Penn Vet to Offer Reproduction, Behavior Short Courses

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's (Penn Vet) Hofmann Center at New Bolton Center is offering seven short courses on equine reproduction and behavior this spring, including stallion handling, horse behavior, and mare and foal management.

The continuing education courses are open to veterinarians, owners, breeders, trainers, stallion handlers, vet techs, behavior specialists, and vet students and residents.

“Our participants tell us that they particularly enjoy the combination of small group classroom presentations and discussions, along with hands-on labs and demonstrations,” said Sue McDonnell, MA, PhD, Cert. AAP, founding head of Penn Vet’s Havemeyer Equine Behavior program at New Bolton Center. “Instructors can customize the material to each participant’s needs and interests.”

Courses and dates include:

  • Just Stallion Handling—Feb. 27-28 (advanced) and March 13-14 (basics)
  • Breeding Management of the Mare—March 5
  • Mare and Foal Behavior and Management—March 11-12
  • Horse Behavior Modification—March 31-April 1
  • Horse Behavior—April 28-29
  • Natural Horse Behavior Field Study—April 30-May 4

Course instructors will include:

  • McDonnell, adjunct professor of reproductive behavior
  • Tamara Dobbie, DVM, staff theriogenologist and director of the Hofmann Center
  • Patricia Sertich, MS, VMD, Dipl. ACT, associate professor of large animal reproduction
  • Regina Turner, VMD, PhD, Dipl. ACT, associate professor and interim section chief of reproduction and behavior
  • Kristina Whitesell, DVM, resident in large animal reproduction
  • Jennifer Linton, VMD, resident in large animal reproduction
  • Rick Ladow and Jim Morris, experienced stallion handlers

For registration and information, visit or call 610/925-6203.

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