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Participants in an ERL Short Course on Reproduction Management
CSU's Equine Reproduction continuing education short courses offer a unique blend of hands-on laboratory experience and classroom instruction. Courses are designed for horse owners and breeders. Equine veterinarians and equine veterinary students also find these courses valuable. With over 40 years of experience and 300 attendees world-wide, the CSU Equine Laboratory is an invaluable resources for the equine industry.​​​​​​​​
Equine Reproduction Continuing Education - Short Courses


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 Registration Contact:

​Short Course Coordinator
Equine Reproduction Laboratory
Colorado State University
3101 Rampart Road
Fort Collins, CO  80523-1693
Phone: (970) 491-8626
Fax: (970) 491-7005
Email: Short Course Coordinator
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Sound knowledge and hands-on experience are two keys to success in the equine breeding industry. The CSU ERL faculty is always applying their research and updating ERL short courses to include the very latest in successful breeding techniques. Horse owner continuing education short courses at the CSU Equine Reproduction Laboratory offer an in-depth education on reproductive management of stallions, mares and foals, and hands-on experience in semen collection, artificial insemination and newborn foal care. CSU ERL courses offer horse owners unique opportunities to collect and evaluate semen, prepare insemination doses, and inseminate mares under the guidance of world-class faculty. Participants gain invaluable diagnostic and intervention skills in obstetrics.

Equine Reproductive Management: Stallion, Mare, and Newborn Foal

Date: January 2019 TBD
Course Description: The flagship course of the program is designed for horse owners and breeders to increase the efficiency and ultimately the success of their breeding programs. The course includes 20 hours of classroom instruction covering:
  • Anatomy and physiology of the stallion genital tract,
  • Semen collection and evaluation,
  • Anatomy and physiology of the mare,
  • Principles of artificial insemination,
  • Use of cooled-transported semen,
  • Hormonal control of the estrous cycle,
  • Breeding management with fresh, cooled or frozen semen;
  • Evaluation of the problem (infertile) mare;
  • Principles of pregnancy diagnosis and management of twins;
  • Care of the pregnant, foaling, and postpartum mare;
  • Complications of pregnancy;
  • Prediction of foaling;
  • Proper on-farm methods to assist with delivery of foals
  • Indications to call for veterinary assistance with a difficult foaling,
  • Routine care and medical problems of the newborn foal,
  • Care of the orphan foal.
15 hours of experiential hands-on training with leading faculty in:
  • Semen collection and evaluation,
  • Artificial insemination,
  • Preparation and use of cooled-transported semen,
  • Reproductive evaluation of the mare,
  • Techniques for prediction of foaling,
  • On-farm obstetrical procedures,
  • Placental evaluation,
  • Assessment of colostrum quality and passive transfer of antibodies,
  • Foal resuscitation
Palpation and ultrasound examination of mares will not be taught in this course.

Equine Oocyte Collection, Handling and Shipping (for veterinarians only)

Date: Dates TBD
Course Description: Lectures will cover the basics of oocyte collection from live mares and excised ovaries, identification and handling of oocytes, and packaging oocytes and ovaries for shipment. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and ICSI-produced embryos will be discussed. Laboratory sessions will include demonstrations of oocyte collections from live mares. Participants will collect oocytes from excised ovaries for oocyte identification and handling, as well as practice packaging oocytes and ovaries for shipment. Note: Participants will not be performing ICSI or collecting oocytes from live mares.​​

Foaling, Dystocia and Care of the Newborn Foal

Date: Dates TBD
Course Description: Foaling is a critical and sometimes problematic event and represents the culmination of an entire year or more of effort and expense to obtain a live healthy foal. It is important that horse owners, managers and foaling attendants know the basics of foaling, how to recognize a ​difficult birth, when to as​k for additional help, and how to care for a newborn foal.

Equine Embryo Transfer (for veterinarians only)

Date: Fall 2018 TBD
Cost: $850
Location: Equine Reproduction Laboratory
Course Description: This one-day course on equine embryo transfer will provide veterinarians with four (4) hours of lecture and four (4) hours of practical laboratory experience from some of the world leaders in equine embryo transfer. Lectures will include donor mare management, embryo collection procedures, embryo evaluation, recipient mare management, non-surgical transfer of embryos and vitrification. Laboratory experiences will include embryo collection techniques, handling of embryos (using bovine IVF generated embryos and microspheres), evaluation of embryos, cooled-transport of embryos, non-surgical transfer of embryos and vitrification. 

The Problem Mare (for veterinarians only)

Date: 2018 TBD
Course Description: The goal of this one day course is to provide veterinarians with an opportunity to learn about diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that can be incorporated into their clinical practice. Laboratory sessions will provide hands-on opportunities for collection of uterine culture, cytology, and biopsy samples. Additional laboratory sessions will be devoted to practical techniques for microbial culture and identification of bacterial organisms as well as how to set up a basic microbiology laboratory in a private practice. In addition, interpretation of endometrial cytology and uterine biopsy samples will be reviewed. Other laboratory sessions will include options for uterine lavage and intrauterine infusion for the management of endometritis.

Cryopreservation and Management of Equine Sperm

Date: Fall 2018 TBD
Cost: $950
Location: Equine Reproduction Laboratory
Course Description: New two-day course design will allow a more in-depth look at the research we have developed to efficiently freeze equine sperm. Our smaller class size will allow for greater individual attention. The course will emphasize a quality end product and simplify the mangement of the straws for future use. Participants will have a better understanding of the entire freezing process, quality control, storage, management, artificial insemination, and much more. We will also discuss some Advanced Reproductive Techniques (ART) such as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) and the cryopreservation of epididymal and chemically ejaculated sperm. Hands-on laboratory sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to freeze, thaw, and evaluate equine semen. Participants will have ample time to work with and become comfortable with all necessary pieces of equipment and products used. Specific lecture and laboratory topics will include:
  • Preparation of spermatozoa for freezing and methods for freezing equine sperm
  • Response of spermatozoa to freezing and thawing
  • New freezing extenders
  • Proper handling, storage, and thawing procedures
  • Lab equipment requirements
  • Proper use of cushion media and gradients
  • Freezing sperm for ICSI use
  • Refreezing sperm for ICSI use
  • Epididymal sperm recovery, freezing, fertility
  • Chemical ejaculation (for frozen semen)
  • Mare management: conventional frozen/thawed sperm and frozen/thawed epididymal sperm
  • Fertility estimates of frozen semen
Previous experience in semen collection, evaluation, and insemination procedures or attendance at a CSU Equine Reproductive Management equine continuing education short course is required as a prerequisite for this course.
Equine Reproduction Laboratory
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Contact Us:
​3101 Rampart Road
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1693

​(970) 491-8626

(970) 491-7005