Every course I've had in equine science at Colorado State University has exposed me to a wealth of topics that I might not have otherwise known about. This includes equine reproduction, which on the surface seems pretty straight forward, but the interplay of biological factors and living animals is far from ordinary and involves a lot of memorizing and understanding normal physiology.
Last fall I had the opportunity to begin working with Dr. Patrick McCue and Dr. Ryan Ferris from Colorado State University's Equine Reproduction Laboratory on the production of an eBook on equine reproduction case studies. They supplied all the materials, the chapters, photos, and raw video footage and I began editing the videos and compiling the book in the iAuthor program. Besides honing my production skills, I learned a lot about disease states that can interfere with normal reproduction, how the veterinarians diagnose the cases, and the methods they employ to increase fertility, manage disease, find mares who will accept orphan foals, and a variety of fascinating cases that they handle on a daily basis.
As a student, I appreciate the eBook platform where I can not only read about a case, but also see photographs, videos narrated by an equine reproduction specialist, and be directed to other research on the specific topic. It truly is a living textbook.
The eBook was completed at the end of August and uploaded onto iTunes and includes a sample chapter for free download. I've started work on compiling a second volume of all new cases for Dr. McCue and Dr. Ferris and I'm grateful to be learning even more about equine reproduction.
My enthusiasm for science is at the heart of all the multimedia materials I write and produce. As a graduate student at Colorado State University studying rangeland management, I focus on livestock health, nutrition, as well as rangeland ecology. I work part-time as a media coordinator and video editor for the CSU Equine Reproduction Laboratory, and I blog about my livestock and range management experiences in Colorado.