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Diploma in Bovine Reproduction

A Diploma in Bovine Reproduction (DBR) is a master’s degree awarded for a postgraduate programme in bovine health research.

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Course overview

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.

Introduction

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.

Who is this course for?

This course is for veterinary graduates (who are able to apply for registration with the RCVS). You must have been working in a university for at least three years or for five years in general practice with a substantial component of cattle work.

While studying you must be able to maintain an involvement in bovine fertility work throughout the duration of the programme and carry out regular fertility work in at least three cattle herds, each of reasonable size. Consideration may be given to candidates with less than five years’ experience who have sufficient farm animal experience

 

What you'll learn

  • 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.

Accreditation

Diploma in Bovine Reproduction, a qualification recognised by both Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and European College of Animal Reproduction (ECAR).

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Course content

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Year one

The programme is structured around the reproductive cycle of the cow with modules focussing on a key period in the cycle or factor effecting fertility. Each comprises a residential week, with pre-week guided reading and access to speaker presentations.

All modules are mandatory and taken in sequence as they follow a logical build accumulation of knowledge and skills that follows the reproduction cycle of cattle.

Your dissertation will run over the full two years to allow data collection within the working period and will usually involve testing a hypothesis directly relevant to the clinical decision that you will need to make. You will receive guidance on literature searching, critical review of literature, study design, statistics, research ethics and the Animal Scientific Procedures Act.

Compulsory modules

The non-pregnant cow (DBRM611)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

This module is designed for master level veterinary graduates in clinical cattle practise to give up to date information regarding the endocrine control of reproduction in the non pregnant beef and dairy cow and a systematic approach to evaluating fertility on beef and dairy herds. The module comprises lecture and tutorials during a residential week at the Leahurst campus, and farm visits and guided group work to produce a farm fertility report. Assessment is via a fertility report for a beef and dairy farm, contribution to discussions and a MCQ.

NUTRITION AND FERTILITY (DBRM612)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

To give a comprehensive scientific and theoretical background with which participants will be able to assess and enhance their knowledge concerning nutrition of mammals. • To introduce candidates to new practical and communication skills while developing an enthusiastic approach to reproductive problems and research. • To produce postgraduates capable of an advanced level of veterinary/mammalian nutrition to meet market demand

POST-PARTUM COW (DBRM613)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

This module is designed for master level veterinary graduates in clinical cattle practise to give up to date information regarding the physiology and pathophysiology of the reproductive system in the post-partum beef and dairy cow. The module comprises lecture and tutorials during a residential week at the Leahurst campus, farm visits and guided group work to produce a farm fertility report. Assessment is via a fertility report for a beef and dairy farm, contribution to discussions and a MCQ.

THE BULL (DBRM614)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

This module is designed for Masterslevel veterinary graduates in clinical cattle practice to provide up todate information on physiology and pathophysiology of male reproductive system in cattle. The module comprises seminars during a residential week at the Leahurst campus and visits to a bull stud. Assessment is via i) Report clinical examination of bulls ii) Practical assessment of semen samples, iii) contribution to discussions and iv) a MCQ.      

GENETICS OF CATTLE (DBRM615)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

This module is designed for Masters level veterinary graduates in clinical cattle practice to provide up to date information on genetic assessment and selection of cattle. This includes the underlying science and recent developments including genomic selection. The module comprises seminars and practical session during a residential week at the Leahurst campus. Assessment is via reports on the genetic assessment of a i) dairy and ii) beef herds and recommendations for genetic improvement, iii) contribution to discussions and iv) a MCQ.

EARLY PREGNANT COW (DBRM616)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

This module is designed for master level veterinary graduates in clinical cattle practise to give up to date information regarding early pregnancy in beef and dairy cow including a systematic approach to evaluating fertilization and embryo survival in cattle herds. The module comprises lecture and tutorials during a residential week at the Leahurst campus. Assessment is via i) a technical report on the cost/benefit of pregnancy diagnosis in cattle and subsequent advice /decisions. ii) Report on findings of 10 cows using different methods of pregnancy diagnosis, iii) contribution to discussions and iv) a MCQ.  

