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NOVA Master's Course "Dog Breeding and Genetics" - Still Some Available Places

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    Gisle Bjørneby

The course will take place on 4-8 Jun. 2018 in Hafjell/Øyer, Norway.
Deadline for applications: 8 Apr. 2018

The course is of 5 ECTS and is organised by Prof. Odd Vangen, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU).

NOVA course information web page

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Course Description
The course will cover important topics within dog breeding and genetics, topics that are important for a future ethical and sustainable dog breeding in the Nordic countries. Hence, the objective of the course is to provide a platform for more sustainable and ethical dog breeding.

Within animal breeding in general, the Nordic countries have proved a high genetic level combined with high ethical standards in production. The criteria of “sustainable breeding” have been defined, quantified and put into practice, not at least through cooperation with the respective universities and their research programs. The importance of these aspects of dog breeding will be well integrated into the course through the following topics:


  • Ethical dog breeding
  • Breeding goals in dogs
  • Genetics of performance, conformation and behavioural traits
  • Genetics of health traits
  • Color genetics
  • Breeding for behavior
  • The role of dog shows
  • Molecular developments and dog breeding
  • Breeding plans
  • Inbreeding and small populations
  • Crossbreeding and creation of new breeds
  • Status of dog breeding vs. farm animal breeding

Programme Outline
The course will be given one week in June as an intensive course with lectures 8.30-14.30 and seminars 15.00-18.00. Teachers from all Nordic countries will do the lecture part, while seminars will be teacher initiated but partly student driven. A representative from the Swedish Kennel Club will contribute on the course.

Main Teachers:

  • Professor Odd Vangen, NMBU, Norway
  • Professor Erling Strandberg, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden
  • Assist. prof. Katja Grandinsson Nilsson, SLU, Sweden
  • Professor Merete Fredholm, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Professor Pekka Uimari, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Professor Peer Berg, NMBU, Norway

Course Contributor:

  • Sofia Malm, Swedish Kennel Club

Please find more information on the course and on how to apply here:

Published 2. March 2018 - 10:02 - Updated 1. February 2019 - 12:59