Genetic Models for Animal Breeding


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 free online course now.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research

di 8 januari 2019 until do 30 mei 2019

Duration This MOOC is open for enrollment.
Setup Online
Price description Free

Content of the course

Animal breeding involves the selective breeding of domestic animals with the intention to improve desirable (and heritable) qualities in the next generation. This course introduces the steps required to design a programme for breeding animals and teaches the genetic and statistical concepts that are needed to build a solid breeding program.

In this course, 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 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 models and computational methods that are used in animal breeding.

Professionals working with animals will be able to use the knowledge from this course to understand the impact of breeding on animal populations and use genetic principles to make their decisions. This course will allow you an advanced starting point for further studies, such as M.Sc. level courses in breeding.

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


Knowledge of statistics at a 2nd or 3rd year university level is needed to follow this course successfully.

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.

What you will learn

  • The steps required in setting up a breeding program.
  • Understanding of the main concepts in animal breeding.
  • Applying genetic models and tools to predict the breeding value of animals.
  • Tools to predict genetic change and/or inbreeding in populations.

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