AETA President’s Report – Fall 2019

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Published on: October 11, 2019

Greetings to you on behalf of AETA.

The 2019 Annual AETA CETA Convention is now weeks away and we are extremely excited about its venue, atmosphere, program, entertainment, and much more we have planned for you and your colleagues. The convention committee, lead by Matt Dorshorst, DVM, has done an outstanding job.

We thank all of the many volunteers that contribute to the success of AETA. For example, Pat Comyn, DVM, and his education committee, continue to provide this quarterly newsletter to
keep members abreast on current news and educational materials that enhance our embryo transfer services.

AETA, along with AABP and AASRP, provided two amazing seminars this summer for its members on bovine and small ruminant embryo transfer, which continues to be in high demand for its top quality educational opportunity it provides.

Social media and the internet continue to be key areas to communicate and we invite you to like AETA on Facebook to follow news and posts from our industry. As you are well aware, the internet also provides occasional challenges from outside hackers that promote “phishing”
schemes to try to solicit funds from individuals and businesses. As always, use good common sense with emails that look suspicious.

AETA is extremely proud of our student scholarship program and we plan to award several deserving students again this year. We also had a terrific response to the first annual poster contest and we encourage you to interact with the authors who attend the convention.

From great organizations in industry stem inspiring people and leaders, and AETA is no exception, so look forward to some exciting presentations this fall, including the Edwin Robertson Lifetime Achievement Award.

The last week of October is gearing up to be a fun and exciting time with friends and colleagues! We hope your travel plans are complete. We look forward to seeing everyone in beautiful Colorado Springs!

Sincerely:
Matt Iager, DVM
President AETA 2019

AETA President’s Report – Summer 2019

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Published on: July 26, 2019

Greetings fellow AETA members:

As the summer heat settles in, we wish everyone a safe and relaxing season. The year tends to pass quickly, and we continue to gear up for our annual convention in beautiful Colorado Springs. We thank Dr. Matt Dorshorst and his convention planning team for their outstanding efforts on this convention. You can be certain we have planned a special event for all of you!

Our research committee has added a poster contest for all AETA and CETA members to participate in, including students. This will spice up our exhibitor area for additional interaction and educational opportunities. Up to 10 students will receive complimentary registration as an incentive to participate. We will continue to award our student scholarship winners as well.

AETA has teamed up with AASRP to host a small ruminant embryo transfer seminar at Ohio State University in June, and we continue to provide the Edwin Robertson Embryo Transfer Seminar at Virginia Tech with AABP in August. We have enjoyed collaborating with other allied partners in our industry to provide the best educational opportunities in the business.

IETS has invited AETA and CETA to a joint convention in 2023. We will fully analyze the schedule and logistics of this concept for that calendar year to decide whether the opportunity works well for each of the organizations involved. Please contact us with your comments and suggestions.

We hope you continue to appreciate the efforts of our promotion and membership committees. We completed a new brochure for use at AABP and AASRP seminars and conventions as well as other events throughout the year. Facebook has attracted a lot of attention from users who “like” our page and follow the news and highlights of our association. The AETA brand has been promoted nationally and internationally.

AETA has a lot to celebrate, and our committees are vibrant and innovative. We invite you to participate and serve as well as provide feedback to us throughout the year so we can steadily communicate with members. Thank you for the opportunity to serve this great organization, and we look forward to visiting with you in Colorado this fall.

Matt Iager, DVM

Proposed By-Laws Changes to be Voted on at AETA Annual Business Meeting–October 25, 2019

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Published on: July 26, 2019

Dear AETA members:

The purpose of AETA is to unite those organizations and individuals in the United States engaged in the embryo transfer industry into an affiliated federation operating under self- imposed standards of performance and conduct. As AETA delivers on education and standards of quality through its certification program, we become the “voice” for our diverse membership.

Based on recommendations from the membership, the board has proposed the following modifications to the By-Laws relating to membership categories. The reasons for the changes are several. These changes will make official some membership categories that have been previously offered but not officially recognized in the By-Laws, such as Life Membership. It will also make official reduced membership fees to former student members for one year following graduation. The proposed changes will also move the Association in the direction of a professional association and away from a trade association. We feel this is important to continue to foster relationships with other professional veterinary and animal science organizations such as AABP, AASRP, and IETS. This transition will allow the Association to continue to fulfill its primary purpose of education and promoting a high standard of quality through certification. Finally, it will reduce some redundancy in the membership categories by combining Regular and Associate Membership into only Associate Membership.

