Foaling and Foal Care Online Course

There are no continuing education credits offered for this course.

Course Description

The specific goals of the course are to provide practical information on care of the late-term pregnant mare, how to predict impending foaling, the normal series of events during an uneventful foaling, early recognition of a dystocia plus when/how to intervene and when to call for assistance, how to stimulate breathing to resuscitate a foal following birth, how to evaluate an equine placenta and recognize important abnormalities, review post-partum complications of the mare, discuss how to provide routine care to a newborn foal, outline common medical problems of neonatal foals, and review developmental milestones that occur during the first year of a foal’s life. This course is designed to provide foaling attendants with critical information needed to make appropriate decisions in difficult situations that will hopefully lead to a positive outcome regarding the health and well-being of both the mare and her newborn foal.

There is no prerequisite for this course.

The lectures will be available for viewing 24 hours per day, 7 days per week until further notice
A link to download additional course reference material (PDF files) will be available once registered
A Certificate of Completion will be emailed at the completion of the course
Registered participants can send questions by email and a response will be forthcoming within a few days




Dr. Patrick McCue

Race Approved CE

There are no continuing education credits offered for this course.



Course Type



  1. Care of the pregnant mare
  2. Prediction of foaling
  3. Normal foaling
  4. Dystocia management
  5. Dystocia management – A video tutorial
  6. ‘On-Farm’ foal resuscitation
  7. Placenta evaluation
  8. Post-partum issues
  9. Routine care of the newborn foal
  10. Medical problems of foals
  11. The first year of life

Dr. Patrick McCue


Dr. Patrick McCue graduated from veterinary school at the University of California, Davis, in 1986. He subsequently completed an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and a residency in Equine Reproduction at the University of California, Davis. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 1991 and received a PhD in Comparative Pathology, with an emphasis on reproductive endocrinology and ovarian pathology in the mare, from UC-Davis in 1992. McCue joined the faculty at Colorado State University in 1994 where he is the Iron Rose Ranch Professor of Equine Theriogenology. McCue teaches the core course in Theriogenology (the study of animal reproduction) to veterinary students as well as advanced courses and clinical rotations in Equine Theriogenology. He coordinates the clinical Stallion and Mare Services at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory and attends to dystocias, high risk pregnancies and other equine reproduction cases at the Colorado State University James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Additionally, McCue helps coordinate continuing education programs in Equine Reproduction for veterinarians and horse owners. McCue is the author or co-author of 10 books or eBooks, including Equine Embryo Transfer and over 300 refereed publications, textbook chapters, scientific proceedings chapters and abstracts. He has also written over 200 monthly columns called 'The Breeding Shed' for The American Quarter Horse Journal. Research interests include infectious endometritis, reproductive endocrinology, reproductive pathology, and embryo transfer. McCue has received the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award and the American Association of Equine Practitioners Teaching Award from veterinary students at Colorado State University and the 2017 Theriogenologist of the Year award from the American College of Theriogenologists for outstanding accomplishments in the field of Theriogenology. McCue has served on the Board of Directors or Organizing Committees for the American Association of Equine Practitioners, International Equine Reproduction Symposium, International Symposium on Equine Embryo Transfer, and the West Coast Equine Reproduction Symposium.

Participant Cancellation Policy: Course attendees can cancel their registration for an in-person course according to the following

  • Cancellation more than 60 days prior: Full refund minus 10% processing fee or 100% Future Transfer Credit (FTC).
  • Cancellation 30-60 days prior: 50% refund or 75% FTC.
  • Cancellations within 30 days: 50% FTC only. Cancellations due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Future Transfer Credits can be applied to any course within 365 days of the cancelled course.

Course Cancellation Policy: Course cancellations due to low registration numbers or other circumstances may be announced 35 days or more prior to the course. Full refund of the course registration or 100% Future Transfer Credit (FTC) will apply. We are unable to reimburse for travel expenses incurred.

Course Access Policy: 

Access to this course will expire one year (365 days) from the course’s end date. After this period, users will no longer have access to course materials, resources, and any associated content. It is the responsibility of the users to complete the course and download any materials including their course completion certificate.