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LAMS213-1111: Introduction to Equine Reproduction

INSTRUCTOR(S): Ahmed Tibary DVM, PhD, DACT and Audrey A. Kelleman, DVM, DACT

COURSE OPEN: November 20-December 28, 2011
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Sundays, November 27, December 4, 11 and 18; 9:30pm-11:30pm ET (USA)
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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a practice session prior to the first Real Time Session. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first Real Time Session.

Level and Prerequisites:
This introductory level course is geared towards Large Animal/Equine Practitioners that are interested in developing a stud farm medicine component in their practice. VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians only. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians.

Course Description:
This course will be an overview of basic equine reproduction, pregnancy diagnosis and foaling in the mare.

This course consists of four (4) 2-hour Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and an end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.

Recommended textbook(s):

About the Instructors:
Dr. Ahmed Tibary graduated in 1980 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Institut Agronomique et V�t�rinaire (IAV) in Morocco. He earned his MS (1984) and PhD (1989) in Theriogenology from the University of Minnesota and a Doctorat of Science in Animal Production. He was certified as a theriogenologist (reproductive medicine specialist) by the American College of Theriogenologists in 1991. He is currently a Professor of Theriogenology in the department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Washington State University.Among his many accolades, Dr. Tibary was awarded Theriogenologist of the Year for 2011 by the American College of Theriogenology at the combined Society for Theriogenology/ACT annual conference.

Dr. Audrey A. Kelleman graduated in 1995 with Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida. She was certified as a theriogenologist (reproductive medicine specialist) by the American College of Theriogenologists in 2000. Most recently, prior to her return to UF in December 2010, Dr. Kelleman spent four years working as a clinical veterinarian in the section of reproduction, at the University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center. While Dr. Kelleman' s recent reproductive practice has been predominantly equine, she also enjoys work with many other species. Dr. Kelleman is a member of the AVMA, AAEP, SFT, ACT, FVMA, and FAEP, among other organizations. Dr. Kelleman is currently a faculty member with the Large Animal Reproduction Service at the University of Florida and works in both ambulatory and referral settings.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session November 27): Reproduction Cycle/Clinical Examination
Content: This session will be a review of basic anatomy/physiology, as well as going over normal U/S and physical palpation of the mare. Restraint methods, equipment and techniques will be discussed.

Week 2 (Real Time Session December 4): Breeding Soundness Plan
Content: This session will discuss in detail the basic mare breeding soundness examination protocol including: evaluation of the perineal conformation, transrectal palpation and ultrasonography and identification of the most common abnormalities, vaginal examination and evaluation of the cervix, collection of samples for endometrial cytology and interpretation, collection of endometrial biopsy samples and interpretation, collection of samples for microbiological evaluation. Attention will be given to collection of samples for CEM diagnosis.

Week 3 (Real Time Session December 11): Breeding Management
Content: This session will focus on management of the brood mare for artificial insemination with cooled or frozen semen (induction of ovulation and monitoring for mating induced endometritis). A particular attention will be given to management of hard to breed mares (mare with fluid accumulation prior or after insemination). Natural mating programs will also be discussed.

Week 4 (Real Time Session December 18): Pregnancy Diagnosis and Foaling
Content: Pregnancy evaluation by ultrasonography and hormonal assays will be presented in detail, pointing out abnormalities that require further work-up. Twin pregnancy diagnosis, management and outcome will also be discussed. The discussion will include management of the pregnant mare and foaling.


Tuition: Member $160 ($144 early bird special if enrolled by November 6, 2011).
Non-Member $253 ($228 early bird special if enrolled by November 6, 2011).

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

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