118.777 Veterinary Clinical Reproduction and Fertility (15 credit)

Lecturers: Erica Gee BVSc PhD DipACT
Jimena Japura DVM MSc PhD

This double-semester course provides an-depth study on the management of reproductive outcomes in a range of domestic mammals with the opportunity to tailor your assessment to focus on your target species, for example cattle, horses or companion animals.

What will you learn?

On this course you will learn:

  • comparative reproductive anatomy and current advances in reproductive physiology.
  • to formulate strategies to improve reproductive outcomes
  • about established reproductive technologies such as AI, manipulations and controlled breeding programmes as well as novel reproductive technologies.
  • how to locate and evaluate the literature to inform decision-making on reproductive issues.

How the course works

Reproduction is one of the MVM courses  for postgraduate veterinarians which is taught online via distance learning and led by a recognised international expert in the field.

The course is supported by the latest research, reviews and case material to challenge veterinarians with in-depth, relevant continuing education. Course materials include a printed guide to your reading and assessment which integrates online learning activities such as discussions, quizzes, lessons, library searches, critical evaluation and exercises for self-assessment with reading materials and personal study tasks.

Highlights of the reproduction course include: The ability to focus your study on any species group including those less frequently presented to the practitioner. The opportunity to attend real time guest webinars by speakers with specific species expertise/ experience and delve into the science base behind reproductive interventions and novel assisted reproductive techniques.

Expect to participate and have fun doing it!

With the MVM programme you have the flexibility to study when and where you want and the support of the MVM team to gain an internationally-recognised veterinary qualification that will help you in your practice every day.

Your lecturers

Erica is Senior Lecturer in Equine Science at Massey University having completed her veterinary degree and PhD at Massey University and a two year residency at Colorado State University in the Equine Reproduction Laboratory. A Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenology, Erica is a registered specialist in Equine Reproduction in New Zealand.

Jimena is a lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology. She completed her veterinary medicine degree in Argentina and obtained her MSc and PhD in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. During her graduate program she focused on the development of oestrogen-free approaches for the control of oestrous cycle in cattle.

Course features

In-depth part-time study 24 teaching weeks spread over a 7-8 month period

Learning materials and facilities

  • Study guide
  • 3 day workshop: face to face or an online option for some sessions
  • Electronic library access

Learning community

  • MVM Commons community site
  • Online case discussion facilitated
  • Social forum


  • Presentation assignment
  • Portfolio of coursework (two submissions)
  • Literature review assignment

Course requirements

  • Internet access
  • Recommended: Either Youngquist et al: Current Therapy in Large Animal Theriogenology (latest edition) OR Noakes et al: Veterinary Reproduction and Obstetrics 9th Edn (2009) Note: A new tenth edition of Veterinary Reproduction and Obstetrics is scheduled for publishing in December 2018. 

contact WORKSHOP (contact course)

There will be a 3 day on-campus workshop held at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. This will build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. 

The contact workshop is an opportunity for face-to-face time with your class and lecturer. Together you can build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. This format provides a great opportunity for you to meet students and staff from other courses within the MVM programme. 

For the best contact workshop experience, we recommend that you attend in person. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course. If you can’t make it in person you will be able to join some (non-practical) sessions live via the internet (we endeavour to record these sessions for review, but are unable to guarantee the quality of the recording).

The contact workshop will be running between 2-4 July 2019

Dates and timings*

For more information on delivery and cost please visit the Massey University course site


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