Formal Catalog Statement:


5361 Theriogenology (5) 96 contact hours. Reproductive endocrinology and physiology, including pregnancy, parturition, and lactation; diagnosis, therapy, and control methods in theriogenology (animal reproduction); perinatology; embryo transfer in domestic animals; preventive programs.

Titles of Required Text




Suggested Texts/References

 Pathways to Pregnancy and Parturition 2nd Edition. Senger.


 Canine and Feline Theriogenology. Johnston, Root, Olson.


Small Animal Theriogenology. Root.


Current Therapy in Large Animal Theriogenology. Younquist


Equine Reproduction. McKinnon. Second Edition





1.       Reinforce reproductive embryology, anatomy and histology and how they relate to normal and abnormal reproduction.

2.       Introduce hormones and estrous cycles and how they relate to normal and abnormal reproduction.

3.       Learn normal breeding management and record management of the common domestic species.

4.       Introduce the male component of normal and abnormal reproduction.

5.       Introduce parturition, eutocia , and dystocia in the common domestic species.

6.       Learn about lactation in the common domestic species.

7.       Learn neonatology in the common domestic species.

8.       Learn about reproductive diseases and disorders that negatively affect normal reproduction.

9.       Introduce the veterinary specialty of Theriogenology and understand how it is involved in veterinary medicine.

10.   Introduce the language of Theriogenology so communication between the veterinarians and diagnosticians can be accurate and concise.

11.   Provide practical laboratory sessions in diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in the common domestic species.



Lectures, Exams, Labs and Lab Groups

Things I have tried and abandoned over the last 26 years

No Lectures

Why lecture???? I tried not lecturing for two years and the students hated it, because they thought I was just lazy for trying to lead class discussions on assigned readings and not lecturing.


Oral Exams

I tried oral exams for 3 years, but it stressed everyone out because they 'did not test well that way.' I have given up listening to complaints. Abandoned. All exams will be written.


I tried this for a couple of years. For each section of the course you would have a computerized ‘self assessment’, which you must get a passing percentage of 90% in order to take the next section’s exam. The computerized ‘self assessments’ would be generated randomly for each student from a pool of questions and could be taken on any computer with internet access. You were able to take each one as many times as you need in order for you to pass it. There were be no penalties! The subsequent section(s) would contain some comprehensive material from the previous section(s). You also had to pass one comprehensive ‘self assessment’ to be eligible to take the graded final examination. The sections of the course were General Reproduction, Equine, Small Animal, Bovine, Small Ruminant, Swine and Mastitis. After about three years it became apparent that many students were simply using a compiled set of questions to pass as many assessments as possible as close to the end of the course as possible. Abandoned.

The following format will now be used.

Dr. Eilts will lecture using the web and maybe PowerPoints. Others will lecture using PowerPoint.

Classroom Attendance

  Classroom attendance is important in that the laboratory portion of the course has been as carefully coordinated with the lecture portion as possible. If you miss class, you may miss the essential didactic knowledge needed to meaningfully participate in an ensuing lab. Quizzes to increase classroom attendance merely lead to blatant cheating by some, so those will be discontinued.

Lecture Exams

Midterm Exams

  • Exam 1 – 5 points/hour of lecture covered until that exam (13) = 65. Lectures though 8 AM 10/4/12.

  • Exam 2 - 5 points/hour of lecture covered until that exam (18) = 90. Lectures from 9 AM 10/4/12 through 10/31/12.

  • Questions on each exam (1, 2, and final) will be multiple choice, fill in the blank, short answer or essay.

Final Exam

  • 5 points/hour of lecture covered until that exam (21) = 105 Lectures from 11/5/12 through 11/30/12. 

Lab Quizzes

Attendance will be taken at any time during a lab. Attendance at every scheduled lab is mandatory! Missing a lab may require .  Failing to attend a lab may result in a one letter grade reduction in the course and an oral practical on that lab topic, and a paper to be written on that lab topic. If you 'oversleep' or 'foget' or 'miss' a lab, do not expect to attend the next one at your convenience. The labs are scheduled with small numbers of students in order to maximize your participation. If you ask to be included in another lab it dilutes the lab experience for those scheduled in that lab.  If you must miss a lab due to some circumstance, switch with someone one for one and notify each of the mentors by email. A laboratory practical exam will be given for the labs. It will be pass/fail. A score of 60% will be passing. Less than 60% will deduct one letter grade from your earned class grade. You will receive 10 points for verifying that your schedule contains all the different labs, (LA-  'Bovine 1', 'Bovine 2', 'Bull', 'Equine 1', 'Equine 2', 'Equine 3', 'Equine 4', 'Fetotomy', 'Obstetrics', 'Cytology for Mixed', 'Semen Evaluation', 'Semen Packaging', 'Stallion' , Lab Final; SA -  Semen Evaluation', 'Semen Packaging', A Cytology 1, SA Cytology 2,'TCI', Lab Final ). Check your lab schedules by 9/17/12 and sign in on Moodle and go to 'Lab Assignments' (it is listed as a 'quiz', but you will get the points if you answer either way). If you note a problem later, you will not get the points!


5 points/hour of lecture yields 65+90+105 lecture hour points = 260 total points.

Grading is on the standard School of Veterinary Medicine scale (fractions of 0.5 or more will be rounded up):


A- 92-100%

B- 83-91%

C- 74-82%

D- 65-72%

F- Below 65%

Lecture Schedule

Labs: See Labs

Lab Groups: See Labs

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contributed by Bruce E Eilts on 10 July 2012

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