ASC209 Horse Breeding Technologies (8)

This subject builds on previous studies of equine reproduction and explores the theory and application of assisted equine reproductive technologies. As part of this subject, students develop practical skills in stallion semen collection, evaluation and processing, semen transport, semen freezing and thawing and artificial insemination of mares. Oestrous synchronisation and advanced reproductive technologies such as embryo transfer, oocyte pickup, Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer (GIFT) and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) are also studied. This subject provides students with valuable hands-on skills, while broadening their knowledge of more advanced and emerging technologies in equine reproduction. 

Subject availability
* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
One session
School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Enrolment restrictions

Enrolment is restricted to students enrolled in the  Bachelor of Equine Science, Bachelor of Equine Science (Business Management), Bachelor of Animal Science, Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours) and Bachelor of Veterinary Technology.

( ASC106 or ASC206 or ASC148 ) and ( ASC210 or ASC261 )
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to outline and demonstrate the processes of stallion semen collection, evaluation, processing, freezing, storage and thawing;
  • be able to describe procedures for the appropriate management and transport of frozen and chilled stallion semen;
  • be able to outline the management of mares for an artificial insemination program to maximise the pregnancy rate (this includes performing artificial insemination of a mare in an aseptic manner), and devise management plans for given broodmare scenarios;
  • be able to distinguish and describe the various different methods of oestrous synchronisation in mares;
  • be able to differentiate and describe the various advanced reproductive technologies available for use in horses and compare and contrast their use in practice; and
  • be able to assess the legal and ethical aspects of reproductive management of horses.
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Stallion semen collection, evaluation and freezing.
  • Managing semen transport.
  • Semen handling for insemination.
  • Mare Artificial Insemination (AI), embryo transfer, other advanced reproductive techniques in horses.
  • Legal and ethical aspects of reproductive management in horses.
Residential School
This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

The Residential School will give students training and assessment in skills of equine semen collection, semen assessment, semen processing for chilled shipment, semen freezing, semen thawing and artificial insemination.  Students will be trained in each of these six practical skills then allowed an opportunity to practice the skills under supervision. 

Special Resources

Travel to and accommodation is required for distance education students attending the compulsory residential school at a CSU campus.

Online students will be required to attend a Residential School which may incur travel and accommodation costs.

Closed-in stout leather shoes or boots must be worn when working with horses. Clean overalls with long sleeves are compulsory for this subject. When working with horses it is a requirement that all students wear an Australian Standards approved hard hat AS 3838. You may also use helmets considered acceptable by Equestrian Australia – these include NZ 3838, ARB HS 2012, ASTM F1163, PAS 015 and VG01.040.

Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.