Typically Offered: Each Spring semester as a 3-day course (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) during the week of Spring break.
Prerequisites and Other Registration Restrictions: Pre-requisites are Animal Science (11:067:142) and Animal Reproduction (11:067:327). Having had experience with large animals, e.g. Animal Practicum sections CA or HO is helpful. Registration is by special permission through Dr. Westendorf (Bartlett 213F, 732-932-9408; email@example.com)
Format: Techniques of artificial insemination are taught using classroom instruction and "hands-on" with dairy cattle in eastern PA (Doylestown, Skippak, Manheim).
Description: Students receive training in dairy cattle anatomy and physiology, semen storage and management and artificial insemination technique. Precision Diagnostics personnel, assisted by Dr. Westendorf, teach the course.
Examinations: Grading is based on a written test and success in "hands-on" insertion of an AI rod and proper semen deposition. Students successfully completing the course receive a grade from Rutgers and certification from Precision Diagnostics.
Other Requirements: Precision Diagnostics charges a fee covering training materials and equipment. Costs for lodging, transportation, meals, etc. are also the responsibility of the student.