Advanced Mare Reproduction – A 2-Day Practical Course

Date: Fri 31st Aug 2018 - Sat 1st Sep 2018
Venue: Swiss National Stud & Instit. of Equine Medicine, Avenches
Location: Western Switzerland (Bern, Geneva, Basel, Zurich Airport)
Accredited Hours: 4 Bildungspunkte (Pending)
Course Language: English (German Moderation)
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet CHF 650.00
CHF 720.00
CHF 1290.00
CHF 1420.00
2nd vet, same clinic CHF 620.00
CHF 685.00
CHF 1230.00
CHF 1350.00
BEVA Member CHF 560.00
CHF 620.00
CHF 1095.00
CHF 1210.00
Student CHF 130.00
CHF 150.00
Intern (Requires Certification from Clinic) CHF 360.00
CHF 360.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 22nd July 2018
Registration Deadline: Friday 3rd August 2018

* VAT (= MWST/MOMS/SALES TAX) will only be added for certain UK vets attending courses abroad and for all  attendees when attending courses in the UK.


Fri 31. August - 1. September 2018 - A 2-Day Practical Course

Please be aware that there are only a limited number of BEVA spaces available.


This two-day practical course has been developed for equine veterinarians and mixed animal practitioners with a working knowledge in the field of mare reproduction and provides a critical update on the management of mares for natural breeding / artificial insemination, on different causes that lead to mares being barren and how to investigate and treat these problems (incl. hysteroscopy).  The 2nd day will focus on the pregnant mare with foetal sexing, different pregnancy-related problems and peri-partum emergencies (incl. dystocia & retained foetal membranes etc.).

The highly-illustrated lectures will be held in English (without translation but with German moderation) in the mornings.  In the afternoons, 7 hours of practical / case-based sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on barren and pregnant mares in small groups (2 – 4 attendees / ultrasound machine) and to discuss all aspects of mare reproduction with the specialists.  Each attendee will be rotating through the following practical stations:

  • Ultrasound of the barren mare (incl. doppler)
  • Management of Mares & Uterine Sampling Techniques – Swabbing, flushing & biopsies
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Transrectal Ultrasound – Assessment of the Foetus & Utero-placental Unit
  • Foetal Sexing
  • Oocyte/ embryo collection and handling

The course fee includes lunches at a restaurant, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance. Attendees can choose to only attend the lectures (= Lectures Only) on this course or can register for the entire course (= Lectures & Practical Sessions).  Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

This course is suitable for RCVS Modules:  B-EP.3;  C-E.5;  C-E.9;  C-E.10;  C-E.11;  C-E.15;  C-E.16

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    James Crabtree
    BVM&S, CertEM(StudMed), MRCVS

    United Kingdom

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    James graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in 2001 after which which he spent four years in mixed practice before leaving for a stud season in Victoria, Australia with Dr John Hyland, specialist in Equine Reproduction. On his return to the United Kingdom, James joined Dr Jonathan Pycock at Equine Reproductive Services, a private first opinion and referral equine practice based in Yorkshire. During the Southern Hemisphere stud seasons he has worked for Hamilton Veterinary Services, New Zealand and as a consultant stud veterinarian with Dr Lee Morris at EquibreedNZ and Dr Erick Klaui at The Flying Dutchman Australia. In 2009, in association with Balinmore Stud and AI Centre, James set up a stallion semen freezing unit. In 2010 he was awarded the RCVS certificate in Equine Stud Medicine and in 2011 was made an associate lecturer at Liverpool University. James lectures regularly on the national and international stage and has published peer reviewed material on the breeding soundness examination of the stallion, peri-partum problems in mares, granulosa cell tumours and persistent endometrial cups. He also contributes widely to the popular press with articles on many subjects from bent legs in foals to embryo transfer and embryo freezing. James continues to perform practice based research utilising the most current techniques in equine reproduction and has a particular interest in Doppler ultrasonography, stallion management, the late term pregnant mare, ovarian pathology and orthopaedic disorders of the foal. James is currently lead consultant at Equine Reproductive Services.

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    Tom A.E. Stout
    VetMB, MA, PhD, Dipl.ECAR, KNMvD

    The Netherlands

    European & KNMvD Specialist in Equine Reproduction
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    Tom qualified from Cambridge University's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. He performed his PhD, also at Cambridge, on 'Maternal Recognition of Pregnancy in the Mare' under the supervision of Professor W.R. 'Twink' Allen at the Equine Fertility Unit in Newmarket funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board. After a short period as Lecturer in Animal Reproduction at Cambridge Tom moved to Utrecht University to become a lecturer in equine reproduction. In 2007, he was appointed to the Chair of Equine Medicine and Reproduction at the Department of Equine Sciences and also to an extraordinary Chair in Reproduction at the University of Pretoria, Department of Production Animal Sciences. 
    Tom is a Diplomat of the European College of Animal Reproduction (ECAR) and a Royal Dutch Veterinary Association specialist (KNMvD) in Equine Reproduction. He runs a busy clinical discipline working on all aspects of equine reproduction, with increasing emphasis on assisted reproduction and diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Tom's research interests are focussed on fertilisation, early embryonic development and early pregnancy loss in mares and in the relationships between semen quality and fertility in stallions. He is also involved in studies into semen quality and early embryonic development in farm animal and wildlife species and contraceptive techniques for the management of wild animal populations.

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    Dominik Burger


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    Dominik graduated from the University of Berne in 1988 and worked there at the Equine Clinic primarily in the field of equine medicine and exercise physiology. From 1992 to 2011 he was based at the Swiss National Stud in Avenches, responsible for the Research Program, the EU accredited Equine Reproduction Unit and the associated Equine Clinic with its ambulatory service at the racetrack of IENA. Since 1 January 2012 he has worked in the new ISME combining the equine clinics of the Vetsuisse Faculty Berne and Avenches, where he is responsible for the Swiss Equine Research Network. He was President of the Veterinary Commissions of the Breeding association for Swiss sport horses 2005–2012. As an ex-eventing rider, Dominik Burger retains a strong interest in sport horses and holds the position of team vet in both the Swiss eventing and endurance teams. Since 1992 he has been involved in the training and management of their horses at the European and World Championships as well as several Olympic games.

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    Carolina Herrera


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    Carolina obtained her degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since the year 2000 she has worked at applying assisted reproductive techniques in bovine, equine, southamerican camelids and endangered species. During her first years as an embryologist, she worked at Halitus Instituto Medico in Buenos Aires, Argentina producing bovine, equine and llama embryos by In vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). From 2010 to 2013 Carolina was the director of the Biotechnology Area at Cria Tanoira Embriones, where she worked exclusively with Polo Argentino horses. During this period, she dedicated most of her efforts to set up the embryo sexing technology by preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and producing foals by ICSI. Nowadays, Carolina works as a research assistant at the Assisted Reproduction Area of the Clinic of Reproductive Medicine of the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Zurich and at the Swiss Institute of Equine Medicine (ISME) of the University of Bern.

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