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Minicourses  


  Several minicourses are offered from November through February in an effort to educate horse owners, breeders and veterinarians on the essential aspects of a breeding operation and advanced reproductive techniques.

 

Why invest time and money in a minicourse?

 Several reasons.....
Gain confidence in your breeding operation
Create a safer breeding environment
Benefit from the experience of other participants
Minicourses are an exciting, learning experience
Our courses are designed to provide hands-on learning
Network with colleagues and peers
Experience can help to establish a new service
MINICOURSES AVAILABLE FOR HORSE OWNERS, BREEDERS AND
VETERINARIANS
Reproductive Management of the Mare
Reproductive Management of the Stallion
Techniques for Handling Stallions in the Breeding Situation
Reproductive Ultrasonography in the Mare
Individual Experience with Ultrasounding In-House Mares
Embryo Recovery and Transfer in the Mare

 

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Reproductive Management of the Mare

Description:This 2-day course is designed to establish a basic understanding and practical experience to mare management. 8 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory experience. This course is held at Equine Reproduction Concepts, LLC, a reproduction facility located in Amissville, Virginia. For additional information call 540-937-9832 or e-mail info@equinereproduction.com.
(For veterinarians: 12 CE credits awarded)

Mare ManagementMinicourse topics:
arrowReproductive anatomy and physiology of the
  mare
arrowHormonal patterns and influences on the
  reproductive tract
arrowArtificial insemination
arrowMare reproductive evaluation
arrowEstrus detection, fertilization and pregnancy
arrowPregnancy diagnosis, twinning and early
  embryonic loss
arrowCare of the pregnant mare
arrowBreeding management
arrowAdvanced technologies in reproduction

Dates Offered:
TBA
Lecture and Lab: $350.00
(Lecture Only $240.00)
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Reproductive Management of the Stallion

Decription:This 2-day course is designed to establish a basic understanding and practical experience to stallion management. 8 hours lecture, 8 hours laboratory experience. This course is held at Equine Reproduction Concepts, LLC, a reproduction facility located in Amissville, Virginia. For additional information call 540-937-9832 or e-mail info@equinereproduction.com.
(For veterinarians: 16 CE credits awarded)

Stallion ManagementMinicourse topics:
arrowReproductive anatomy and physiology of the
 stallion
arrowHormonal patterns and influences on the
 reproductive tract
arrowCollection and evaluation of semen
arrowStallion reproductive evaluation
arrowFactors affecting sperm production/output and
  fertility
arrowProcessing semen for cooled shipment
arrowUnderstanding frozen semen use
arrowBreeding management
arrowAdvanced technologies in reproduction

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Dates Offered:
TBA
Lecture and Lab: $395.00
(Lecture Only $270.00)
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Techniques for Handling Stallions in the Breeding Situation

Decription:This 1-day course is designed to give horse owners experience with handling stallions in a breeding situation. 4 hours lecture, 4 hours stallion handling. This course is held at Equine Reproduction Concepts, LLC, a reproduction facility located in Amissville, Virginia. For additional information call 540-937-9832 or e-mail info@equinereproduction.com.

Stallion ManageMinicourse Topics:
arrowProper techniques for handling stallions
   arrowIn-hand Training
   arrowThe teasing of mares
   arrowSemen collection via phantom
   arrowNatural service
arrowTraining to the phantom
arrowSexual behavior
arrowManagement of problem stallions
arrowStallion facilities

 

Dates Offered:
TBA
Lecture and Lab: $215.00
(Lecture Only $135.00)
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Reproductive Ultrasonography in the Mare

Decription: This 1-day course is designed to give veterinarians the opportunity to gain experience using ultrasonography to aid in mare reproductive management. This course is held at Equine Reproduction Concepts, LLC, a reproduction facility located in Amissville, Virginia. For additional information call 540-937-9832 or e-mail info@equinereproduction.com.
**NON-VETERINARIANS MAY ATTEND LECTURES ONLY**
4 hours lecture, 4 hours laboratory experience. (8 CE credits)

UltrasonographyMinicourse Topics:
arrowUltrasonographic assessment of follicle growth in the
  transitional and cycling mare
arrowOvulation and CL formation
arrowCharacteristics of the uterus
arrowManagement of twins and early embryonic death
arrowNormal fetal development and sexing
arrowTransvaginal aspiration

Dates Offered:
TBA
Lecture and Lab: $335.00
(Lecture Only $210.00)
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Individual Experience with Ultrasounding In-House Mares

In-House

 

Decription: A herd of 15 to 20 in-house mares will be available daily for palpation/ultrasound exams. Participants are welcome to utilize these mares throughout the period to gain experience with palpation and ultrasonographic techniques. This course is held at Equine Reproduction Concepts, LLC, a reproduction facility located in Amissville, Virginia. For additional information call 540-937-9832 or e-mail info@equinereproduction.com.
**NON-VETERINARIANS MAY NOT ATTEND THIS COURSE**

Dates Offered:
TBA
Cost: $250.00 per 2 day session
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Embryo Recovery and Transfer in the Mare

