ADP-21803 Reproduction and Fertility


Studiepunten 3.00

Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. NM Soede
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. B Kemp
BFA Laurenssen
dr. ir. NM Soede
Examiner(s)dr. ir. NM Soede

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety


This is an introductory course dealing with the reproduction and fertility of farm and companion animals. Important subjects are; anatomy of reproductive organs, gametogenesis, cyclicity, fertilisation, pregnancy and birth process and includes the endocrine regulation of reproductive processes and some environmental influences (e.g. nutrition, season). Also some reproductive technologies (e.g. in vitro fertilisation, embryo transfer) are included.

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.


Much of the course can be done in self study, based on the reader and lecture notes on Brightspace. In the lectures, some topics will be discussed in more detail, including species-specific aspects of reproduction and fertility. In the compulsory practicals, students will get further insight in the anatomy of the reproductive system of several species and will gain insight/experience with the physiology of reproduction and early embryo development using a sow reproductive tract.


Written exam (open questions and multiple choice questions) on the content of the reader, lectures and practicals.


Reader 'Reproduction and Fertility', lecture handouts and practical manual in Brightspace.

Verplicht voor: BASAnimal SciencesBScA: Spec. A - Animal Management and Care6MO
Verplicht voor: WUAFSBSc Minor Animal Farming: Systems and Management6MO