University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Breeding Soundness Evaluation of Bulls

Practitioner Short Course — April 24-26, 2017
Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM)

For more details about registration and fees for this short course, please contact: 

Jackie Bahnmann, Continuing Education Co-ordinator, WCVM

Instructors (WCVM)

Course Description

This course is intended for veterinary practitioners who are in need of refresher course in bull breeding soundness evaluation (BSE).

WCVM clinician will instruct attendees in all aspects of the BSE including the following: 

The objective of this course is to provide a level of competence so attendees can confidently conduct breeding soundness evaluations. This includes the ability to determine the cause of and the prognosis for most of the abnormalities encountered during routine examinations.

Course Format

Attendees will spend at least one third of their time in the field performing BSEs where they will move sequentially through a series of stations performing several tasks in conjunction with and under the direct supervision of a WCVM clinician.

Those tasks include:

The remainder of the course will be spent in the classroom with approximately eight hours of lecture and group discussion about the science of breeding soundness and approximately eight hours of multiheaded microscope time to study sperm morphologic defects and complete sperm morphology counts.

Continuing education credits


Accommodation and Meals

Housing and food are the responsibility of the attendee. For trips to the field, it is recommended that participants bring a bagged lunch.

Days in the field can be long — attendees must be prepared to be away for as much as 12 hours. During days at the college, appropriate lunch breaks as well as morning and afternoon breaks will be given. A number of food options exist on campus and in the surrounding area.

Additional requirements

Attendees are expected to bring their own coveralls and rubber boots. Enough clothing for three field visits is recommended. Weather in April can vary from summer to winter conditions, so please bring appropriate head wear and jackets.

Please bring along your own copy of the Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners' (WCABP) Bull Breeding Soundness Manual (Third Edition). This manual is available from the WCABP or the University of Saskatchewan's Bookstore.