In her farewell class announcement, Dr. Peggy Root said: "Some people have asked if this course will be offered again or if there will be a follow-up course. It is being decided now whether or not this course will be offered again. I will take your suggestions and make some improvements in this course. There will not be a follow-up course with significantly different content offered in the near future because teaching in this venue is not my “day job” and I just don't have time to create and teach another course." In addition, Dr. Root has discovered that the vibrant and interested canine breeder community is a treasure-trove of information, and has invited us to participate in a survey regarding breeding practices that she will distribute over the summer.
While the fate of the course is uncertain, Dr. Root encouraged us to continue our learning, and advised that "The Society for Theriogenology also sponsors a Breeders Forum every year in concert with the veterinary meeting; this year, it is in Louisville, Kentucky in early August and details can be found at www.therio.org". Registration information for the Canine and Feline Breeder Initiative sponsored by the Society for Theriogenology is found here, along with a contact name for additional information. The one day program will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville, KY. Cost for the program is $150, and includes lunch. The seminar starts at 8AM and a copy of the day's seminar topics can be found here.
I have emailed Dr. Root and asked her if I could either host or link to the class materials from my website, and I am awaiting a response. My hope is that if she provides approval, all the class notes, PPT slides and further discovery answers that were part of the original course will be made available to my WSS friends and web site readership. The section on progesterone testing and AIs is extremely helpful information that we should all know-that lesson alone was instrumental in my most recent breeding plans.
Finally, I encourage ALL of you to check out the courses at Coursera.org and just sign up to take one - it is a rare opportunity to learn something you always wanted to know, and you can't beat the price-it's FREE.