LATE PREGNANCY AND PARTURITION IN CATTLE (DBRM617)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

This module is designed for master level veterinary graduates in clinical cattle practise to give up to date information regarding late pregnancy and parturition in beef and dairy cow including a systematic approach to evaluating parturition and perinatal mortality in cattle herds. The module comprises lecture and tutorials during a residential week at the Leahurst campus. Assessment is via i) Report of postmortem findings of two cases or perinatal mortality ii) Reflective portfolio of 5 cases of dystocia, iii) contribution to discussions and iv) a MCQ.

THE FUTURE OF CATTLE REPRODUCTION (DBRM618)

Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

This module is designed for Masters level veterinary graduates in clinical cattle practice to provide up to date information on recent advances in reproductive technologies, farm economics, management of heifers (young female animals) and business models for moving into consultancy work once graduated. The module comprises lectures and tutorials during a residential week at the Leahurst Campus. Assessment is via a farm report focussing on advising the farm regarding future options for animal health and the business and oral, written and practical examinations.

DBR Research Dissertation (DBRM621)

Credits: 60 / Semester: whole session

To introduce candidates to the skills of formulating a hypothesis, study design, research ethics, data gathering, analysis and presentation of findings in writing and orally. Critical review and survey of peer-reviewed literature will be introduced. Students in completing their dissertation will, with the support of their supervisor, carry out a study demonstrating the application of knowledge and a critical understanding of how professional knowledge and practice is advanced through research.

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

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The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

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Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

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All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Your experience

Our purpose-built Veterinary School and specialist Leahurst campus in the heart of the beautiful rural Cheshire countryside means you can get hands-on with animals from the start with teaching by University staff and invited external contributors, each a recognised authority in a specialised field. You’re getting full experience with the herds, and utilising your RCVS competencies from day one.

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An exciting place to study

  • Ranked consistently amongst the top Veterinary Schools in the world
  • Two on-site working farms, two referral hospitals, three first opinion practices
  • Top ranked Veterinary School for research in REF2021
  • Liverpool University Veterinary Society is the largest student society with a variety of special interest sub-societies
  • Access to Virtual Learning Environment as well as residential schools and clinical placements.

Careers and employability

Most Veterinary Science graduates are employed in general practice however graduates are increasingly tending to specialise in particular areas of farm or companion animal practice, and continue their professional development by studying for postgraduate certificates and diplomas awarded by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and at European level.

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Your future

As well as working in general practice, veterinary science graduates also work in veterinary and medical schools, medical research institutes and those institutes that deal expressly with animal health and disease. Some go into research at either universities or research institutes, or go into industry, animal charities (e.g. RSPCA) or Government bodies such as DEFRA.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)
Part-time place, per year £6,100
International fees
Part-time place, per year £12,400
The listed fee totals are inclusive of bench fees (£1550 per year of study - equalling £3100 in total).

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.

If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about paying for your studies..

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Additional study costs

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Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that could help pay your tuition and living expenses.


ANID Chile Scholarship

  • International students
  • Chile

Postgraduate taught and research students from Chile are eligible for this scholarship.

Chevening Scholarships

  • International students

The University, in partnership with Chevening, is delighted to offer this generous scholarship to students who are studying a master’s programme and who have future leadership potential. Please note that there is a fee cap applied to MBA programmes that requires applicants to cover any additional tuition costs over £18,000. You will still receive all additional allowances.

CONACYT Award

  • International students
  • Mexico

The University of Liverpool has an agreement with CONACYT to support postgraduate taught and research students from Mexico.

FIDERH Award

  • International students
  • Mexico

20% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate taught and research programmes. Must be Mexico national.