  • Professional: An individual who is actively engaged in the embryo transfer industry who is a licensed veterinarian in the US or holds a PhD in reproductive physiology from a US institution. Other equivalent degrees as approved by the Board of Directors. Professional Members are eligible to vote, serve on committees, and hold an office in the Association.
  • Associate: Organizations or individuals engaged in a business or occupation related to the embryo transfer industry that do not meet the requirements for Professional, Emeritus, Life, or Student Memberships. These Associate Members may not vote but will otherwise be entitled to full privileges of membership and can attend meetings, serve on committees, and receive newsletters.
  • Life: Board of Directors can confer, at its discretion, honorary Life Membership to a practitioner for exemplary service. Life Members may enjoy the rights of their previous Professional Membership status.
  • Emeritus: Individuals who have been Professional Members of the Association for a period of at least 10 years and who deem themselves as retired from activities associated with Professional Membership. Emeritus Members may enjoy the rights of their previous Professional Membership status. Emeritus Membership is granted by an application, in writing, to the Board of Directors, who have the sole right to invoke or revoke the Emeritus status to a Professional Member.
  • Student: Individuals enrolled in an academic program at the graduate level and pursuing either a veterinary degree or PhD in reproductive physiology. Academic status must be verified annually by an academic advisor or a Professional Member. Student Members are not eligible to vote or hold office in the Association. Following graduation, former Student Members are eligible to become Professional Members at half of the cost of the Professional Membership for one year only.

This change in membership classification simplifies our current method and makes it easily distinguishable with less redundancy.

This letter is to inform you of a By-Laws change that will be proposed at the 2019 annual convention in Colorado Springs, Colorado, October 24-26, 2019. We hope you understand and can identify with this proposal. Please reach out to board members with questions you may have.

Sincerely,

AETA Board of Directors

Recap: AETA/AASRP 2019 Small Ruminant Embryo Transfer Seminar

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Published on: July 26, 2019

The AETA/AASRP 2019 Small Ruminant Embryo Transfer Seminar was held June 19 to 22, 2019, at The Ohio State University Large Animal Services satellite veterinary teaching hospital in Marysville, Ohio. The meeting was organized by Dr. Eric Gordon.

The course started on Wednesday, June 19, with a review of small ruminant reproductive physiology by Dr. Sherri Clark. Dr. Bill Croushore and Dr. Dave Dixon discussed embryos processing, grading, and cryopreservation. Drs. Mattes and Shipley discussed embryo collection, anesthesia, and sync methods as well as more reproductive physiology and handling of semen. Later in the day, a goat was surgically flushed as a demonstration.

On Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21, course participants broke out into teams of three and flushed three goats or sheep each day. All flushing occurred under gas anesthesia. After each flush, the teams searched embryos, and viable embryos were cryopreserved. Later in the day, Dr. Shipley discussed semen collection and cryopreservation. He also elaborated on reproductive physiology. On Saturday, June 22, teams of three practitioners each laparoscopically inseminated three ewes.

The meeting went very well, and it is felt that participants were quite satisfied with the value of this course. Dr. Eric Gordon at OSU CVM at Marysville deserves a huge thank you for his efforts in bringing this course together and in convincing clients to provide animals to flush. Dr. Justin Kieffer with OSU Animal Science was a huge help in bringing in his technician staff and in assisting with planning for animal usage in this CE meeting and for providing, via the animal science department, some of the animals used.

December 2018 President’s Letter

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Published on: December 27, 2018

Happy Holidays!

To begin with, I would like to thank Matt Iager and CETA for putting on an excellent meeting in Montreal this year. I also thank all of you who filled out surveys after the conference. Your feedback provides the information we need to continue to improve our meetings. Congratulations to Dr. Pat Comyn and Dr. Clay Breiner as our newly elected board members. One of the highlights of the meeting for me was the opportunity to present the President’s Award to Dr. Richard Whitaker. Recognizing him for all he has done for this organization was such an honor. We wish him well in his retirement.

This past year has been an extremely difficult one for the dairy industry and I am sure it has had some effect on our businesses. There have been many changes to this industry (genomics etc.) and there will certainly be more in the future. The only constant is change. This organization provides us with a network to navigate through these changes.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve these past four years as a member of the board. It has gone by quickly and has been rewarding. There have been challenges in the past and there will be in the future, but you have elected an excellent group of board members to lead us in the future. The winter board meeting in going to be held the first weekend in March. If anyone has topics they would like us to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the board members.

I encourage all of you to be active in this organization. It is your organization. The interactions and experiences are invaluable. There are many opportunities to serve including being a board member, a committee chair, or committee member. This is the life blood of our organization.

