Taught course

Bovine Reproduction

University of Liverpool · Faculty of Veterinary Science

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

This two-year, part-time Diploma in Bovine Reproduction provides postgraduate veterinary education in bovine reproduction health and is recognised by both the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the European College of Animal Reproduction. It’s delivered primarily at the Leahurst campus in the heart of rural Cheshire, 12 miles south of Liverpool which is home to two farms, two referral hospitals, and two of the Institute's veterinary practices.

Successful reproduction is the cornerstone of the dairy industry and the Diploma in Bovine Reproduction (DBR) programme has been successfully completed by over 100 vets, many being leading farm animal vets practicing in the UK whilst working in full time clinical practice. They have also contributed back into the course to maintain its relevance to modern cattle practice.

The course focuses on the study of reproduction in cattle, but it also includes reference to other species to establish biological principles or to illustrate concepts for which information is not available in cattle and also covers key areas impinging on fertility such as nutrition and infectious disease.

Gaining this qualification will mean that you will achieve a widely-based and deep understanding of bovine reproduction, enabling you to provide sound scientific advice to the cattle industry. After completing this course you will be able to apply in-depth knowledge of herd management and monitoring of fertility in cattle, artificial manipulation of reproduction in cattle, the principles of genetic selection for breeding purposes, analyse and diagnose the causes of infertility in herds and understand legislation as applied to the health, management, and welfare of cattle and food production in the UK.

The programme is modular in structure, with eight residential weeks spaced over two years.


  • Management and monitoring of fertility in the herd
  • Critically evaluate the role of the veterinary surgeon in planned cattle fertility management and production
  • Artificial manipulation of reproduction and its legislation; be able to apply this knowledge to herd management.
  • Reproductive management of herds, understand the principles of genetic selection for breeding; advise upon the pre-breeding assessment and evaluation for breeding purposes.
  • Causes of infertility in herds to evaluate reproductive performance of the herd and the individual and diagnose the causes.
  • Understand the legislation relating to the health, management, and welfare of cattle and food production in the UK.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Diploma
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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