Contact: Dr. Martha Vogelsang, 979-845-5796, firstname.lastname@example.org
COLLEGE STATION – Horse owners and breeders wanting to learn more about efficiency methods in reproduction and management can attend a short course Jan. 8-10 at Texas A&M University in College Station.
The Equine Reproductive Management Short Course will include classroom sessions on anatomy and physiology of the mare and stallion, control of the estrous cycle, gestation and foaling, feeding the broodmare and young horse, and estrous cycle manipulation of mares.
“Hands-on laboratory activities are scheduled each day and will include semen collection and evaluation, estrous detection, artificial insemination, body condition scoring, perineal conformation evaluation of the mare and foaling management,” said Dr. Martha Vogelsang, senior lecturer for equine science in the department of animal science at Texas A&M.
Vogelsang said course content includes a broad range of topics useful for horse owners in any segment of the breeding industry.
“We have been offering these courses since 1979,” she said. “Previous attendees have indicated that the knowledge they gained from similar workshops has strengthened their confidence level and improved the relationship with their veterinarian concerning horse-breeding activities.”
Lectures will be held in the Kleberg Animal and Food Sciences Center on the Texas A&M campus, while laboratory sessions will be conducted at the Texas A&M Horse Center on George Bush Drive.
Instructors include several from the department of animal science in College Station: Vogelsang, Dr. Dennis Sigler, Dr. Clay Cavinder, Dr. Josie Coverdale, Dave Golden, Krissy Schroeder and graduate students in equine reproduction.
Each short course will have limited enrollment to ensure adequate time and animals to allow every participant to develop the skill they desire, Vogelsang said.
Enrollment will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis as registration forms with fee payment are received. In addition to the lectures and laboratory sessions, the registration fee includes a handbook of the lecture material, information from equipment and supply dealers or vendors, lunches and snacks, and a certificate of course completion.
Cost is $600 by Dec. 20 and $650 after. If a registrant requests cancellation 15 days prior to the short course, the refund will be 75 percent. There will be no refund for cancellations less than 15 days before the program starts, Vogelsang said.