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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

Techniques for Handling and Utilizing Frozen Equine Spermatozoa

Date: Sept. 16, 2016
Fee: $550
Please contact the ERL office at (970) 491-8626 to be placed on the 2016 informational email list.

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 required as a prerequisite for this course.

Equine Embryo Transfer (for veterinarians only)

Date: Sept. 17, 2016
Fee: $500
Optional: Embryo Vitrification, Sept. 18, 2016; morning session, $250

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, and transfer of embryos. Laboratory experiences will include embryo collection techniques, handling of embryos, evaluation of embryos, cooled-transport of embryos and non-surgical transfer of embryos. Vitrification of embryos is an optional lab held the following morning.

Colorado State University has a long history of research, clinical service and continuing education in the field of equine embryo transfer. The continuing education programs in equine reproduction are renowned for being practical and thorough with an innovative hands-on approach.

The Problem Mare (for veterinarians only)

Date: Sept. 19-20, 2016
Fee: $800
Please contact the ERL office at (970) 491-8626 to be placed on the 2016 informational email list.

Course Description: The goal of this two day course is to provide veterinarians with an opportunity to learn about common and less common reproductive abnormalities of the mare as well as current 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, vaginal speculum examinations and endoscopic evaluation of the uterine lumen. 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.

Colorado State University has a long history as a referral center for problem mares. The continuing education programs in equine reproduction are renowned for being practical and thorough with an innovative hands-on approach.

Equine Reproductive Management: Stallion, Mare, and Newborn Foal

Date: TBD for 2017
Fee: $1,450 before 12/1/2016; $1,500 after 12/1/2016
Course is limited to 40 participants.

Please contact the ERL office at (970) 491-8626 to be placed on the informational email list.​

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.

Foaling, Dystocia and Care of the Newborn Foal


Registration is now closed. Please contact the ERL office (970) 491-8626 to be placed on the informational email list.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016​
Location: CSU E​quine Reproduction Laboratory
Fee: $50 for morning lecture; $200 for morning lecture and afternoon laboratory.
Course is limited to 50 participants in the lecture portion and 40 participants for the afternoon laboratory

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. The morning lecture sessions will discuss these events and more, while the afternoon laboratory session will provide a hands-on learning opportunity for breeding farm/ranch personnel with direct responsibility for foaling and foal care.​