Coursera – Canine Theriogenology for Dog Enthusiasts – University of Minnesota
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Genre: eLearning Video / Veterinary Science, Dog

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
This course is appropriate for anyone who has knowledge of basic biology and has an interest in dogs. Because this may encompass veterinarians, veterinary technicians, dog breeders, and dog lovers of many other kinds, we are likely to have participants with widely ranging views and experience, and may be able to learn much from each other. While we hope that all of you will engage with the entire course, you may wish to pursue different options depending on who you are, your time, and your specific interests. Please review this page carefully to learn how to get the most out of this course.
What you’ll learn (and what you won’t learn)
The main purpose of this course is to help you better understand your dog’s health, specifically as it pertains to reproduction. In this course you’re likely to meet and engage with veterinarians, veterinary technicians, dog breeders, and dog lovers of many other kinds. As we explore the course materials together we will:
use knowledge of dog anatomy and reproductive biology and physiology to answer questions about reproduction in the bitch and stud dog, including breeding management and diseases of the reproductive tract. Using scientific terminology and knowledge results in better understanding of reproduction in dogs, and better communication between veterinarians and their clients.
seek understanding about controversial topics related to dogs and reproduction (e.g., spaying and castration) and discuss the science behind them, with a goal of understanding different perspectives and why people disagree.
find and evaluate resources to answer advanced questions about reproduction in dogs (if Further Discovery questions completed).
What you won’t learn (and why): This course is not intended to provide you with training in veterinary procedures. The practice of veterinary medicine is regulated legally at the federal and state levels in the United States, and of course there are different laws and regulations for each country. In this course we’ll focus specifically on the United States. In general, to diagnose, prescribe medications, or perform surgery, you must be a licensed veterinarian. To practice any aspect of veterinary medicine without a license is to break the law. You will see that I often suggest you work with your veterinarian about specific topics discussed in the course and that is a purposeful reminder of the need to stay within the law.
You may find information in this course or in outside resources that disagrees with information you receive from your veterinarian. Veterinary medicine is a continuously changing field, as new scientific information is discovered and reported every day. Veterinarians are happy to learn about new research and can help you understand the value of information you find in outside resources, some of which may reflect good science and some of which will not.
You may have an interest in some topics that will not be covered in this course. These include abnormalities of development, pregnancy termination and pregnancy loss, genetics, puppy care, brucellosis and other specific infectious disease conditions, and infertility. Information about these topics is available in The Dog Breeder’s Guide to Successful Breeding and Health Management and in other resources.
What we’ll do each week
There are six modules in the course, each intended to be completed over one week. For any given module you’ll view video lectures and other materials, test your knowledge with quizzes and case studies, and engage in discussion. For more detailed information, please make sure to review each module carefully.
Learning objectives provide a general orientation to the module, as they describe what you will able to do after reviewing lectures and course materials and completing learning activities.
Module materials include: video lectures, written course notes with associated images, and demonstration videos. We’ve also created a course glossary to help you clearly understand medical terminology.
Test your knowledge with multiple choice quizzes.
Integrate what you have learned by exploring and responding to case studies.
Use discussion forums to pose questions, post relevant material, and interact with others.
The list above includes the core elements of the course. In addition, we provide an extra exercise:
Further Discovery is for advanced students. For this activity, students integrate what they’ve learned in the modules and what they’ve learned by exploring on their own. Further Discovery is directly modeled on a teaching method used in veterinary college to help veterinary students learn how to stay current and address questions when they are practicing veterinarians. This method is a powerful way to help students demonstrate increased knowledge of course material. This activity will not be graded. However, it will be available to everybody to view, and if you wish, to provide general feedback.
How to get the most from this course
I understand that some of you are experienced dog breeders or have veterinary training. You may wish to skip around in the sessions and not read or watch all materials. However, I strongly suggest that you read and watch all materials in sequence and answer all questions yourself before reading my response. If you work through the questions on your own and with others before you read the answers I provide, you’ll learn more.
Learning from us and from others

Discussion forums: For each week there is a discussion forum, a place to ask questions, post your thoughts about the week’s topics, and vote on the best questions and comments. Questions and comments should focus on the week’s topics. Please do not ask questions about your own animals, as I cannot give you appropriate feedback about your own animals without having seen them. Twice a week, I will respond to the most common and the most interesting questions. Be sure to post, and to vote!
Please observe good etiquette on the forums: be respectful towards others, do not use profanity, and do not write in all capital letters.
Interacting with the instructor: I will monitor the forums, and post responses to common and interesting questions twice a week. I will also post answers for case studies and the Further Discovery questions. Unfortunately, I cannot address all of your comments and questions because of the sheer volume, but I am very interested in your contributions and wish to respond to the best of my ability.
Working with others enrolled in the course: Students enrolled in MOOCs often form working groups on their own, and outside of Coursera. You might want to seek out other students with common backgrounds and interests. For example, veterinary students might want to work together, or you might want to seek out other breeders from organizations to which you belong. There are also advantages to form mixed groups of veterinarians, vet students, and breeders. Other groups might form around the convenience of being in the same region or time zone. Please feel free to organize discussion boards and meetups on your own.
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