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-  just in time for stud season!

Held at EVDS Grafton, NSW, Australia

Co-ordinated by
Drs Jen Clulow and Oliver Liyou

Drs Jen Clulow, Chelsie Burden, Joan Carrick, and Dave Ahern.

17 hours of Lectures and 18 hours of practical session teachings from Specialists and Renowned Experts in Equine Reproduction

This course is suitable for new graduates through to experienced vets wanting to improve their reproductive standards and results.

  • 53 CPD points
  • 8 crushes and ultrasound machines/4-6 tutors/18 registrants
  • Notes, writing pads, certificates of attendance/day meals/sponsored dinners.
  • Recorded lectures may be available registrants later.
  • Lectures, practicals, and day meals all at same venue, so no downtime!
  • On-site massage chair, grandstand viewing of demos, live video big screen of demos!


Grafton is 2.5 hrs drive south of Gold Coast International Airport, or 50 mins drive north of Coffs Harbour Airport.

EVDS is 5 mins from accommodation venues and restaurants.

  • $6497 inc GST for the 4 days.
  • For registered Veterinarians only
  • Secure your seat with a 33% deposit TODAY and pay balance before May 30, 2022!

Questions? Please email


Dr. Jen Clulow BScAgr, BVMS, PhD, DACT

Dr. Jen Clulow BScAgr, BVMS, PhD, DACT
Dr. Jen Clulow BScAgr, BVMS, PhD, DACT

Senior Lecturer in Theriogenology

Jen is a Theriogenologist based at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga Australia.  Jen has extensive industry experience in both the Thoroughbred industry and the use of artificial reproductive technologies.  Jen has had the privilege of working alongside some of the best equine reproductive veterinarians in the world spending time at Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital, Hagyard Equine Medical, Equibreed NZ, Colorado State University and spent the last 7 years working at Scone Equine Hospital prior to moving to Wagga Wagga to teach a new generation of Equine Veterinarians.  Jen’s passion is using the artificial reproductive toolbox to solve problems in the broodmare and the stallion. 

Dr Chelsie A. Burden, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACT

Dr Chelsie A. Burden, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACT
Dr Chelsie A. Burden, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACT

Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

Dr Burden graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She subsequently completed an internship at Oklahoma City Equine Clinic followed by a residency and master’s degree at the Colorado State University Equine Reproduction laboratory. Dr. Burden became board-certified with the American College of Theriogenologists in 2015.

Dr Burden transitioned to Australia (Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital) following her residency. She continued transitioning between the southern and northern hemisphere breeding seasons working at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky, Haras Al Boraq in Morocco, and the University of Florida before settling in Australia in 2017. Dr Burden’s interests focus on the problem broodmare and assisted reproductive technology in the mare.

Joan Carrick BVSc, MVSc, PhD, Dipl.ACVIM (LAIM)

Joan Carrick BVSc, MVSc, PhD, Dipl.ACVIM (LAIM)
Joan Carrick BVSc, MVSc, PhD, Dipl.ACVIM (LAIM)

Australian Registered Specialist in Equine Medicine

Joan graduated from the University of Queensland’s Veterinary School in 1981, and was awarded a post graduate honours degree in Equine Medicine in 1984, for investigating the role of stress on the absorption of colostrum by newborn foals.  Joan spent 12 years working and studying in North American where she completed a residency in Large Animal Medicine and a Master of Veterinary Science at the WCVM, University Saskatchewan, Canada, for investigating the safe use of flunxin meglumine in newborn foals. In 1993 Dr. Carrick and was awarded a PhD by the University of Georgia, for investigating the effects of fish oils on the response of animals to endotoxin and then did a fellowship in critical care at the University of Tennessee Medical School and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Joan gained experience in gross and histopathology of neonatal foals, clinical pathology of endotoxic and septic shock horses as well as in clinical internal medicine of all large animals.

While in North America, Joan frequently lectured about inflammation, shock, intensive care and omega-3 fatty acids to veterinarians, human intensive care specialists and biomedical researchers in the USA, Canada and Europe.  In 1997, she returned to Australia to work in equine practice including at Oakey Veterinary Hospital and the University of Melbourne. Joan joined the Scone Equine Hospital in 2005 as the veterinary advisor for the SEH laboratory and to complete RIRDC funded research into placentitis. This research resulted in a very successful clinical program to identify and treat mares with high risk pregnancies. Joan is currently a specialist consultant who manages high risk pregnant mares. This involves investigating the causes of a pregnancy loss or delivery of a critically ill neonate, then monitoring and treating mares in subsequent pregnancies so that healthy foals are born.

Dr David Ahern BVSc (Hons1)

Dr David Ahern BVSc (Hons1)
Dr David Ahern BVSc (Hons1)

Scenic Rim Veterinary Services

Dr Dave Ahern graduated with first class honours from University of Queensland in 1998. Prof Trevor Heath described Dave as the most organised and motivated vet student he had ever known. Upon graduating, Dave worked in mixed practices for several years before starting his own practice from a bare piece of land on the outskirts of Beaudesert, Qld in 2002.

