There is a huge demand for highly trained individuals on large dairies across the United States and world. International Bovine Training Solutions (IBTS) has created a training and certification program to be able to train intelligent, motivated people to meet these needs.
IBTS has partnered with a 3000 cow dairy to provide access to cattle and a salary with living arrangements. There are initially two positions available that will overlap to provide the reproductive services on this dairy, which is normally a one person job. This provides half the time to be devoted to training in AI, ultrasound and overall reproductive management. Time will be spent training with Dr. McSweeney and IBTS employees, and will include both hands-on and classroom learning opportunities. Depending on the speed of learning by the trainee, this position will be anywhere from 6-12 months. I have found that for trainees to be trained to the highest skill levels that this is the time required. At the end of this time practical exams will be conducted in identifying early/late pregnancies, reproductive problems and ovarian dynamics. Diplomas will only be given to trainees that meet IBTS’ high standards.
If you are interested in one of these positions please contact IBTS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-290-1955.
There has never been any assurance in quality of skills related to pregnancy diagnosis. Not even a DVM assures this. IBTS sees the need for quality assurance in pregnancy diagnosis, especially if we as an industry are going to rely more on non-veterinarians to perform these tasks. As a result, IBTS has created a bovine reproductive ultrasound certification program. This will improve the marketability of skills learned by trainees, but also provides more assurance to dairies and veterinary practices looking for people to assume these responsibilities.
The exam and certification/diploma is the final stage of the internship. However, for people that are already proficient at reproductive ultrasound and would just like the certification, they can also take the exam offered by IBTS and receive certification, which will make their skills more marketable.
Basic certification involves pregnancy diagnosis (early and late stages) and identification of reproductive abnormalities (pyometras, ovarian cysts, adhesions, etc..).
Advanced certification is offered for higher skill sets, such as fetal sexing.
Dairies and veterinary practices seeking highly trained reproduction specialists should contact IBTS to identify the best fit for your business.