ADP-21803 Reproduction and Fertility


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. NM Soede
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. NM Soede
BFA Laurenssen
Examiner(s)dr. ir. NM Soede

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This is an introductory course dealing with the reproduction and fertility of farm and companion animals. Important subjects are; sex determination, gametogenesis, cyclicity, fertilisation, pregnancy, birth process, including the endocrine regulation of these events. Also, the modern reproductive technologies are dealt with (e.g. in vitro fertilisation, in vitro culture, embryo transfer). Effects of environment (e.g. nutrition, season) on reproductive processes will also be taken into account.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- describe the anatomy of reproductive organs;
- use reproductive terminology;
- explain the physiological background of reproductive processes;
- explain how reproductive processes can be influenced by environmental and management factors.


Most of the course can be done in self study, based on the study handbook. In the meetings, specific topics will be presented and discussed. In the compulsory practicals, the students will learn about characteristics of reproductive processes and organs of various species and will acquaint themselves with some aspects of modern reproductive technologies.


Written exam (open questions and multiple choice questions) on the content of the presentations, book and pratical's.


Handout and manual for practical.
P.L. Senger. (2011). Pathways to pregnancy and parturition. 2nd ed. Current Conceptions Inc. 373p.

Compulsory for: BASAnimal SciencesBScA: Animal Management and Care6MO
Compulsory for: WUAFSBSc Minor Animal Production and Health6MO