Course Open: February 19-March 10, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Sunday, February 28, 2021; 2:00-4:00 pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter Level and Prerequisites: This advanced course will be open to veterinarians and veterinary support staff interested in reproduction in honey bee colonies. It is recommended that participants have a basic knowledge of bees and beekeeping terminology.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians and veterinary support staff. This course is approved by RACE for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE 22-38536) Course Information:
In this course we will cover the reproductive aspects of the hive. We will discuss queen and drone biology, mating, and genetics. Participants will learn about queen management as well, including queen rearing, queen handling, and introduction. Week 1 (Real Time Session February 28, 2021): Queen Biology and Queen Rearing
Presenter: Meghan Milbrath, PhD, MPH
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
- Describe the queen honey bee anatomy
- Explain the life-cycle of the queen
- Identify the major functions of the honey bee queen
- Define the differences between the honey bee queen and the female workers
- Recognize queen related issues in the hive
- Outline methods to deal with problem queens in the hive
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course. About the Presenter:
Meghan Milbrath has been keeping bees for over 20 years. She runs a beekeeping business in Munith, Michigan, where she keeps over 200 colonies and breeds queen bees. Dr. Milbrath works as an academic specialist at Michigan State University where she specializes in pollinator research and extension. Her academic focus is on transmission dynamics of environmentally acquired infectious diseases. Total CE Credit: 2
Tuition: Member $46 ($41 early bird special if enrolled by February 5, 2021)
Non-Member $110 ($99 early bird special if enrolled by February 5, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars. *Enroll in 2 or more Honey Bee courses on the same day and receive a 15% discount off the standard price. This discount does not apply to early bird prices.
- EXOT101-0121: Honey Bees - Veterinary Medicine
- EXOT109-0121: Honey Bees - Fat Healthy Bees
- EXOT106-0221: Honey Bees - Splits and Swarms
- EXOT104-0221: Honey Bees - Queen Biology and Queen Rearing
- EXOT107-0221: Honey Bees - Managing Bacterial Disease
- EXOT108-0321: Honey Bees - Managing Varroa Mites
- Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
- Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
- Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
- For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email CEonVIN. Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
VIN Education Director VIN CE Services: CEonVIN
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357