Reproduction and Breeding for small animals

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6th Oct - 17th Nov, 2021

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Online Wednesday Nights 7:30pm (QLD time)

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CDP Value: All locations: 10.5 points

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Confidently lead your clients through ethical and practical reproduction services. Whether your clinic offers dedicated breeding programs, or just looks after the occasional pregnancy, we have you covered. Get up to date with this seven-week online course, where you can immerse yourself in current disease management for studs and bitches, and delve deeper into pregnancy management. Prepare to develop your understanding and management of dystocia and maximise the survival rate of small animal neonates. Small animal reproduction is so much more than puppies or kittens! Broaden your horizons, and coach your clientele in this rewarding field.

Do you struggle with…

  • Medical versus surgical management of dystocia?

  • Predicting whelping time frames?

  • Picking the optimal time for insemination?

  • Breeding soundness examinations?

What if there was a great new online course created just for YOU?

Spend some dedicated time with our fun, inspiring reproduction specialist and hone your clinical skills. Imagine that working with breeders and pregnancy management, you could be opening the door to a whole new world of revenue. Or, perhaps you’re already offering these services, yet you want to update your toolkit for pregnancy management? Each week is broken down in such a way as to enhance your knowledge, skills, and confidence in so many aspects, like screening for breeding, insemination, pregnancy, and reproduction related disease management. Live and online, with loads of great tips, lots of laughs, and pearls of wisdom.






What you will learn

You will revise :
  • Oestrus cycle and diagnostic testing
  • Handling and insemination techniques
  • Semen types
  • How / when to perform pregnancy diagnosis
  • Common problems throughout canine pregnancy
Develop your skills in :
  • How make breeding decisions based on the test results
  • How to track and monitor the oestrus cycle
  • Determining optimal times for insemination
  • How to select and perform the best method for insemination
  • Medical and surgical management of dystocia
  • Medical management of uterine and ovarian diseases
  • How to perform a breeding soundness examination in the male dog

Workshop Schedule

Week 1 – Health screening for breeding dogs – Navigate health screening for breeding dogs – what tests are available for what diseases, how to determine if a test is appropriate for your client or patient, how to interpret results and how to discuss their impact with your clients. You will also learn where and how to submit health screening tests.

Week 2 – Female reproduction: cycle management  – Learn how to track and monitor the oestrus cycle of female dogs in order to maximise fertility and predict whelping. We will cover oestrus cycle diagnostics, such as vaginal cytology, progesterone levels, LH testing, and vaginoscopy. This topic will also cover interpretation of these results and determining optimal times for insemination with fresh, chilled, or frozen semen.

Week 3 – Female reproduction: insemination techniques & pregnancy diagnosis – Different semen types (fresh vs chilled vs frozen) require different handling and insemination techniques to maximise pregnancy rates and litter size. Learn how to select and perform the best method for insemination for your particular patient, and how / when to perform pregnancy diagnosis.

Week 4 – Female reproduction: pregnancy management / dystocia – Learn about the common issues we see during canine pregnancy, and what you can do to monitor or manage them. We will cover the medical and surgical management options for dystocia – how to determine if intervention is necessary, and what steps will maximise neonatal survival.

Week 5 – Female reproduction: common diseases – There are several common conditions affecting the female reproductive tract, with adverse impacts on fertility. Learn about medical management of uterine and ovarian diseases which can complicate breeding management.

Week 6 – Male reproduction: breeding soundness exam and semen collection / analysis – The male dog is 50% of the fertility equation, and much easier to evaluate than the female! We will talk about how to perform a breeding soundness examination in the male dog, including common diagnostic tests for evaluation of the prostate, testes, and spermiogram.

Week 7 – Male reproduction: common diseases – Learn to treat and manage common problems in stud dogs that can adversely affect their fertility, including complications from systemic diseases that you need to be on the lookout for.  

Your Educators

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Dr Natalie Fraser

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Qualifications: DVM, DACT

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Specialisation: Theriogenologists

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From graduating veterinary medicine in 2009 to jumping straight into an internship in farm animal reproduction and medicine, Natalie Fraser was well on her way to big things. Dr Fraser completed her residency at Auburn University and became a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 2015. In 2016 she became a senior lecturer in Theriogenology at the University of Queensland. Natalie loves teaching and sharing her passion and knowledge.

Your Questions Answered

Are the online courses recorded?

Yes! Each live session is recorded, and the recordings are shared to each participant in a folder link. Registrants will have access to all the recordings for 30 days after the completion of the course.

Can I pay off my registration fee?

Yes! We offer payment plans so registrants can pay off their fee easily. To request a payment plan, please contact [email protected].

What happens if the course is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, you will be provided with a refund.

Are there group discounts available?

Yes! If you are coming in a group of 3 or more, discounts are available. Please contact us directly to discuss group discounts.

What happens if I pay and then later can’t attend?

As per our workshop terms & conditions, refunds are provided (if the cancellation is in writing) up to 45 days prior to the workshop. Cancellations made 45 days prior to the commencement of the workshop incur a 50% administration fee. Cancellations made 7 days prior to the commencement of the workshop are not refundable.

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100 or 0411 798 165

Still have questions? We’ve got answers.
0409 743 100
0411 798 165

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