Veterinary Embryology Masterclass

Course Information

A study of embryology gives understanding of the progressive development of the animal from the single zygote to stem cells through to tissues, organs to body form.

The 5-day masterclass offers comprehensive insights into the scientific intricacies of foetal development, and also looks at teratology & reproductive toxicology. An ensemble of academic specialists will combine lectures, practical exercises and group discussions throughout.

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Who Is The Course For?

The course is of particular interest to clinical and non-clinical research & development professionals in such area as pharmaceuticals & diagnostics. With a firm basis on reproductive genetics, genomics and toxicology, the programme is suited to sectors in fertilisation, immunology and animal health.


Topics include:

  • An overview of mammalian reproduction the anatomy and physiological processes.
  • Description of gametogenesis, fertilisation and implantation.
  • Understanding processes in embryogenesis and organogenesis. Give examples of the congenital malformations of some organs.
  • Understanding the structure and functions of the placenta.
  • Description of the genetic determinants of body form and axis determination.
  • The factors and tissue interactions that produce a normal fetus, including a cascade of gene expression, growth factors and hormones.
  • Regulation of differential gene expression during development. Molecular mechanisms controlling cell movement, cell adhesion, cell migration, cell communication and the process of induction.
  • Principles and mechanisms of teratology and toxicology.
  • Chemicals, environmental pollutants, metabolic imbalance, infectious agents and therapeutic drugs.
  • Organogenesis and teratogenic effects, such as cyclopia.