From Domestication to Inbreeding: Population Genetics and Companion Animals

Part of the Genetics for the Behavior Consultant series

Course date: September 12, 2016 -- October 2, 2016
Instructor: Jessica Hekman, DVM, MS

Although a very detailed, voluminous, and technical subject, Dr. Hekman found a way to make the material enjoyable and understandable."

Kathy Reilly, CDBC, CBCC-KA

Probably the best on line program I have ever had the pleasure to participate in."

Steve Robinson, BS, MBA, CDBC

How does evolution work and what do we know about how domesticated animals evolved, particularly those highly studied dogs? How do we learn about evolutionary changes that happened thousands of years ago, before recorded history? How do new traits, like new coat colors, spread through populations? And what does all this mean for how we breed domesticated animals today?

In this class, you will learn about:

How does evolution work and what do we know about how domesticated animals evolved, particularly those highly studied dogs? How do we learn about evolutionary changes that happened thousands of years ago, before recorded history? How do new traits, like new coat colors, spread through populations? And what does all this mean for how we breed domesticated animals today?

This course will help you:

This is a three-week course.

Expectations

Prerequisites

This class presumes no previous knowledge of genetics. However, the curriculum design is intended to be flexible and to support students learning at different levels. Specifically, the student-driven question structure is intended to give you the chance to learn about the related topics that interest you. If you're wondering if this class is right for you, feel free to ask: jph@dogzombie.com.

Dr. Hekman's classes are not lecture-based. She provides a few short mini-lectures every week to give an overview of the material, but the bulk of your learning will be from reading and watching the class materials and discussing them with other students. Her classes tend to be very interactive, with an emphasis on understanding the material more deeply.

Class schedule

The class will start on September 12, 2016 and close on October 2, 2016. The course online materials will become available on 9/12/16 at 12:00 am PST.

Pricing

Full Course (Assignments and participation required – receive certificate of completion and CEUs) - $240 for non-members, $180 for IAABC and KPA members.

Audit (No CEUs and certificate and no requirements) - $30 for non-members and $20 for members

Online Course Cancellation Policy:

CEUs: 12 for IAABC and KPA, CCPDT

Syllabus

For more detailed information on the course, you can download the syllabus (PDF).

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About the Presenter

Jessica is a veterinarian currently pursuing a PhD in genetics. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master's degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program. She is now enrolled in a PhD program in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her lab studies a group of foxes (often known as the "Siberian silver foxes") which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. Her ultimate goal is to find genetic causes of fearfulness in dogs, to work with behaviorally challenged shelter dogs, and to help people better understand the science behind dog behavior.

She lives in Urbana, Illinois with her husband and two dogs. You can follow her on Twitter @dogzombieblog or read her blog at http://dogzombie.blogspot.com.

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