AI Technicians Training Courses

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) approved course in conjunction with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

Following The Veterinary Surgery (Artificial Insemination of Mares) Order 2010 that came into force 14th September 2010 (which allows people other than veterinarians to inseminate equines) the two-day courses were introduced in conjunction with DEFRA and the RCVS to ensure horse welfare and the successful development of equine artificial insemination.

 Course Dates 

2022 Dates Coming Soon


The course is designed for owners/managers of studs/stallions, breeders and veterinarians with an interest in artificial insemination. Delegates are assessed throughout the two day course which includes a practical and a short written test paper. Successful delegates are awarded a:


The course provides instruction on semen collection and preparation for delivery to the stud, semen assessment, preparation of mares, insemination techniques and post insemination care. Instruction will include working with fresh, chilled and frozen semen.

The course is delivered by a team of professional experienced lecturers in AI and supported by Dr Caroline Argo MRCVS  and Tullis Matson of Stallion AI Services Ltd. Maximum number of delegates on each course is 16 ensuring high quality interaction between lecturers and delegates. Knowledge and experience of horses is important before considering this course.

The course covers the following areas – lecture room sessions & practicals:

  • Stallion Handling
  • Semen Production / Semen Collection / Semen Assessment / Semen Packaging
  • Anatomy of the Mare
  • Fresh, Chilled & Frozen Semen Handling
  • Care of Mare Before & After Insemination
  • Artificial Insemination
  • Ethics & Record Keeping


Course delegates are divided into two groups for practical sessions. All lectures and practical sessions are held on the one site at Twemlows Stud Farm.

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“A really good couple of days, thoroughly enjoyed myself and learnt a great deal” 

“Very impressed by the team’s ability to cater to such a broad base of backgrounds and knowledge. Every penny well spent”

“Absolutely brilliant. Learnt so much with lovely people. Couldn’t have wished for a better experience”

Course Fee: £tbc + VAT

The course fee covers two full days tuition with both written and practical examinations, a comprehensive course folder and DVD with notes for future reference as well as the course itself, all course materials and refreshments during the day. The course starts at 08.30 each day and finishes at approximately 17.30 on the first day and 17.00 on the second day.

Please note that a minimum of two years knowledge and experience of handling horses is required and DEFRA only issues certificates to persons over the age of 18 years.

Successful candidates will be competent in AI procedures but only continued experience will make them proficient.

The courses are sponsored and supported by:


For further details please contact Shona Ferguson
(Tel 01948 664966 or email: