Editor’s note: The following information is from the website of the Visual Guides of Animal Reproduction. This website is an amazing resource for veterinarians, vet students, vet techs and those involved or interested in equine reproduction. The following information is from the website. This project is seeking support of image collections as well as financial contributions to grow the database provided.
“The Visual Guides of Animal Reproduction, originally known as The Drost Project, began as a collection of images compiled by Maarten Drost over a period of 30+ years as a theriogenologist on the faculties of the University of California Davis and the University of Florida, as well as Utrecht University in The Netherlands and Colorado State University during sabbatical leaves. The foundation for this image atlas was laid during his stint as a visiting professor to Cornell University during the 1972/73 academic year, with numerous slides provided from the teaching collections of Dr. Stephen J. Roberts and Dr. Kenneth McEntee. Most of the images subsequently accumulated were generously contributed by friends and colleagues, and permission for their inclusion in this on-line guide has been granted. The images are categorized and each is given a title and an annotation and the original source of the image is acknowledged and referenced.
“The purpose of the Visual Guides of Animal Reproduction is to share these visual images with students and colleagues and other professionals around the globe. Initially the guide focused on bovine reproduction. Subsequently, we have added the guides for bubaline (water buffalo) reproduction, equine (horse) reproduction, ovine (sheep) reproduction, porcine (pig) reproduction, caprine (goat) reproduction, and canine (dog) reproduction. The Visual Guides will be expanded to include other species, including feline, avian, and camelid guides. Pictures documenting unique conditions and cases contributed by theriogenologists from around the world are included.
“Personal teaching slides are generally lost when educators switch to other pursuits or retire. Even when left to designated successors, images are of limited use unless they are annotated and catalogued and made available. In time we hope that continuing to combine individual collections will result in a broad, global educational resource. With the extensive globalization of education it is our goal to provide a tool to pass information from educators to practitioners and from practitioners to farm personnel.”