MOOC Genetic Models for Animal Breeding

Understand the genetic and statistic principles that enable responsible animal breeding. Learn how to set up a breeding programme and apply genetic models and tools to predict the breeding value. Subscribe to this online course now.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research
Duration 6 weeks 4-6 hours per week
Certificate Limited course materials for free, full package (including exam and verified certificate)
Format Online
Credits Certificate
Group size >80

About this course

Animal breeding involves the selective breeding of domestic or livestock animals with the intention of improving desirable and heritable qualities in the next generation. This course introduces the steps required to design an animal breeding programme and teaches the genetic and statistical concepts needed to build a solid breeding programme. This course addressed the key factors for improving and increasing productivity and what it takes to create and maintain a healthy and strong population. You will learn how an animal breeder balances the need for improving the desirable qualities of the animals with the need for genetic diversity and the long-term sustainability of the breeding programme. You will learn about the scientific concepts in genetics that are applied in animal breeding, as well as how to apply the genetic models and computational methods that are used in animal breeding.

Professionals working with animals will be able to use the knowledge gained during this course to understand the impact of breeding on animal populations and to use genetic principles to help them make their decisions. This course will give you an advanced starting point for further studies, such as MSc-level programmes in breeding.

Knowledge of statistics at second or third-year university level is needed to follow this course successfully.

For whom

Although this course is open to everyone, it is particularly useful for breeders of:

  • Cows
  • Poultry/chickens
  • Horses
  • Pigs/swine
  • Dogs
  • Sheep
  • Goat
  • Fish
  • Prawns/shrimp

Professional Certificate Programme: Animal Breeding and Genetics

This course is part of the Professional Certificate Programme Animal Breeding and Genetics. Join the other course in the programme, Evaluating Animal Breeding Programmes, and advance your career as a breeder.

The course is developed with financial support and input from the Koepon Foundation and the African Chicken Genetic Gains project.

This course will teach you:

  • the steps required in setting up a breeding programme
  • the main concepts involved in animal breeding
  • how to applying genetic models and tools to predict the breeding value of animals
  • how to predict genetic change and/or inbreeding in populations

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