PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University animal science experts are offering an artificial insemination short course in Pullman, Aug. 11 – 13. The course will be taught by David deAvila, a WSU research technician who has extensive experience in AI and in teaching AI to WSU undergraduates. The course will be limited to 20 people and the deadline to enroll is July 15.
Tuition is $400 per person, regardless of time of arrival, which covers animal costs and supplies. The minimum age for participation is 15; all students under the age of 18 must have to have a parent or designated guardian with them.
WSU professor of animal sciences Kris Johnson said, “Some people will want to learn this from the beginning while others just need a refresher. Artificial insemination providers used to offer this info, but some don’t have the facilities any more. We wanted to meet the needs of smaller producers in the industry.”
Participants may arrive at their convenience and join the class from Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. through Friday at noon. Course organizers strongly recommend that people with no AI experience come on Thursday for the extra time and instruction. Those looking for a refresher course are advised to arrive no later than noon on Friday. Classroom instruction in reproductive physiology, semen handling, estrus synchronization and heat checking will be given.
To enroll, go to www.ansci.wsu.edu and click the AI School link to fill out the registration form. The deadline for registration is July 15 and no refunds will be given. Registration is transferable. The course organizers will maintain a waiting list in order to accommodate as many people as possible.