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TECH148-0607: Basic Canine Reproduction Module 1

Joni Freshman, DVM, MS, DACVIM

June 4 - July 8, 2007
Real Time Sessions: Thursday evenings; June 7, 14, 21, 28; 9:30pm-11pm ET (USA)


Clinical reproduction is uniquely suited to make excellent use of the veterinary technician's skills and abilities. This course is designed to provide the veterinary technician with the knowledge and skills to discuss reproductive concerns with clients, understand canine reproductive physiology, perform and interpret vaginal cytology, perform and assess ovulation-timing tests, collect and evaluate semen, and perform artificial insemination of fresh semen. In addition, the course will provide understanding of canine gestation and parturition, including pregnancy diagnosis, care of the pregnant bitch, and common conditions occurring during pregnancy in the bitch.

This course will consist of four (4), ninety (90) minute real-time sessions; detailed presentations with slides and step-by-step instructions for understanding canine reproductive physiology, obtaining vaginal cytology, preparing and reading the specimen, performing and evaluating ovulation timing tests, collecting and evaluating canine semen (including count, motility, and morphology) and performing artificial insemination, as well as assessing the pregnant and term bitch and understanding care, feeding, and common medical issues in the pregnant bitch.

Library materials will be provided on all of these topics; there will be multiple choice quizzes designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention; as well as interactive message board discussions. Module 1 is a required prerequisite to taking Module 2. This course can be used as a refresher in canine reproduction for veterinarians; RACE approval is being sought for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

TEXTBOOKS: There are no required texts for this course; however, the instructor recommends the following: COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1: Reproductive Physiology and Vaginal Cytology
Content: This section of the course will explore reproductive physiology of the bitch, with particular emphasis on hormonal, behavioral and physical events of the estrus cycle. Step-by-step instruction on how to obtain and prepare vaginal cytology will be given. The types of vaginal epithelial cells will be shown, as well as their correspondence with stage of the estrus cycle.

Week 2: Ovulation Timing
Content: This section will build upon information from the first week, combining the results of vaginal cytology with hormonal testing performed upon serum from bitches to determine progesterone and luteinizing hormone (LH) levels. We will learn how to obtain appropriate samples, perform tests, and what their results mean.

Week 3: Semen Collection and Evaluation, Artificial Insemination
Content: In this section we will learn the step-by-step technique for collecting semen from male dogs of all sizes, including the use of teaser bitches, artificial vaginas, and problem dogs. We will then learn how to evaluate the sample grossly, obtain a semen count, evaluate progressive motility, and prepare and evaluate a slide for semen morphology. We will also learn how to perform vaginal artificial insemination with fresh semen.

Week 4: Pregnancy in the Bitch
Content: In this section we will learn the hormonal, physical and behavioral events of normal pregnancy. We will learn what laboratory parameters are affected by pregnancy. Diagnosis of pregnancy will be discussed with regards to palpation, Witness� pregnancy diagnosis test, which we will learn to perform, ultrasonography, and radiography. Appropriate and ideal care of the pregnant bitch will be discussed, including what to avoid and what to ensure is done with regards to parasites, flea control, exercise, stress, etc.

Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.

Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.


$111 ($100.00 early bird special if registered before May 21, 2007).
* Enroll in both Modules before May 21, 2007 and receive a 15% discount off the regular course price.
* Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status). You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program director's name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.

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