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Equine Genetics

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Date(s) - May 7, 2018 - July 29, 2018
This is an online course

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Equine GeneticsThe prospect: a horse’s genes determine its potential; from Grand Prix jumper to reining champion, from the perfect child’s pony to the Kentucky Derby winner. In the study of equine genetics, we examine how each horse is a product of its genes. In this course we will examine how the genetics of a horse influence its potential to perform, render it susceptible to disease or unsoundness or curse it with a genetic disorder. This course will take you from simple Mendelian inheritance and medical genetics through the polygenic determination of coat colour and into the quantitative traits such as performance determined by the interaction of multiple genes and the environment. The course will also examine the significance of pedigrees, methods of parentage testing and how breeds are genetically distinct.

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The goal of this course is to enable you to understand important concepts of equine genetics and how they relate to the selection and breeding of horses.

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Explain the fundamentals of Mendelian genetics and how they apply to the expression of genetic disorders and determining coat colour.
  • Explain the concept of heritability for quantitative traits such as conformation and performance, how it is applied in a breeding program and what it means in terms of the relative contributions of genetics and the environment.
  • Describe DNA testing and parentage verification of horses.
  • Investigate and discuss the development of breeds and how selection, reproductive isolation, and bottlenecks contribute to the genetic identity of a breed.
  • Compare and contrast the genetic connections and distinctions between the various species that are all considered to be members of the genus “Equus”.

Quizzes (40%): There will be five online quizzes. Each quiz consists of a number of true or false statements and multiple-choice questions which cover the weekly unit material.

Final Quiz (20%): A final quiz will consists of a number of true or false statements and multiple-choice questions which cover the weekly unit material.

Participation(10%): Your grade is based on your participation in class discussions in response to class learning questions and your reflections on the information provided by other student postings. Guest Speakers are invited into the course to interact with students on specific topics; your participation is also graded on your contribution to questions posted to the guest speakers.

Major Assignment (30%): You will choose one of five topics presented, research and write a 750 – 1000 word essay.

Instructor: Dr. Dianne Winkelman Sims

Dr. Dianne Winkelman Sims is a geneticist by training with a BSc in Genetics from the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Guelph, an MSc in Animal Breeding from the College of Agriculture at the University of Guelph and a PhD in Genetics from the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. She comes to this course with a lifetime of involvement in horses. Dr. Winkelman Sims is currently a sessional lecturer responsible for the development and delivery of Equine Studies courses and supervision of undergraduate equine theses as part of the Animal Science degree program at the University of Saskatchewan. My life’s philosophy is “learn to live and live to learn”; and, thus, I am dedicated to education participated as both an educator and an educate. I look forward to every class as a learning experience.

Early Bird Fee: $495 (Cdn)

Regular Fee: $549 (Cdn)

Registration is limited to 60 students.

There are no international student fees and we welcome students from across the world.

You will find the registration page at our new OpenEd Student Portal – register for the Equine Genetics course.

There is no required textbook for the Equine Genetics course

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You will find the registration page at our new OpenEd Student Portal – register for the Equine Genetics course.

Equine Genetics can be taken as an single course or as an elective course in the Diploma in Equine Studies  and Equine Science Certificate

 

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