course Coordinator
rlynch [at]