Once again, thank you for allowing me to be your president in 2018.

John Prososki
AETA President

December 2018 President-Elect Letter

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Published on: December 27, 2018

Greetings to everyone during this joyous holiday season and let us be reminded of what is most important in each of our lives. Let us continue to pray for the hard-working farmers and ranchers that allow us the opportunity to serve them. May the farming economy strengthen in the upcoming year.

Our Joint Annual Convention with CETA in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, was a great success and we thank the many volunteers who planned this convention and all of you for attending. Plans are underway for a terrific convention in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado, next fall.

Our industry continues to strengthen as we work together and share ideas that add opportunity, value, and success to our embryo transfer businesses. We thank the many individuals that continue to serve AETA and promote our organization. Remember to “LIKE” us on Facebook. Our board of directors, committee chairs and members, and FASS headquarters continue to create effective and efficient tools for success. We invite all of you to participate and serve in some capacity. Please reach out and let us know what interests you have to serve AETA. It’s great to see our vibrant youth at our conventions, and giving back to our organization is the best way to continue its legacy.

We would like to thank Dr. John Prososki for his outstanding leadership as president in 2018. John’s work ethic, energy, and passion inspire all of us in our daily work environments.

AETA looks forward to an outstanding year in 2019. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact me or any member of the board as we work for you and strive to lead this organization professionally and with the goals, desires, and objectives of our membership.

I would like to thank all of you for the opportunity to serve as your next president for 2019 and look forward to working closely with you.

Sincerely,
Matthew E. Iager, DVM
AETA President-Elect

New Directors Elected to the AETA Board of Directors

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Published on: December 27, 2018

At the 2018 AETA & CETA/ACTE Joint Annual Convention, two new directors were elected to the AETA Board of Directors. Their terms will start on January 1, 2019. Clay Breiner, DVM, and Pat Comyn, DVM, are the two new representatives:

Clay Breiner, DVM, was raised on an eastern Kansas cow/calf ranch that markets Hereford and Angus genetics. He received his BS in animal science (1998) and DVM (2002) from Kansas State University.

Upon graduation, he joined Cross Country Genetics as a team veterinarian and has had the privilege of working there with Dr. Kirk Gray for the past 16 years. He has been AETA certified since 2003 and is currently serving on the AETA Certification Committee.

He is married to Kendra Rock, DVM DACT, who is also actively involved in the animal reproduction industry. They have two children, Kennan (7) and Beau (3).

Dr. Breiner’s professional interests include embryo transfer, the use of ultrasound as a predictor of fertility, and ways to manipulate the gender ratio. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family at sporting events or exploring the countryside. He feels the challenge for the future is to make sure that our industry and profession stays relevant to the beef industry.

Pat Comyn, DVM. NCSU-CVM 1988. Owner of Virginia Herd Health Management Service P.C. located in Madison, Virginia. Certified AETA 2005, EU certified, owner breeder of registered Holsteins. I do general food animal medicine/surgery, ET, and OPU – IVF.

I’ve been married to my wife Barbara for 31 years. She is a small animal veterinarian. I have one kid in college (Virginia Tech), and the other kid is a research technician with Zoetis (poultry). I like to follow bird dogs in my spare time.

New Directors Elected to the AETA Board of Directors

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Published on: December 27, 2017

At the 2017 AETA & CETA/ACTE Joint Annual Convention, two new directors were elected to the AETA Board of Directors. Their terms will start on January 1st, 2018. William Croushore, DVM, and Jeremy VanBoening, DVM, are the two new representatives:

Dr. Bill Croushore attended veterinary school at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (Virginia Tech), graduating in 1997.  Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Croushore attended Duquesne University School of Pharmacy and graduated in 1992.  He practiced pharmacy in southwest Virginia until he was accepted into veterinary school in 1993.  Dr. Croushore was raised in Ruffsdale, Westmoreland County in southwest Pennsylvania.
Dr. Croushore’s professional interests include embryo transfer, pushing the limits of on farm OPU, herd health management and bovine surgery.  Dr. Croushore has been AETA Certified since 2012.  He has been an accredited OPU partner for Boviteq since 2014.

Dr. Croushore holds membership in the following professional organizations:  American Veterinary Medical Association, Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Society for Theriogenology, American Embryo Transfer Association and the International Embryo Transfer Society. In addition, Dr. Croushore is the treasurer for the Somerset County Holstein Association and is a member of the Berlin-Brothersvalley School District Ag Advisory Committee.