For the next 20 years he developed one of the most successful equine veterinary referral hospitals in the country - renowned for its high standards, great work environment, volume of cases, world class in-house standards of CPD. This, along with Dave’s leadership when it came to supporting his staff, creating loyal and raving fans, tackling complex, difficult and rare cases made his practice an esteemed place to work.

The reward for these outstanding levels of achievement whilst raising a family with his incredible wife Heather, taking on 2 business partners, plus beating cancer, came in 2021, when Scenic Rim Equine Hospital was sold for a record high price for an equine practice in Queensland.

Dave is considered an enigmatic genius by his peers with no postgraduate qualifications other than “a PhD in Results” having achieved levels of life fulfilment, contentment, and standards of excellence that the vast majority of us will only ever dream of.

His down to earth, “no BS approach” to teaching, plus his generous willingness to share his pearls of wisdom, many of which will not be found in textbooks, will make his tutoring and bonus evening talks at this event something you’ll never forget!


Day 1 – Thursday July 7


Registration – meet and great

Tea and Coffee



Introduction of the course, the registrants, the staff and speaker introductions


Drs Jen Clulow, Chelsie Burden, Joan Carrick,

Dave Ahern

9.00 – 10.00am

Understanding the mare’s reproductive anatomy & physiology

Lecture 1

Dr Clulow

10.00 – 11.00am

Cyclicity and hormones – How can we use them to our advantage

Lecture 2

Dr Clulow

11.00 – 11.30am:


Morning Tea


11.30 – 2:30pm:

Safe handling and restraint of mares for reproduction

Palpation and ultrasonography of the mare’s reproductive tract

Practical 1

Drs Clulow, Burden, Carrick, Ahern

2.30 – 3.30pm:




3.30 – 6.00pm:

Stallion breeding soundness and safe handling techniques

Semen collection

Basic semen handling

Practical 2

Drs Clulow, Burden, Carrick, Ahern

6.00 pm



7.00 – 9.30pm:

Bonus lecture from Dr Ahern

- Some unusual case presentations


Lecture 3

Dr Ahern

Day 2 – Friday July 8

7.30 – 8.30am

How to manage the broodmare for routine breeding

Fresh/cooled/frozen semen

Commonly used medications in equine reproduction

Lecture 4

Dr Clulow

8.30 -9.30 am

How to recognise and treat common reproductive problems in the mare

Lecture 5

Dr Burden

9.30–10.00 am


Morning Tea


10.00- 1.00 pm

Mare breeding soundness exam – sampling techniques

Palpation and ultrasonography of the mare’s reproductive tract

Artificial insemination techniques

Practical 3

Drs Clulow, Burden, Carrick, Ahern

1.00 – 2.00pm:




2.00- 4.00 pm

Semen collection

Semen analysis

Semen processing and handling techniques (cooled and frozen)

Practical 4

Drs Clulow, Burden, Ahern

4.00-4.30 pm


Afternoon Tea


4.30-5.30 pm

How to improve pregnancy rates with the post foaling mare

Lecture 6

Dr Clulow

5.30 – 6.30 pm

Caslicks demonstration and possibly practice on cadaver specimens?

Practical 5

Drs Clulow and Burden

7.30 – 9.30pm

Bonus Dinner Lecture from Dr Ahern

- Foaling and post foaling issues

Dinner Lecture 7

Dr Ahern

Day 3 – Saturday July 9

7.30 – 9.00 am

How to manage the stallion and semen processing to maximise pregnancy outcomes

Lecture 8

Dr Clulow

9.00 -9.30 am


Morning Tea


9.30–10.30 am

What is special about the Equine Pregnancy?

Lecture 9

Dr Carrick

10.30am-12.00 pm

How to successfully incorporate assisted reproductive technologies into your clinic

Lecture 10

Dr Burden

12.00 -1 pm

Anti-Microbial Stewardship and post breeding management

Lecture 11

Dr Clulow

1.00 -1.30 pm




1.30-5 pm

Palpation and ultrasonography of the mare’s reproductive tract

Pregnant mare examination – transrectal and abdominal ultrasounds

Post breeding treatments

Hysteroscopy demonstration

Practical 6

Drs Clulow, Burden, Carrick, Ahern

5-5.30 pm


Afternoon Tea


5.30 – 6.00 pm

Case Studies – Difficult mares

Lecture 12

Drs Burden and Clulow

7.00-9.30 pm

Dinner and Bonus Lecture from Dr Ahern – Managing Twins

Dinner and Bonus Lecture 13

Dr Ahern

Day 4 - Sunday July 10

7.30 -8.30 am

Problems during pregnancy and what you can do about them

Lecture 14

Dr Carrick

8.30-9.30 am

Case Studies – Stallions and pregnant mares

Lecture 15

Dr Clulow, Burden and Carrick

9.30-10 am


Morning Tea


10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Palpation and ultrasonography of the mare’s reproductive tract

Post breeding management of broodmares

Practical 7

Drs Clulow, Burden, Carrick, Ahern

1.00-1.30 pm




1.30-3.30 pm

Mares and Stallions wrap up – Final questions panel

Marketing of your Equine Repro Services

Lecture 16

Drs Clulow, Burden, Carrick, Ahern

3.30 – 4 pm

Afternoon Tea


4.00 pm


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