PAID ADVERTISEMENT: OPU Training Programs at OvaGenix

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Published on: March 21, 2017

PAID ADVERTISEMENT: OPU Training Programs at OvaGenix

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Published on: December 9, 2016

AETA 2016 Scholarship Winner Report: Robert Stenger

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Published on: December 9, 2016

I grew up on a full-time livestock farm. The farm is predominantly cattle, and in the last 10 years or so my family has increased their sheep numbers. It is mostly a commercial operation, though my father has made strides to get some of the best genetics in the Katahdin sheep breed. All our breeding has always been done natural service with a selection emphasis on hardiness and minimal inputs—a so to speak, let the grass do the work type of system. I know a bit about raising livestock but very little about more modern reproductive techniques. Growing up with this livestock background, I see the great potential for embryo transfer (ET) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) to rapidly increase the selection process. No matter the trait for which one is selecting, being able to increase the number of offspring from your best animals will help you reach your goals all the more rapidly.

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AETA Certification Advertising

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Published on: June 17, 2016

The Education Committee continues to progress with their activities.  During the strategic planning session that was conducted in February 2013, one of the three focus areas was strengthening the AETA Certification program.  This includes increasing the visibility and value of AETA Certification through marketing the “brand” of Certification.  The Board delegated this marketing task to the Education Committee, and Matt Iager and his fellow committee members have been working with an ad designer to develop a simple, yet eye-catching message about AETA Certification, not just to producers, but also to practitioners.  Keep an eye out for these (shown below) advertisements in a major bovine publication near you!

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History Shines New Light on Recipient Care

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Published on: June 17, 2016

History Shines New Light on Recipient Care

By Nate Dorshorst

Portions of this article were originally published in Holstein World 2013 and are reproduced here with their consent.

Recipient management is probably the most overlooked aspect of any embryo transfer program but can probably have the greatest impact on success with a modest financial investment. There is a new emerging science originating from the human realm, which is now becoming heavily investigated at universities throughout the country with significant application to bovine reproduction and genomics. To better understand how this applies to bovine advanced reproduction, it is helpful to understand the historical context leading to its discovery.

The Dutch famine of 1944, also known as the “Hunger Winter,” was a brief but severe famine near the end of World War II when the Germans occupied the Netherlands. In order to punish the Dutch for their reluctance to aid the Nazi war effort, the Germans placed a food embargo to the farming areas in the western region of the Netherlands. This embargo was partially lifted in early November 1944, but unfortunately an unusually early and especially harsh winter had already set in. The canals froze over and became impassable for barges, leaving the cities in the western Netherlands with a scarce food supply. Within a very short time period the food was gone and a population desperate to survive had their diet reduced to bread, potatoes, sugar beets, and tulip bulbs, receiving as little as 400 to 800 calories/day. From September 1944 until early 1945, malnutrition was the primary cause of death of 18,000 Dutch people, and it was considered a contributing factor in the deaths of many more. When the Dutch Famine ended with the liberation of the western Netherlands in May 1945, around 22,000 had died and 4.5 million were otherwise affected.

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AABP Edwin Robertson Beginning Embryo Transfer Seminar

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Published on: June 17, 2016

AABP Edwin Robertson Beginning Embryo Transfer Seminar

August 10–12, 2016

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP), with support from the American Embryo Transfer Association, will hold a three-day embryo transfer seminar for beginners on August 10 to 12, 2016, at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. If you want to learn embryo transfer or if you have begun and are struggling, this seminar is for you. You will be taught the most up-to-date techniques by a staff member with years of experience.

For complete details please visit the AABP website.

Save the Date: 2016 AETA and CETA/ACTE Joint Convention

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Published on: June 17, 2016

Save the Date

The 2016 Joint AETA and CETA/ACTE Convention Committee would like to remind you to save the date for the 2016 convention taking place in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 29 to October 1, 2016.

Details can be found on the 2016 AETA and CETA/ACTE Joint Annual Convention website.

