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University of Minnesota

Canine Theriogenology for Dog Enthusiasts

University of Minnesota via Coursera

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Every dog owner should have some understanding of reproduction, whether they intend to breed that dog or just want to have their dog spayed or castrated. As a dog enthusiast, you want to know what is best for your dog and to understand your veterinarian’s recommendations. This course is intended to give you the background knowledge necessary to help you achieve those goals.

Students in this course will learn the basics of anatomy and reproductive physiology necessary to understand reproduction control, and the diagnosis and management of reproductive tract disease in male and female dogs. My goal is to provide you with background information that will help you work with your veterinarian to make the best decisions for your dog.


Week 1: Female dog anatomy / The estrous cycle

Week 2: Breeding management / Pregnancy and whelping

Week 3: Female dog reproductive tract disorders

Week 4: Male dog anatomy / Semen collection and evaluation / Artificial insemination

Week 5: Male dog reproductive tract disorders

Week 6: Contraception and sterilization of female and male dogs

Taught by

Margaret V. Root


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