Advanced Animal Reproduction (VETS8008)


This unit of study provides a comprehensive programme on basic and applied aspects of male and female reproductive biology, with particular emphasis on livestock and domestic animals. The fundamental topics include reproductive cycles, sexual differentiation, gametogenesis, fertilization, embryo development, gestation and parturition. An understanding of the applications of advanced reproductive technologies is developed through lectures, tutorials and the assignments. In addition, practical instruction is given on semen collection and processing, manipulation of the reproductive cycle, artificial insemination, and pregnancy diagnosis in sheep and pigs. Classes are held at the Camperdown Campus in Sydney and at the Camden Campus Animal Reproduction Unit and Mayfarm piggery.

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Lectures 2 hrs/week, tutorials 1 hr/week, practicals 3 hrs/week.


Written and oral assignments (30%), mid-semester written exam (15%), end of semester written exam (55%)


Senger, PL 2013, Pathways to pregnancy & parturition 3rd ed., Current Conceptions Inc.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

ANSC3104 or equivalent


ANSC3002, ANSC3102

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.