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Be a Mentor!

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Published on: March 28, 2016

AETA takes great pride in its Student Scholarship award to help cover expenses to attend the AETA-CETA/ACTE Joint Annual Convention.

We would encourage practitioners to support the students by becoming a mentor or offering an externship. The AETA website offers visibility to those who are interested in providing this support to students.

Hosting a fourth-year veterinary student for an externship provides a great opportunity to recruit new members and teach new skills. In addition, serving as a mentor provides additional support from practitioners to encourage and support students.

Please take this time to visit the website and sign up. Thank you.

Sign up to be a mentor

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Reminder: AETA members have access to Tech Talk!

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Published on: March 28, 2016

Tech Talk

The CETA/ACTE Tech Talk Program is an interactive notepad used to post technical embryo transfer questions, results of clinical trials, or comments that are then distributed to the participants via e-mail. The program is for both CETA/ACTE and AETA members.

If you are an AETA member who would like access to Tech Talk, please e-mail the CETA/ACTE office at CETA.ACTE@gmail.com for more information!

2015 AETA Board Election Candidates

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Published on: September 23, 2015

BigalkKory Bigalk, DVM

Kory Bigalk was born and raised on a small beef farm in southeastern Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 1998.

Bigalk practiced large animal medicine in a primarily dairy practice from 1998 until 2010. He began doing embryo transfer and ultrasound work in 2001. In 2010 he purchased an existing embryo transfer business, formed Diamond K Genetics, and began doing embryo transfer work full time.

Bigalk and his wife have three young children and live on a small hobby farm, where they raise purebred Simmental cattle.

 

DixonDave Dixon, DVM

Dave Dixon is a certified practitioner who grew up on a beef and swine farm in southern Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University in 1995 with a DVM degree. He practiced as an associate veterinarian with Food Animal Veterinary Service for 19 years. He is now a partner in a multi-doctor practice in Rensselaer, Indiana, that specializes in bovine and small ruminant embryo transfer.  In the past year they have begun offering IVF services in conjunction with Boviteq.

As a candidate for Board of Directors, he seeks to maintain the AETA as a professional organization that offers educational opportunities that cover the broad base of its current members. He promises to weigh each decision against the vision statement and by-laws that are already in place. A position on the board would provide him the opportunity to give back to the organization that has served him throughout his 20 years of practice.

Dave is a member of the AETA, IETS, and AABP.  He and his wife Lisa have 3 children, actively serve in their church, and enjoy raising and showing Hereford cattle.

 

IagerMatt Iager, DVM

Matt Iager, DVM, grew up in Fulton, Maryland, on a Registered Holstein dairy farm. He received his BS degree in dairy science in 1993 from the Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture. He received his DVM degree in 1996 from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.

Iager is a partner with Mid Maryland Dairy Veterinarians in Hagerstown, Maryland, after joining the practice upon graduation. He has performed embryo transfer for 20 years and was certified in 2001.

Iager served on the Alumni Board at the Veterinary School at Virginia Tech for 10 years. He is currently vice president of the Maryland Holstein Association, treasurer of the Maryland Dairy Shrine, and has served as a delegate for the last three years to the National Holstein Convention.

Iager has been married to his wife, Laura, for 17 years; they have a son, Noah, and a daughter, Brooke, who are both active in 4-H. Iager and his family own and operate MD-West-View Genetics where they house donors for clients and maintain a small recipient herd. Iager is active in his church and community, plays drums in the contemporary choir, and is a licensed auctioneer. He enjoys showing, judging, and flushing cattle.

Iager is currently chairman of the Education Committee for AETA and manages the material for the quarterly newsletter. He is very passionate about embryo transfer and welcomes the opportunity to serve on the AETA Board.