Description:This 1-day course is designed to educate veterinarians on the procedures of embryo recovery and processing for shipment. As part of an ERC-affiliated program, intentions are to establish a network of veterinarians around the country able to ship embryos. This course is held at Equine Reproduction Concepts, LLC, a reproduction facility located in Amissville, Virginia. For additional information call 540-937-9832 or e-mail info@equinereproduction.com.
**NON-VETERINARIANS MAY ATTEND LECTURES ONLY**
(8 CE credits awarded)

Recovery

Minicourse Topics:
arrowReproductive Management of the Donor
arrowRecipient Synchronization and Management
arrowEmbryo Recovery – Procedures, Supplies and
  Equipment
arrowEmbryo Identification, Handling and Processing
arrowPackaging Embryos for Shipment
arrowEmbryo Transfer Procedures at ERC
arrowThe Affiliated Program – Success rates,
  Incentives, Communication,Costs and Potential Complications

Dates Offered:
TBA

Lecture and Lab:$500.00
(Lecture Only $310.00)
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Internship

Veterinary Internship

 

  Every year, a position is available for 6 months beginning February 15th through August 15th for licensed veterinarians eager to gain experience and a working knowledge of equine reproductive management while performing advanced techniques.

 

 

 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

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Reproductive management of client mares and the recipient herd. This includes hormonal treatment, palpation/ultrasound, artificial insemination with fresh, cooled and frozen semen, reproductive evaluations, uterine therapy, uterine culture, cytology and biopsy, assist with and perform embryo recoveries and transfers.
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Stallion procedures performed periodically include semen collection, evaluation and processing for immediate insemination or cooling, reproductive evaluations, and stallion handling. Exposure to semen freezing will also occur.
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Maintaining a vaccination and deworming schedule for client and recipient mares. This includes making sure all items on the Horse Health Checklist have been done.
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Initial involvement with emergency cases at ERC while having the ability to consult with other veterinarians associated with ERC.
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Periodically perform on-farm reproductive services.
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Establish the use of invoices, in-house forms, stall book and pharmacy records, client communication, formulating letters (i.e. reproductive evaluation letters).
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Help supervise laboratory and veterinarian technicians to make sure their responsibilities are properly being performed.
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Be a co-mentor in our veterinary externship program making sure that all student externs are exposed to several aspects of both stallion and mare reproductive management.


  

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Desired:

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Degree in Veterinary Medicine with a large animal/horse emphasis.
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Comfortable working with horses.
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Basic understanding of reproductive physiology.
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Good communication skills and the ability to create a good repore with clients.
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Desire to learn new reproductive techniques.
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Work well with other staff and maintain a teamwork atmosphere.
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Virginia Veterinary license is required for the position.

For further inquiries about the internship program,
please contact us at 540-937-9832 or email at info@equinereproduction.com


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Studen Externship  Equine Reproduction Concepts (ERC) offers a program whereby veterinary students are able to come to our facility and be exposed to various techniques and procedures dealing with stallion and mare reproductive management. Positions are available every year from March through July and are scheduled in 2- to 4-week increments. Scheduling is structured whereby only a single participant is present at any one time in order to maximize theoretical and practical exposure. The goal of this program is for participants to gain experience and a working knowledge of general and advanced equine reproductive management.

Involvement:
  Exposure will include reproductive management of mares utilizing palpation/ultrasonography, hormonal treatments, uterine infusions and lavages, cultures, cytologies and biopsies, artificial insemination with fresh, cooled and frozen semen, embryo recovery and transfer. Stallion procedures consist of semen collection, evaluation and processing for immediate insemination, cooling or freezing, reproductive evaluations, and stallion handling. Participants will gain practical experience in palpation/ultrasonography, artificial insemination, semen collection, evaluation and processing for immediate insemination or cooling and stallion handling. Periodic sit-down sessions will occur whereby practitioners at ERC will discuss certain techniques and/or cases with the externs.

Duties/Responsibilities:
  Externs are expected to assist with normal management practices at ERC. They will be involved with administrating treatments, teasing mares, handling stallions, assisting practitioners with procedures such as preparing mares for uterine lavages, embryo recoveries, surgeries, etc. Other responsibilities will include taking records during US exams, holding jump mares, preparing for semen collection, helping process semen for shipment. Upon coming to ERC, a work schedule will be created for each participant. The schedule will be based on when help is needed and what times or days are available for the extern. A typical schedule will consist of being at the clinic for 10 to 12 hours, 5 1/2 days a week.

Housing and Transportation:
  Discount housing ($12-14/day) will be available. It is encouraged that participants bring a vehicle in order to come and go as they please. For those who cannot bring a vehicle, other arrangements may be available.

Desirable Attributes of the Participant:
  Comfortable working with horses.
  Basic understanding of reproductive physiology.
  Desire to learn new reproductive techniques.
  Work well with practitioners and staff.

If interested in applying to our externship program, please send a letter of interest and a resume. For further inquiries, you can email us at info@equinereproduction.com


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111 Hackleys Mill Rd. Amissville, VA 20106
(Phone) 540-937-9832 (Fax) 540-937-9862
Email: info@equinereproduction.com

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