Over the years, PIG has designed and given more than twenty private and semi-private training courses to colleagues and dedicated breeders in many of the procedures that we perform. Most of these are provided at our facility utilizing, as needed, either our own animals or those belonging to the course participants. On occasion we have provided training overseas, provided that the facility has all of the required equipment and supplies. These courses range from one day to two weeks and are all custom-designed to meet the educational/experience level of the attendee(s) and their interests. All courses provide as much “hands-on” practice as might be desired, and include a reference binder with equipment and supply lists, extender recipes, sources for supplies with catalog numbers, appropriate scientific articles, diagrams and charts.
Attendees are responsible for their own transportation either to our facility or to Redding airport (through San Francisco). We normally arrange for and provide everything else, including airport pickup, lodging, and meals as part of the course cost.
One or two day courses to private breeders on training stallions to the dummy and in semen collection, processing, shipping and AI. Same type of course for dog owners.
Five day course to veterinary students at Oregon State University in bovine synchronization, superovulation, embryo transfer, and embryo cryopreservation.
Three to six day courses to veterinarians from several countries in equine semen cryopreservation, laparoscopic AI in sheep, bovine ET, and canine reproduction.
Week long course for the Government of Jamaica teaching their cattle AI technicians how to freeze goat semen and AI goats in the field.
We are currently designing a two-week course in dairy goat semen cryopreservation, AI, superovulation and embryo transfer for four individuals from Belarus, who operate the largest commercial goat dairy in that country, and have developed a line of transgenic goats that produce human lactoferrin in their milk. The goal is to rapidly expand those genetics to supply world demand for a rare and valuable compound.