This course is the definitive guide to the principles of sound dog breeding. If you’re a veterinary assistant or preparing to become one, this course will help you understand the essential facts so
In our first lesson, you’ll learn how to select parents for your breeding program by using blood tests, radiographs, and physical examinations. Then, besides learning the difference between the uterus and the oviducts, we’ll look at the physical abnormalities that plague the female dog. You’ll also find out how to diagnose infections and how those infections can impact fertility.
Delve into reproductive diseases that strike the male, such as cryptorchidism and Brucellosis, and conclude with a look at maladies such as testicular and prostatic disease that strike the geriatric male. Then, examine the reproductive (estrous) cycle of the female. You’ll discover myriad ways to pinpoint the most productive time to breed.
In this lesson, we’ll explore two methods of breeding—natural and artificial. Then, we’ll focus on reasons for infertility in the female, such as pyometra and cystic endometrial hyperplasia.
We’ll now turn our attention to the hormonal fluctuations that influence fertility. We’ll examine silent heats, persistent estrus, and a variety of other abnormalities. Then, we’ll review some of the important reasons for male infertility.
Learn how to care for a pregnant female canine including what she should be fed, vaccines, and diseases that could strike her during pregnancy. Then, you’ll learn what to expect during whelping. You’ll know what’s normal and when to suspect complications.
Learn about postpartum disorders including mastitis, metritis, and hypocalcemia. And finally, we’ll conclude this lesson and the course with an itinerary that shows you what to do for the first six months of a puppy’s life.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course besides an interest in responsible breeding practices that promote the health of breeding dogs and their puppies.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.