Fulbright Scholarship

  • International students
  • University of Liverpool alumni only
  • United States

One scholarship is available for a master’s student from the US and another is available for a postgraduate research student to undertake a three to six month research stay from the US

FUNED Awards

  • International students
  • Mexico

Up to ten awards are available for Masters or Research students from Mexico in receipt of FUNED loans. The award gives students a 20% reduction in fees for all applications received.

Graduate Association Hong Kong & Tung Postgraduate Scholarships

  • International students
  • China
  • Hong Kong

The University is able to offer competitive scholarships for both postgraduate taught master’s and research programmes.

HRM Princess Sirindhorn University of Liverpool Scholarship (Thailand)

  • International students
  • Thailand

The University is able to offer one award to a new postgraduate taught master’s student from Thailand.

The scholarship is open to all subjects offered as a one-year taught master’s programme.  However, priority will be given to those students who wish to study in a subject area associated with HRH Princess Sirindhorn such as science, IT, medicine, the arts, geography, history and languages.

JuventudEsGto Scholarship

  • International students
  • Mexico

Residents of State of Guanajuato, Mexico, wishing to study at postgraduate taught and research levels are eligible for this scholarship.

Marshall Scholarship

  • International students
  • University of Liverpool alumni only
  • United States

One scholarship is available for a master’s student from the US to cover the cost of tuition fees. Another, to the value of £20,000, is available for Doctoral study visit: https://www.marshallscholarship.org/

Turkish Ministry of Education Scholarship

  • International students
  • Turkey

Postgraduate taught and research students from Turkey are eligible for this scholarship, see the Turkish Ministry of Education website https://meb.gov.tr/ for more information.

University of Liverpool Humanitarian Scholarships for Master’s Programmes

  • International students

The three awards available cover full tuition fees, visas and support for accommodation and living expenses.

This scholarship is open to support people who have recognised status as either refugees or are under humanitarian protection under the 1951 Refugee Convention. This status must be held outside of the UK.

The scholarship is open for all postgraduate-taught programmes, excluding medicine, dentistry, veterinary and nursing.

University of Liverpool International College Excellence Scholarship

  • International students

The University of Liverpool will award five University of Liverpool International College students, who achieve the highest academic excellence (minimum 75%) in their UoLIC Pre-Master’s programme, the prestigious UoLIC Excellence scholarship.

University of Liverpool International College Impact Progression Scholarships

  • International students

University of Liverpool International College recipients of the Kaplan awards will receive the £3,000 Progression Impact Scholarship, deducted from first-year tuition fees, on successful progression to their UoL degree programme.

To be eligible for our Impact Progression Scholarships, students must apply for one of the Kaplan Impact Scholarships demonstrating their commitment to making an impact across issues of importance to the University and Kaplan. Themes include:

Sustainability
Women in STEM
Community
Career Focus (Employability)

Vice-Chancellor’s International Attainment Scholarship for China

  • International students
  • China

Details are:
1 (one) Full scholarship
2 (two) £10,000 scholarships
5 (five) £5,000 scholarships
10 (ten) £1,000 scholarships
All scholarships will be awarded after the formal registration at the University and will take the form of a fee waiver.

Please note: This scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarships or bursaries provided by the University.

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Postgraduate entry requirements

You must have been working in a university for at least three years or for five years in general practice with a substantial component of cattle work.

Consideration may be given to candidates with less than five years’ experience who have sufficient farm animal experience

International qualifications

If you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but don’t meet our entry requirements, a Pre-Master’s can help you gain a place. This specialist preparation course for postgraduate study is offered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. Although there’s no direct Pre-Master’s route to this Diploma in Bovine Reproduction, completing a Pre-Master’s pathway can guarantee you a place on many other postgraduate courses at The University of Liverpool.

English language requirements

You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language. International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.

English language qualification Requirements
INDIA Standard XII National Curriculum (CBSE/ISC) - 75% and above in English. Accepted State Boards - 80% and above in English.

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new application cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted on the website.

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