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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

 

 Course Information

 
 

 Registration Contact:

 
​Short Course Coordinator
Equine Reproduction Laboratory
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO  80523-1693
Phone: (970) 491-8626
Fax: (970) 491-7005
Email: Short Course Coordinator

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. Invaluable diagnostic and intervention skills in obstetrics are gained for any future event of a difficult foaling.

Check out more CSU College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Continuing Education.

Equine Reproductive Management -- Stallion, Mare and Newborn Foal

Date: January 3-7, 2014
Registration Fee: $1,450

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.

Techniques for Handling and Utilizing Frozen Equine Spermatozoa

Date: January 8, 2014 (COURSE FULL)
Registration Fee: $550

Course Description: The frozen semen course is designed for anyone seriously interested in learning the techniques involved in freezing, thawing, and handling of equine spermatozoa. Topics to be covered include:
  • Response of spermatozoa to freezing,
  • Preparation of semen for freezing,
  • Extender preparation,
  • Proper handling, storage and thawing procedures,
  • Post-thawing evaluation of semen,
  • Management of mares for frozen semen and insemination techniques.

Hands-on moderated laboratory sessions will provide an opportunity for registrants to freeze, thaw and evaluate equine semen.

Previous experience in semen collection, evaluation and insemination procedures or attendance at a CSU Equine Reproductive Management equine continuing education short course is highly recommended as a prerequisite to this course.

Problem Mare - Diagnosis and Therapeutics (for veterinarians only)

Date: Cancelled
Registration Fee: $500 (enrollment limited to 15 people)

Course Description: This is a new 1-day short course for veterinarians (need to verify veterinary license to register) that will include performing uterine cultures and uterine cytology’s, as well as reading them.  Low-volume lavages, scoping a mare and other therapies used to deal with problem mares.

Foaling, Dystocia and Care of the Newborn Foal

Dates: January 18, 2014 (COURSE FULL)​
Location: Gainesville, TX
Registration Fee: $25 (lecture only), $200 (lecture and hands-on laboratory session); laboratory enrollment limited to 40 people.

Course Description: This new one-day short course is designed to provide practical knowledge and experience in the foaling mare and newborn foal. Four hours of lecture will be devoted to prediction of foaling, normal birth process, dystocia, obstetrics and newborn foal care. Four hours of unique laboratory experience will cover recognition of dystocia, on-farm obstetrical procedures, techniques to predict foaling, colostrum evaluation and management, antibody (IgG) testing for passive transfer, and placental evaluation.

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