Throughout the year the Equine Sciences program, along with other collaborative programs offer various continuing educational opportunities through short courses. Please view our 2019/2020 short courses listed below. The College of Veterinary Medicine also offers additional equine reproduction short courses for veterinarians. Check out more information here.

2019 - 2020 Courses

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Cryopreservation and Management of Equine Sperm

DATE: October 14th – 15th, 2019

FEE: $950


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. Find out how to register here.

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Equine Reproductive Management: Stallion, Mare & Newborn Foal

DATE: January 13th – 17th, 2020

FEE: $1450

COURSE IS LIMITED TO 40 PARTICIPANTS. ** This course if full, please email the ERL to be placed on the waitlist**

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. Find out how to register here.