Introduction to Canine Breeding and Transcervical Insemination (TCI) - Sept. 16-17, 2021


An Introduction to Canine Breeding and TCI

RACE Approved: 16.0 Hours

Course Description

A two-day course includes lectures in the morning and hours of hands-on laboratories each afternoon in performing vaginal cytology, vaginoscopy and transcervical insemination using video material and live, recovery animals.  Breeding management, semen collection, assessment, handling and preparation of semen for AI and chilled shipment will be covered.  Laboratory time gives participants a chance to develop basic TCI skills that will equip them with the knowledge and confidence to start practicing TCI in their own clinical setting.  Breakfast, breaks, and lunch are included in the registration.

Courses are only open to veterinarians and their technicians.

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Day 1

8:00 am: Breakfast, Introductions and Overview of course

8:15 am: TCI overview: Anatomy, Equipment, Technique

10:00 am – Break

10:30 am – Laboratory 1: TCI practice and Storz equipment demonstration

12:30 pm – Lunch

1:00 pm – Breeding management and Vaginal Cytology

2:15 pm – Break

2:30 pm – Laboratory 2: Vaginal Cytology: Taking a smear, Vaginoscopy +/- Biopsy demonstration

3:30 pm – Laboratory 3: TCI practice

5:30 pm – TCI video and questions

Day 2

7:30 am – Breakfast

8:00 am – Semen Collection and assessment in the dog

8:45 am – Laboratory 4: Semen Collection demonstration, assessment, preparation for AI and chilled shipment.

Microscope: Sperm motility, morphology, hemocytometer counts

10:30 am – Break

11:00 am – Laboratory 5: Pre-breeding considerations

12:00 pm – AI in the bitch: Vaginal and intrauterine (TCI) insemination

12:30 pm – Factors affecting reproductive performance

1:15 pm – Lunch

2:00 pm – Laboratory 5: Vaginal AI and TCI practice

4:00 pm – TCI technique, Video material on TCI and final Q+A

5:30 pm – Conclusion

Dr. Fiona Hollinshead BVSc (Hons), MACVSc, PhD, DACT

Dr. Fiona Hollinshead graduated from The University of Sydney, Australia in 1996 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honors) and in 2004 with a PhD in sperm sexing and assisted reproductive technologies. Fiona completed a clinical residency in Theriogenology at Cornell University in 2006 and in the same year became a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists and a Registered Specialist in Small Animal Veterinary Reproduction with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council. Fiona has a strong interest in canine semen biology and reproductive technologies as well as clinical research, teaching and clinical service. For the past 12 years Fiona managed a rapidly growing small animal reproduction referral practice in New Zealand called “Glenbred” that was initially founded by Dr Marion Wilson who originally developed the TCI technique in bitches. During this time Fiona was the reproductive consultant to the New Zealand Guide Dogs, MPI Detector Dogs and the New Zealand Police and detector dog breeding units, which involved the production of over 350 puppies per year with the majority of breeding performed with frozen semen imported from other international agencies. Dr Hollinshead has published 7 book chapters in the field of small animal reproduction and over 55 scientific and clinical refereed publications in small animal reproduction and artificial assisted technologies. Dr Hollinshead is passionate about providing excellent continuing education to veterinarians and offering the very best clinical service and advice to pet owners and breeders. Her goal is to provide pertinent continuing education to veterinarians and owners and conduct novel and clinically relevant research.

Dr Greg Burns

Dr. Greg Burns is a board certified Theriogenologist (reproductive specialist) originally from Phoenix, Arizona. He received his D.V.M. from Colorado State University in 1996 and entered small animal general practice in Phoenix. Upon returning to Colorado in 2000, he worked as an associate veterinarian at a small animal practice in Fort Collins. In 2002, Dr. Burns became a partner in the practice and served as medical director, a position he held for 18 years. During this time, he developed the small animal reproduction department which included an international semen freeze and storage facility. It was also during this time that Dr. Burns completed the mentorship residency program through the American College of Theriogenologists and became a board certified Theriogenologist. He has been performing transcervical insemination in the canine for 20 years and has TCI experience in other species as well (including Amur Tigers!). He has been an affiliate faculty member at Colorado State University since 2019 and permanent faculty member since 2020.

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Refund and Cancellation Policy

Course cancellation could occur if registrations fail to meet minimum numbers 30 days prior to the course.
If a course is canceled for any reason, we are not responsible for any charges related to travel.
Refunds are available for cancellations made 35 days prior to the beginning of the course. Cancellations less than 35 days before a course are nonrefundable but may be partially transferrable to a future course.

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