Become a Veterinary Assistant II: Canine Reproduction

Learn the principles of sound dog breeding from a practicing veterinarian. This course will provide you with the essential facts of the entire canine breeding cycle, from assessing the health of parents to puppy care.
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6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting  August 18, 2021
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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 that you can knowledgeably converse with clients on the complexities of canine reproduction.

What 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 you will benefit

  • Learn essential breeding facts so that 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

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-led or self-paced online course
  • 6 Weeks or 3 Months access
  • 24 course hours

In the first lesson, you'll learn how to select parents for your breeding program by using blood tests, radiographs, and physical examinations. You'll receive a primer on genetic disease and then learn all about management of the breeding pair, specifically vaccinations, deworming, and nutrition.

How well do you know the female dog's anatomy? Besides learning the difference between the uterus and the oviducts, you'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.

In this lesson, you'll turn your attention to the male dog. He's a far more important contributor to the gene pool than the female. You'll 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.

When is the right time to breed a female dog? Though this is a simple question, the answer eludes many people. In this lesson, you'll examine the reproductive (estrous) cycle of the female. You'll discover myriad ways to pinpoint the most productive time to breed.

In this lesson, you'll explore two methods of breeding—natural and artificial. You'll be able to tell when there are problems with natural mating. When you look at artificial insemination, you have to know how to collect and evaluate semen to ensure the male is fertile. This lesson will cover how to do that as well as techniques for insemination.

By now, the female has been bred and you expect a pregnancy. Unfortunately, this doesn't happen every time. This lesson focuses on reasons for infertility in the female, such as pyometra and cystic endometrial hyperplasia.

You'll now turn your attention to the hormonal fluctuations that influence fertility. You'll examine silent heats, persistent estrus, and a variety of other abnormalities. You'll even go over a few problems with sexual behavior.

In this lesson, you'll review some of the important reasons for male infertility. You'll begin by finding out why the male may not want to mate, such as having arthritis in his spine. Next, you'll look at semen production and the negative effects of such things as prostate infections. You'll conclude the lesson with a review of a male reproductive examination.

Assuming everything has gone right, you now have a pregnant dog and you have to take care of her. What should she be fed? Should she be vaccinated? What diseases could strike her during this time? You'll look at two specific examples you need to watch for—diabetes and pregnancy toxemia.

It's time for puppies! In this lesson, you'll learn what to expect during whelping. You'll find out what's normal and when to suspect complications. Of course, the lesson wouldn't be complete without examining how to solve a whelping problem. You'll learn what you can do and how a caesarean is done.

Many people breathe a sigh of relief once the puppies are born, but for some dogs, this is when the problems really begin. This lesson's topic is postpartum disease. These diseases include mastitis, metritis, and hypocalcemia—a condition where the blood calcium drops to dangerous levels.

This final lesson is all about puppies. You'll look at the importance of the first drink of milk. You'll find out how to evaluate if they're getting enough food, and what to do if they aren't. You'll also look at how to keep them warm so they aren't chilled. The lesson and course will conclude with an itinerary that shows you what to do for the first six months of a puppy's life.

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 more than 18 years ago. Due to the success of his veterinary receptionist/assistant courses, he expanded his teaching into other high-demand areas including pet first aid and alternative medical therapies for companion animals. He practices at a veterinary hospital and contributes regularly to several magazines.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

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.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.

Instructor-Led: Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have 3 month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.

Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons within the allotted access period.

Instructor-Led: The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.