Artificial Insemination Online Course

Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Artificial insemination (AI) is widely used in most domestic and even wild animal species. The reasons for use of AI instead of natural breeding are diverse and different for the various species. As in humans, AI can be used as a tool to increase conception rate in animals that have fertility problems. This is usually performed in companion animals such as horses and dogs, where individuals are important as breeding animals. In these situations, breeding animals are mostly chosen on performance and pedigree instead of breeding soundness. Breeders can go through a lot of effort to produce offspring from a specific dam or sire, irrespective of potential reproductive problems.

This course is not intended to replace practical workshops, but to provide students with a thorough understanding and knowledge of the different applicable practices in artificial insemination across a range of domestic species. Students are encouraged to participate in any practical workshops they can access.

Detailed Course Outline

This course is made up a number of lessons or units. Each having self assessment questions, set tasks (practical homework), and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

There are 10 Lessons in this course:

Introduction to Artificial Insemination in Animals

  • Definition of Artificial Insemination
  • Background on Artificial Insemination in Animals
  • Advantages of Artificial Insemination
  • Disadvantages of Artificial Insemination
  • The Milestones of Artificial Insemination in Animals
  • AI techniques in different species
  • AI techniques in the dog
  • AI techniques in horses
  • AI techniques in sheep
  • AI techniques in cattle
  • AI techniques in pig
  • AI in other species
  • The use of epididymal spermatozoa in AI
  • Use of sexed semen for AI
  • AI Legislation
  • Conclusion

Female Anatomy and Reproductive Endocrinology

  • Reproductive Systems
  • Female Reproductive Anatomy
  • The Ovaries
  • The Ovum
  • The Ovarian Cycle
  • The Estrus Cycle
  • Signs of Estrus or Heat in Various Species
  • Breeding Seasons and Breeding Cycles
  • Fertilisation and Implantation
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Diagnosis
  • Gestation Period

All About Semen

  • The Male Reproductive System
  • Spermatozoids
  • Semen: Collection, Storage and Preservation
  • Semen Collection
  • AI Sire Selection
  • Semen Collection Options
  • The Artificial Vagina
  • Digital Manipulation
  • Electro-ejaculation
  • Repeated collections
  • Semen Handling with Collection and Insemination
  • Semen Storage
  • Semen Preservation: Freezing Processes
  • Semen Quality Analysis

Getting Ready for Artificial Insemination

  • AI Technician: Confidence and Technique
  • AI Facilities
  • Management of Sires and Dams
  • Correct Semen Handling
  • Area and AI Kit
  • Frozen Semen Straws
  • Equipment Required fro Thawing and Inseminating Frozen Semen

Artificial Insemination in Cattle

  • Insemination Technicians
  • Semen Collection and Storage in Cattle
  • Heat Detection
  • Heat Signs and Detection

Artificial Insemination in Sheep and Goats (and touching on alpacas)

  • Factors Affecting AI
  • Insemination Technicians
  • Semen Collection and Storage
  • The Estrus Cycle
  • Goats
  • Estrus Detection for AI
  • Sheep
  • AI methods available
  • Equipment needed for AI
  • Vaginal or Cervical AI in Small Ruminants
  • AI on Alpacas

Artificial Insemination in Pigs

  • Semen Sources
  • Reproductive Systems in the Sow
  • Swine Estrus Cycle
  • Timing of AI
  • Equipment
  • Inserting the Catheter
  • Attaching the semen bottle

Artificial Insemination in Dogs

  • Ethics and Role of AI in Canine Breeding Programs
  • Semen Collection and Evaluation
  • The Estrus Cycle in Canines
  • Signs of Heat
  • Timing of AI
  • Insemination techniques in dogs

Artificial Insemination in Rabbits

  • Sperm Production in the Buck
  • Methods of Semen Collection
  • The Female Reproduction Cycle
  • Timing of Artificial Insemination
  • Artificial Insemination

Artificial Insemination in Horses

  • Stallions
  • Semen Handling
  • Extending semen for use within 8 to 10 hours
  • Extended, chilled semen for use 10 to 72 hours after collection
  • Extended, chilled semen for transport
  • Centrifugation of semen
  • Frozen semen
  • Quality control
  • Composition of transport media for use with fresh or chilled semen
  • Management and Handling of Mares Inseminated Artificially
  • Facilities Required for the AI of Mares
  • Equipment needed for insemination
  • Preparation of Mares to be inseminated Artificially
  • Timing of Inseminate with Frozen Semen
  • Preparation of Frozen Semen
  • Insemination of the Mare

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.


Course Tutors

Dr Karen Catchpole  B.VSc. (Hons)

Karen brings to Careerline great experience and expertise in animal Science. Karen is a practicing veterinarian, now in her own small animal hospital, after working in varied roles over 17 years since graduation from Sydney University with first class honours.  Karen continues to maintain active involvement in education in both professional development and in tutoring both vocational and university students.  Karen's field of expertise is in internal animal medicine & surgery of cats & dogs.

Dr. Karin Dreyer-Haasbroek  B.V.S.   M.Sc.  (Parasitology)

Karin’s love and passion for animals stem from growing up on a farm in South Africa. After gaining her Veterinary Science degree she worked in mixed general practice while completing a master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology. Living and working in South Africa exposed Karin to a vast range of experiences in the clinical veterinary field: treating patients ranging from marmoset monkeys to lions to the everyday cat, dog or horse. Two years as a Laboratory Vet resulted in helping farmers tackling livestock health problems in a variety of farm production systems. Since her move to Western Australia with her family, Karin has been working in a small animal practice.  During her 20 years as a vet, she has been involved in several research projects and the tutoring of students in various fields of animal science. She enjoys mentoring students and sharing her knowledge and she loves helping students flourish and realise their full potential.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.