Equine Reproduction and Genetics - (15 credits)

Students will gain an understanding of the principles and techniques used for the management of equine breeding stock. The student will demonstrate knowledge of correct industry practice along with the requirements and obligations required of the stud farm manager. The issues of reproductive management, manipulation and the problems raised by sub-fertile animals will be raised. The use and implementation of common breeding technologies (artificial insemination (chilled and frozen), embryo transfer) will be discussed along with introductory genetics relating to the breeding of horses. Practical sessions will be used when appropriate e.g., at semen collections and laboratory analysis.