Management of Infertility in Cattle

This course is archived. Certificates will not be issued for this course.

Course Description

Animal Husbandry is making a significant contribution to the national economy and socio-economic development of most developing and under developed countries. Dairying contributes significantly to the sustainable development goals proposed by the United Nations. The average milk production per crossbred and indigenous cow is 7.6 litres/day and 3.8 litres/day respectively in India. Currently the average coverage of Artificial Insemination breedable population is 28% in India. Dairy cows should calve once every year to maximize the production to have economic efficiency. Infertility among dairy animals continues to be major bottleneck in achieving this target.

Similar situation prevails in other Asian and South African countries. Practicing veterinarian can directly make a change in the livestock sectors by improving fertility in bovines. This series of lectures covers six topics of infertility problems faced by the field vets. This agMOOCs has focused all the aspects of managing infertility and its current approaches to the specific topics. Hence the vets across Asia and Africa can get benefited and make the difference in their performance in achieving greater fertility in animals to improve the farmers’ economy.

The course will cover economic importance, etiology, diagnosis and treatment of repeat breeding syndrome in cows. Anestrum - its types, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Endometritis - types, incidence, etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, therapeutic approach and prevention. Cystic ovarian degeneration - predisposing factors, classification, pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Congenital and acquired defects - defects of ovary, oviduct, uterus, cervix, vagina and external genitalia, segmental aplasia of mullerian duct and hereditary forms of infertility. Estrus synchronization - principles, benefits, criteria for controlled breeding, synchronization using prostaglandin and progesterone and synchronization of ovulation.

Course Content

  • Repeat breeding syndrome in cows 
  • Anestrum
  • Endometritis 
  • Cystic ovarian degeneration
  • Congenital and acquired defects of reproductive tract    
  • Estrus synchronization

Course Audience

  • Practicing Veterinarians 
  • Pre final, final and internee veterinary students 
  • Veterinarians working in State Animal Husbandry Departments, NGOs and Development   Departments 
  • Veterinarians working in State Veterinary Universities / State Agricultural Universities / Veterinary Colleges

Outcomes of this Course

  • Diagnosis and treatment of repeat breeding syndrome in cows using recent therapeutic protocols
  • Types of anestrus and their remedial measures
  • The significance of subclinical endometritis and tackling clinical and subclinical endometritis in bovines
  • Treatable and non-treatable cases of cystic ovarian diseases in cows and buffaloes
  • Sterility due to congenital and acquired lesions and recommendations for culling 
  • Application of oestrus induction protocols in the treatment of infertility cases in bovines


Qualifying registered learners will be given certificates based on their involvement and performance. Participation and Competency certificate will be issued by Centre for Continuing Education (CCE), IIT Kanpur, India, Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada and Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), Chennai, India.