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Become a Veterinary Assistant II: Canine Reproduction

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 you can knowledgeably converse with clients on the complexities of canine reproduction.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Become a Veterinary Assistant II: Canine Reproduction

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Become a Veterinary Assistant II: Canine Reproduction Details + Objective

Course Code: crb

You Will Learn
  • Learn to properly assess candidates for a breeding program
  • Understand the proper nutrition, parasite control, and appropriate vaccines a dog in a breeding program needs
  • Learn the optimal time for breeding
  • Understand infertility factors that can affect both male and female dogs
  • Discover how to meet the needs of a pregnant female canine and make preparations for whelping
  • Learn about postpartum complications in canines
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn essential breeding facts to you can confidently converse with clients
  • Become more valuable in your veterinary assistant role with detailed breeding knowledge
  • Open the door to new opportunities as a veterinary assistant
Become a Veterinary Assistant II: Canine Reproduction Outline
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Week 1

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.

Week 2

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.

Week 3

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.

Week 4

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.

Week 5

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.

Week 6

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.

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Become a Veterinary Assistant II: Canine Reproduction Instructors
Jeff Grognet

Jeff Grognet has been a companion animal veterinarian for 25 years. He was a pioneer in the field of veterinary assistant teaching, developing his first course almost 20 years ago. The overwhelming success of his veterinary receptionist/assistant college courses led him to expand his teaching into other areas in high demand, including pet first aid and alternative medical therapies for companion animals. He practices with his wife at a Veterinary Hospital in BC, Canada. Jeff has published a large and diverse number of articles and is a regular contributing author to several magazines.

Become a Veterinary Assistant II: Canine Reproduction Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

The only other requirement is an interest in responsible breeding practices that promote the health of breeding dogs and their puppies.

Become a Veterinary Assistant II: Canine Reproduction Frequently Asked Questions
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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?

Keep in mind that 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.

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