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Animal Breeding Courses

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Why Learn about Animal Breeding?

Animal breeding is more than just livestock production. Animal science involves precise plans to understand the genetic improvements, breeding values, and even molecular genetics of the animals we use for food. Humans have relied on domestic animals for centuries, and animal health is a top priority as we handle population growth. Animal production is part of a comprehensive plan of food production. Genetic diversity and disease resistance is part of a larger picture of food security. Animal welfare is also part of the picture as we reckon with our needs. It's critical to improve our understanding of animal populations and build even better husbandry practices. From farm animals to breeding animals, the genetic value and heritability of desirable traits are a vital part of creating sustainable practices. Our understanding of genetic selection continues to evolve. EdX offers courses and certifications designed in partnership with leading institutions in the field. You'll learn the foundational skills you need to work in husbandry, genetic research, or animal welfare. You'll gain the knowledge from your home and on your own schedule.

Animal Breeding Courses and Certifications

Wageningen University offers a certification in Animal Breeding designed to teach you the foundations. You'll learn about population genetics and animal welfare in husbandry. You'll learn how animal breeding affects different animal populations, and you'll understand the impacts of the industry. The entire course series is designed to give you a complete understanding of the animal husbandry industry. You'll proceed through fundamental skills and learn about the future of animal breeding through genetic modifications. You'll also understand how to evaluate animal breeding programs. The certification course helps you understand how to get the latest genetic advances to the farmer and how genetic variation could produce healthier, more productive animal populations.

Explore a Career in Animal Breeding and Genetics

The United States has a responsibility to its growing population as do countries around the world. Through selective breeding and the expertise of geneticists, we could develop new techniques to increase livestock production and handle the growing need for food security. Whether it's building up the milk yield of dairy cattle or breeding more productive livestock, a thorough understanding of breeding could help companies battle climate change and other obstacles. You could help build better breeding practices and standards for a healthier industry. Let edX.org help you develop your knowledge and experience so that you can make a difference.