ASC209 Horse Breeding Technologies (8)


This subject explores the theory and application of assisted equine reproductive technologies. As part of this subject students develop skills in stallion semen collection, evaluation and processing, semen transport, semen freezing and thawing and artificial insemination of mares. For  students studying this subject by distance education there is a compulsory 3 day residential school.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ASC209
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Students enrolled in the  Bachelor of Equine Science, Bachelor of Animal Science, Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Veterinary Technology.
(ASC106 or ASC206 or ASC390) and ASC261

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to perform and describe the process of semen collection, evaluation, processing, freezing, storage and thawing;
  • be able to describe procedures for the appropriate management and transport of frozen and chilled semen;
  • be able to describe the management of mares for an artificial insemination program to maximise the pregnancy rate (this includes performing artificial insemination of a mare in a sterile manner);
  • be able to describe the various advanced reproductive technologies available for use in horses and their use in practice; and
  • to be able to describe common reproductive diagnostic and treatment procedures in mares.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Semen collection
  • Semen evaluation
  • Semen freezing
  • Managing semen transport
  • Ultrasonic imaging in mare reproduction management
  • Semen handling for insemination
  • Artificial insemination
  • Embryo transfer and other advanced reproductive techniques
  • Legal and ethical aspects of reproductive management in horses

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. The Residential school will give students training and assessment in skills of semen collection, semen assessment, semen processing for chilled shipment, semen freezing, semen thawing and artificial insemination.  Students will be trained in each of the six practical skills then allowed an opportunity to practice the skills under supervision. 

Specialised Resources

This subject has a compulsory 3 day residential school


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.