Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Semen: evaluation

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd

Overview

  • Examination of semen sample provides information about breeding problems in stud dog.
  • Should be performed in conjunction with full breeding health assessment Breeding soundness examination.

Sampling

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Tests

Methodologies

  • Classification of sperm into different types is not necessary.
  • There should be no, or only occasional, inflammatory cells and no red blood cells in semen sample.

Availability

  • Widely available.

Validity

Sensitivity

  • Unknown.

Specificity

  • Probably highly specific.

Predictive value

  • Probably low (+ve/-ve predictive values not calculated).
  • Ratings, eg satisfactory, questionable, unsatisfactory, based on potential breeding capacity.

Technique (intrinsic) limitations

  • Good +ve predictive value.
    Only gross abnormalities detectable with this test.

Technician (extrinsic) limitations

  • Level of skill dependant on familiarity of operator with normal anatomy and spermatology.

Result Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers


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