 

vanJeremy VanBoening, DVM

Jeremy VanBoening received his BS degree from University of Nebraska–Lincoln in animal science in 1998 and his DVM degree from Kansas State University in 2002. He practiced in South Dakota one year before purchasing a two-doctor practice in Alma, Nebraska, in 2003. The practice has grown to seven doctors and 23 support staff. In 2010, Republican Valley Genetics (RVG) was founded to provide the embryo transfer services for the clinic and is the focus of VanBoening today. Republican Valley Genetics provides in-house and on-farm embryo transfer services as well as serves as a satellite center for IVF services with Trans Ova Genetics.

Jeremy has served on several professional boards and committees including the Nebraska Cattlemen, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association. These associations have allowed him to gain experience with domestic and international trade, policymaking both at the state and federal level, sustainability in the beef industry and bovine veterinarian practice, as well as the opportunity for contacts throughout the industry. Professional memberships include AETA, IETS, AABP, AVC, AVMA, and NVMA.

Jeremy and his wife Erin have one son, William, who is eight years old. In addition to the RVAC and RVG, they run approximately 180 beef cows consisting of a commercial cow-calf and a recipient herd. VanBoening feels it would be an honor to serve the organization that gave him the knowledge and confidence to begin and grow the embryo transfer business.

Industry Update: Schmallenburg Virus and the EU

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Published on: September 23, 2015

As many of you know, germplasm exports from the European Union have been significantly affected by the emergence of Schmallenburg virus in Europe. Restrictions went into effect February 2012, and according to USDA APHIS, “The virus, thought to be distributed by flying insects such as midges and possibly mosquitos, is not known to be present in the U.S., and has not been reported to be of human health concern. Infection with the virus causes transient disease in adult cattle, sheep and goats, resulting in production losses; but has also been associated with a high percentage of fetal malformations, abortions, dystocias and death of infected pregnant animals. No treatments or vaccines are currently are available, and testing is currently limited in nature.”

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Genomics—A scientific yet practical approach

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Published on: September 23, 2015

by Dr. Pat Comyn

Let us imagine that we are embarking on a journey across the Atlantic ocean in a ship. We have two different ships that we will compare. One ship is the USS Pregen, and the other the USS Genomic. Both ships are identical in speed and power. However, the navigation systems are quite a bit different. The Pregen uses traditional, time-honored methods to navigate. Theoretically, if USS Pregen left New York harbor a thousand times for the Thames river mouth, it would find the west coast of Europe within 700 miles of the Thames 50% of the time and find the western coast of Europe and North Africa 90% of the time. The USS Genomic, also leaving New York harbor a thousand times for the Thames river mouth, can get within 50 miles of the mouth of the Thames river 70% of the time and within 100 miles 95% of the time because of the use of more modern navigational devices. Both ships are crossing the sea at the same speed, but one with more accurate (but not perfect) navigation.

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Time Management

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Published on: September 23, 2015

by Mid Maryland Dairy Vets

 “I simply do not have enough time…”

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”  Aristotle

Too often, we make a beneficial recommendation and hear the response, “I do not have the time.” Therefore, make an attempt to read two books, The Toyota Way by Jeffrey K. Liker, a book about the Toyota business model that exemplifies “lean production,” and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. “But Toyota makes cars, not calves.” Just like Toyota, your embryo transfer work is a business. Toyota uses efficient business principles with an emphasis on product quality that can be easily applied to your business. Focus on eliminating “non-value-added” work and allow time for more “value-added” work. Prevent downtime by keeping equipment properly maintained: from vehicles to trailers, scopes to freezers, even printers and shipper tanks. Analyze every process/protocol to make changes that can save you time and energy. Actually writing protocols on paper will allow you to see where you are wasting time. Ask for feedback from your employees, in essence turning them into on-site quality-control inspectors. Take time to develop your employees which will increase their work efficiency. Develop standard operating procedures to decrease variability/provide consistency and to increase quality and performance, such as a template for exports to various countries. Improving management efficiency and quality will reduce costs and improve profitability.

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Robert Rowe Selected as One of the National Dairy Shrine Pioneers for 2015

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Published on: June 10, 2015

Robert Rowe, long-time AETA member and volunteer, has been selected as one of the 2015 National Dairy Shrine Pioneers.

