University of Nebraska
Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center

Strengthening Herd Reproductive Strategy with Pregnancy Diagnosis

February 25-26, 2016


Course Content

The presentations will focus on reproductive strategies and implementation of newer technologies for use in pregnancy diagnosis. The idea is not to replace your arm, but to augment current practice and expand the significance and influence of the information you provide to clients. Guest lecturers will cover new information on reproductive research and management strategies, provide an overview of the pregnancy diagnostics available, and the implementation of these technologies into private practice. Educational presentations from ultrasound and blood diagnostics companies will also be presented.

The two day course will begin with registration at 6:45 a.m. on Thursday, and conclude Friday evening.

Ultrasound Lab

Two lab sessions will be conducted, utilizing various extended arm ultrasound machines to diagnose pregnancy in fall-calving cows. Blood diagnostic company representatives will be available to answer questions as well. During this time, real-time data collection utilizing chute-side apps will be introduced. Using the data to aide in decision-making will be stressed. The goal is to not only provide immediate answers for clients, but to also provide some information that may affect management decisions.

Participants should be prepared for winter conditions and plan to bring boots and coveralls.


Robert Coffey, DVM
Fred Muller, DVM - Cattle Strategies, PLLC
Robert Cushman, PhD - USDA-ARS U.S. MARC
John Pollak, PhD - USDA-ARS U.S. MARC
Richard Funston, PhD, - UNL-West Central Research & Extension Center
Richard Randle, DVM, MS - UNL-Lincoln
Tom Geary, PhD - USDA-ARS Fort Keogh
Juan E. Romano, PhD, DVM, DACT - Texas A&M Univ.
Dale Grotelueschen, DVM, MS - UNL-GPVEC
Brian Whitlock, PhD, DVM, DACT - Univ. of Tennessee

Steve Johnson - UNL-GPVEC

Registration fee is $375 and includes:

  • Meals
  • Lecture Materials
  • Housing in GPVEC Residence Hall (space limited).  Please contact GPVEC to reserve Residence Hall accommodations.

Course limited to 24 participants

Registration deadline:  February 15, 2016

The seminar will be held at the University of Nebraska Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center (GPVEC), located on the premises of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (U.S. MARC) near Clay Center, Nebraska.

For more information contact GPVEC at 402-762-4500.