An Introduction to Canine Breeding and Transcervical Insemination (TCI) - Sept. 28-29, 2020

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 animals.

Course Dates: September 28-29, 2020

RACE Approved: 16 CE hours (program # 37445)

Registration Fee: $2,100


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 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 practising TCI in their own clinical setting.  Breakfast, breaks, lunch and evening reception included in the registration.  



September 28, 2020

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 1TCI 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

September 29, 2020

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


Lead Instructors: Fiona Hollinshead BVSc (Hons), PhD, DACT, Dr Greg Burns DVM, DACT and Dr Richard Wheeler DVM, DACT

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.

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Refund/Cancellation Policy:

  •        Course cancellation could occur if registrations fail to meet minimum numbers 30 days prior to the course.
  •        If a course is cancelled for any reason, we are not be 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.