For full detail on this honor, please read the article in Holsteinworld.

AETA Member Survey

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Published on: June 10, 2015

Thank you for taking time to read the quarterly newsletter from AETA!

This survey should take no longer than 5 minutes and consists of 27 brief questions.

One of our many goals is to keep each other informed through active communication, which enhances our association and its members.

We invite you to take this brief survey to help us evaluate a few areas we have been working on. Also, please take some time to visit the website now and in the future. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

Please click here to complete the survey now.

The deadline to submit this survey is August 1, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. CDT.

Articles of Interest

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Published on: June 10, 2015

Genetic markers for fetal overgrowth syndrome discovered

http://www.bovinevetonline.com/news/industry/genetic-markers-fetal-overgrowth-syndrome-discovered

Inflammatory cytokines and acute-phase proteins concentrations in the peripheral blood and uterus of cows that developed endometritis during early postpartum

http://www.theriojournal.com/article/S0093-691X(15)00079-5/abstract

Accuracy of diagnosing double corpora lutea and twin pregnancy by measuring serum progesterone and bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein 1 in the first trimester of gestation in dairy cows

http://www.theriojournal.com/article/S0093-691X(15)00087-4/abstract

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Harvest Public Media: ‘Stud dames’ spread U.S. cow genetics far and wide

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Published on: June 10, 2015

A recent article published by Harvest Public Media highlights both embryo transfer and the AETA.  It includes an interview with Dr. Michael Pugh, owner of Westwood Embryo Services Inc., who is both an AETA Member and an AETA Past President.

Robert D. Baker, PhD, In Memoriam

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Published on: March 25, 2015

By John F. Hasler

 

BakerRobert D. Baker, well-known pioneer in embryo transfer, died February 19, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Baker had a successful, noteworthy career in both academia and commercial embryo transfer and served as the first president of the AETA.

Born in Illinois in 1938 and raised on a farm, Baker completed his PhD at the University of Illinois in the late 1960s. Baker published noteworthy papers on swine reproduction with his advisor, Phil Dziuk, the recipient of the 2001 IETS Pioneer award. Baker then took a postdoc at Cambridge, England, under the direction of Chris Polge, the recipient of the 1987 IETS Pioneer award. Polge is credited with having discovered that glycerol is an ideal cryoprotectant for freezing sperm.

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Catching Up: When I “Retire” by Larry Kennel

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Published on: March 25, 2015

relaxSome people may think it’s a long jump from embryo transfer to winemaking. Actually, it’s not so big a jump. Both require attention to detail, quality control, a bit of research, good record keeping, some experience, participation in continuing education, and the ability to deal with the public.

I guess I really don’t ever plan to retire. I believe retirement is overrated. I believe those who choose careers that they enjoy do not see their career as only work. I’ve really enjoyed my career in embryo transfer. However, as I near 70 years of age (that’s hard for me to believe), the prospect of spending less time on the road has some merit. Surely, when I retire from embryo transfer, I will miss “my” clients. I am now doing embryo transfer work for the third generation in some families. Sometimes it seems like vacation to go to work on those farms. At the present time I’m working about half time in embryo transfer.

My second career (actually, the third, since after graduation from veterinary school I spent 11 years in a large animal practice) in which I’m working nearly full time is in our new venture, The Vineyard at Grandview. I had been making wine as a hobby when I found out our present property has soils that are conducive to growing good wine grapes. In 2009 we planted our first vines. Our sons-in-law, Steve and Scott, were very helpful in starting the vineyard. We are growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Albariño.

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AETA is on Facebook!

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Published on: March 25, 2015

FaceBClickLIKE” the AETA page to get society news and updates.

The AETA Facebook page has been developed as an easy way for members of American Embryo Transfer Association (AETA) to keep up to date with society news and news important to the embryo transfer industry.

If you already have a Facebook account, simply follow the link below:

http://www.facebook.com/embryotransfer

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