Equine Reproduction Continuing Education

Equine Reproduction Continuing Education

Equine Reproduction Continuing Education Short Courses co-hosted with the Department of Animal Sciences’s Equine Science program

About ERCE Short Courses

Colorado State University’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. For more information: View ERC short courses.

Upcoming ERCE Short Courses

Equine Embryo Transfer (for Veterinarians only)
Date: September 12, 2015 | Fee: $500
Optional: Embryo Vitrification Laboratory, September 13, 2015: $250

This one-day course on equine embryo transfer will provide veterinarians with 4 hours of lecture and 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.

Equine Reproductive Management (Stallion, Mare and Newborn Foal)
Date: TBD | Fee: $1,450 | Course Flyer
Note: Online registration closed, please call (970) 491-8626 with any questions.

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 (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: TBD | Fee: $550

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 are 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.

Foaling, Dystocia and Care of the Newborn Foal
Dates: TBD | Location: TBD | Fee: $50 for morning lecture; $200 for morning lecture and afternoon laboratory

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 ask 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.