The Problem Mare Online Course

Course Description

The goal of the course is to provide a broad review of reproductive issues in the non-pregnant mare. The course will start with an overview of techniques for reproductive evaluation of the problem mare and subsequently transition to discussions of issues with ovarian function, oviductal problems, uterine abnormalities, problems with the cervix, vagina and vestibule, and finish with discussions on behavioral abnormalities and finally problems associated with the mammary gland and lactation. There is no prerequisite for this course.




Dr. Patrick McCue

Race Approved CE

4.0 Hours



Course Type


1. Reproductive Evaluation of the Problem Mare
2. Ovarian Problems in Mares
3. Oviductal Problems in Mares
4. Uterine Problems in Mares – I
5. Uterine Problems in Mares – II
6. Cervical, Vaginal and Perineal Problems
7. Behavioral Problems in Mares
8. Mammary Gland Issues

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.