Who is this course for?

Is this course for me?

Do you dread picking up the phone and having to answer questions regarding reproduction?

Whether you agree with dog breeding or not, the likelihood is that you will come across it when working in veterinary practice and will come into contact with different types of breeders.

The pandemic has certainly increased the number of dogs being bred -some are motivated by the high price’s puppies are now selling for and others don’t want to pay an inflated price for a puppy so decide to have a litter themselves.

Whatever the reason for breeding, veterinary professionals are in a prime position to promote responsible breeding.

Our online tutor for this course Kathryne has an extensive background and wealth of knowledge around canine reproduction that will help put your mind at ease!

This course has been written to give an overview of breeding, what’s normal and importantly what’s not.

It covers the breeding process from the bitch coming into season all the way through to weaning the puppies.

The whelping process covers a number of scenarios so hopefully the next time someone says there’s a whelping bitch on her way down to the practice, instead of having a feeling of dread you will be able to ascertain what is going on and deal with the situation effectively.

Unfortunatley, dogs can't read textbooks (wouldn't that be helpful!). This can make things difficult but this course will give you a greater confidence when working with breeding dogs.

All our courses include small bitesize videos with an accompanying workbook so you don't have to write a single word (unless you want an excuse to get your stationary out 😉)

What will I Learn?

This Course has 3 modules of content and this is a brief overview of what you will learn

  • The Oestrus Cycle and optimum mating time

  • Seasons and drugs

  • Stages of mating and artificial insemination

  • Conception and pregnancy diagnosis

  • Care of the pregnant bitch

  • Whelping preparation and problems explained

  • Intervention and Caesarean considerations

  • The nursing bitch

  • Care of neonates and common puppy problems

  • APGAR scoring and weaning

Some important points you need to know.

  • How long is this course and do I get a certificate?

    Upon completion of this 7-Hour on-demand CPD Course, you will receive a certificate to download and keep for your records.

  • How long do I have access to this course?

    Great news is that you have lifetime access with your enrolment, so completely learn at your own pace and no stressful deadlines.

  • What do I get with this course?

    This course comes with a comprehensive course workbook, interactive activities to complete and a 45 question multiple choice quiz at the end to release your CPD accredited certificate for 7 Hours/Credits.

  • How is this course presented?

    Our courses are more than just a webinar.

    You will be taken through easy to digest bitesize chunks of learning, via a series of informative tutor video presented slides.

    Research shows, that online learning knowledge is easier to retain and absorb if video content is used rather than just audio, which is easier to just switch off from and become distracted. This way you can have a human connection to your tutor which is so important.

    So that's what we do...



Kathryne Wrigley

I have grown up showing and breeding dogs and have a passion for Gordon Setters, currently owning six of them. I am a Kennel Club Assured Breeder and write the Gordon notes for the weekly dog paper. My parents were vets, I qualified as an RVN in 2005 and work in a busy small animal practice. My area of interest is canine reproduction and in 2008 I began Canine Antenatal clinics for novice breeders. Since then, I have trained in canine pregnancy ultrasound and run my own scanning business dealing with both experienced and new breeders, offering advice and support where needed. In 2010 I passed my Dog Breeding Diploma [Animal Care College] with distinction and over the years I have attended many breeding seminars to expand my knowledge. My aim is to promote responsible dog breeding and my motivation is ensuring the welfare of bitches and their puppies. I feel it is very important that veterinary professionals and breeders have a good relationship and are able to work together. My working day often involves helping my veterinary colleagues with a ‘scary breeder’, who usually turns out not to be so scary after all!

Don't just take our word for it..

5 star rating

Breeding and Whelping for Vet Nurses

Emma Collins

Incredibly helpful and insightful, I am really passionate about promoting responsible breeding and this course was excellent

Incredibly helpful and insightful, I am really passionate about promoting responsible breeding and this course was excellent

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5 star rating

Outcome 1,2,3

Sarah Evans

Excellent up to date evidence based CPD on breeding and whelping. Excellent speaker with outstanding knowledge. Would recommend this course for SVNs and RVNs...

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Excellent up to date evidence based CPD on breeding and whelping. Excellent speaker with outstanding knowledge. Would recommend this course for SVNs and RVNs keen on reproduction of the bitch and for those that work in an area that happens to see a lot of caesarians.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Workbook & Downloadable Content

    • Downloadable Workbook

  • 3

    Module 1: Seasons, Conception and Care of the Pregnant Bitch

    • Module 1 Introduction

    • Unit 1; Seasons and progesterone testing

    • Unit 2; The Mating and AI

    • Unit 3; Conception and pregnancy

    • End of Module 1, Summary

  • 4

    Module 2: The Whelping Bitch

    • Module 2 Introduction

    • Unit 1; Whelping preparation and equipment

    • Unit 2; The Whelping; normal, abnormal and caesareans

    • End of Module 2, Summary

  • 5

    Module 3: The Nursing Bitch and Neonate Care

    • Module 3 Introduction

    • Unit 1; The Nursing Bitch

    • Unit 2; Care of Neonates

    • End of Module 3, Summary

    • End of Course Quiz

  • 6

    Handy Youtube Videos

    • Golden Retriever successful mating/ Dekking Golden Retriever - YouTube

    • Boston Terrier Dog Transcervical Insemination *HD* - YouTube

    • Dog Has Amazing Birth While Standing!! - YouTube

    • Lhasa Apso whelping puppy birth assisting bitch, clamp, cord, airways - YouTube

    • How to Tube Feed a Puppy - YouTube

  • 7

    End of Course

    • Thank you!

Pricing options

Choose to pay for the course now, invoice your practice, or in easy to manage instalments. Same course same cost.