EQUINE REPRODUCTION

AGR2EQR

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces reproductive anatomy and physiology of the breeding animal and relates this to their management and selection. The importance of maximizing reproductive efficiency as a management goal and identifying key areas that contribute to reproductive inefficiency in the horse are explored. Practical skills in managing procedures relating to equine reproduction are undertaken in a simulated and real workplace environment.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SBATE or requires Subject Coordinator approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsThis subject is taught at the Epping campus of Melbourne Polytechnic. The student is expected to work with live animals. All use of animals is regulated through the Scientific Procedures Licence and The Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes. Practical classes may be held at a number of different properties, some owned by Melbourne Polytechnic and others covered by Memorandums of Understanding with Melbourne Polytechnic. Practical classes may also include site visits to suitable industry enterprises. Students will need to make their own way to the practical sites at their own cost. Students should also be aware that practical classes in this subject form part of the assessment.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Equine breeding management and artificial insemination

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorSamper, J

Year2008

Edition/Volume2ND EDN

PublisherSAUNDERS, PHILADELPHIA, PA

ISBNN/A

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The horse from conception to maturity

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorRossdale, PD & Bailey, M

Year2002

Edition/Volume2ND EDN

PublisherJ.A. ALLEN & CO., LONDON

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Current therapy in equine reproduction

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorSamper, JC, Pycock, JF & McKinnon, AO

Year2011

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherSTATE UNIVERSITY PRESS, ARNES AI

ISBNN/A

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Equine reproductive physiology, breeding and stud management

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorDavies Morel, MCG

Year2015

Edition/Volume4TH EDN

PublisherCABI PUBLISHING, WALLINGFORD

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Equine reproduction

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorMcKinnon, AO, Squires, EL, Valla, WE & Varner, DD

Year2011

Edition/Volume2ND REV EDN

PublisherIOWA. STATE UNIVERSITY, PRESS, ARNES AL

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Discuss theoretical knowledge of the basis of inheritance and genetics for breeding.
02. Apply knowledge of equine reproductive management to practice.
03. Review advantages and disadvantages of breeding techniques and the implications for horse breeding.
04. Discuss the relationship between the endocrine systems that regulate reproductive physiology and behavioural changes in horses.
05. Coherently explain the physiological rationale behind selection of stud stock.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping (Melbourne Polytechnic), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDimuthu Wijesinghe

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via blended.
Delivered as either face-to-face or as a pre-recorded lecture

PracticalWeek: 30 - 42
Twelve 3.00 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
Practical at Melbourne Polytechnic's Equine Facilities or other suitable equine facilities. Practical classes will be capped at 20 per class. Where there are more than 20 enrolments, extra practical classes will be scheduled.

TutorialWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.
Delivered as self- directed learning tasks to be completed from prescribed texts or on line using student management systems

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Assessed tutorials/workshops (1,500-word equivalent). Written and practical assessments

N/AOtherIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Report (1,500-words). From a selection of horse breeds, description of selected animals will be reported on describing reproductive physiology observed on farms where different breeding techniques are utilised

N/AReportIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

One 1.5 hour written examination (1,500-word equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5