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.
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.
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Date: January 4-8, 2013
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 9, 2013
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.
Stallion Semen Collection and Evaluation
Dates: January 26, 2013
Registration Fee: $300 (enrollment limited to 15 people)
Course Description: This is a new focused 1-day short course for horse owners.
Equine Embryo Transfer (for veterinarians only)
Date: February 16, 2013
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)
Foaling, Dystocia and Care of the Newborn Foal
Dates: January 19, 2013
Registration Fee: $25 (lecture only), $200 (lecture and hands-on laboratory session); laboratory enrollment limited to 40 people.
Course Description: This is a new 1-day short course for horse owners, breeding farm managers, and foaling attendants. This course will be held at Weatherford College in Weatherford, TX.