Dr. Croushore writes a weekly column in the Somerset Daily American entitled “The View from the Back 40” and a monthly column in Farm, Field and Garden.  He is also a regular contributor to Pinzgauer Journal and also the Keystone Cattleman.

He enjoys time with his family, hunting the often elusive whitetail deer, fishing and home brewing beer.  Dr. Croushore is married to his wife of 22 years, Sheila and the proud father of Nolan and Bena.  He attends St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church where he teaches 8th grade CCD class.

 

Jeremy VanBoening received his BS degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Animal Science in 1998 and his DVM from Kansas State University in 2002. He practiced in South Dakota one year before purchasing a 2 doctor practice in Alma, NE in 2003.  The practice has grown and changed over the years and currently has 5 doctors and 12 support staff. In 2010 Republican Valley Genetics was founded to provide ET services for the clinic and is the focus of Dr. VanBoening today. RVG provides in house and on farm ET 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 experience with domestic and international trade, policy making 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 10 years old.  In addition to the RVAC and RVG they run 400 beef cows comprised of a commercial cow-calf and a growing recipient herd.  He 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.

 

Hurricane Harvey Relief

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Published on: September 26, 2017

AETA Members,

As many of you know, Hurricane Harvey has caused extensive, disastrous damage and flooding in Texas and on the Gulf Coast. Thousands have lost their homes and businesses, and their lives have been forever changed. Included in those affected are farmers and ranchers.

Below are some organizations accepting aid and donations to help the farmers, ranchers, and livestock that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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New Directors Elected to the AETA Board of Directors

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Published on: December 9, 2016

At the 2016 AETA and CETA/ACTE, two new directors were elected to the AETA board of directors with terms starting on January 1, 2017. Kory Bigalk, DVM, and Matt Dorshorst, DVM, are the two new representatives.

 

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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. He and his wife have 3 young children and live on a small hobby farm where they raise purebred Simmental cattle.

 

 

family-photo-2015-001Matt Dorshorst is a veterinary practitioner from central Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2005 with BS, MS, and DVM degrees and began practicing veterinary medicine. He has spent the last 3 years as the sole owner of Origin Reproduction Services. Dorshorst specializes in bovine reproductive ultrasonography as well as collection, transfer, cryo-preservation, and export of bovine embryos. He has assisted with foreign market development on behalf of the AETA as a member of the Cooperator Committee. He has had the privilege to facilitate training of veterinarians domestically as well as internationally through joint ventures with the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the AETA, and the Babcock Institute. He and his wife, Molly, have four children, and together they own and merchandise black and white as well as red and white Holstein cattle. They also have a research and marketing interest in polled Holstein genetics and pigment mutations in Holstein cattle.

2016 AETA Board Election Candidates

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Published on: September 13, 2016

bartlett_photoMatt Bartlett, DVM

I am originally from Salina, KS. I grew up on a small commercial beef herd and was active in 4-H and FFA. Introduced to the embryo transfer industry growing up working for Glenn Engelland at Sun Valley Embryo Transfer through high school and the first summer of college. I went to Kansas State University for Animal Science and graduated from the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. My wife, Kelli, and I have 3 kids Benjamin (7), Cooper (5), and Marley (2). I started working for Trans Ova Genetics as a Professional Service Veterinarian servicing the ND, SD, NE, & MT regions. In 2009-2015, in addition to my beef clientele, I focused on building our young stock IVF program for dairy heifers. Currently, I am our IA Production Team Leader and focus a lot of my time on team building and team structure. This past 2 years I have been a member of the AETA Certification Committee. I have had the great privilege to work with and build great relationships with numerous practitioners in our industry as IVF production has evolved. I have been presented with a tremendous amount of opportunities from working within this industry and am eager to serve this organization as it moves forward.

 

bigalk_photoKory 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.

Dr. 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 3 young children and live on a small hobby farm where they raise purebred Simmental cattle.

 

comyn_photoPat Comyn, DVM

NCSU-CVM 1988. Owner of Virgnia Herd Health Management Service P.C.. Certified AETA 2005, EU certified, owner breeder registered Holsteins. Married (Barbara) with 2 children in college (Va Tech and NCSU-CVM), both interested in Vet Med, son also interested in embryo transfer and IVF. I prefer following bird dogs in my spare time.

 

 

 

dorshorst_photoMatthew Dorshorst, DVM

I am a Veterinary practitioner from central Wisconsin. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 with BS, MS and DVM degrees and began practicing veterinary medicine. I have spent the last 3 years as the sole owner of Origin Reproduction Services. I specialize in bovine reproductive ultrasonography as well as collection, transfer, cryo-preservation and export of bovine embryos. I have assisted with foreign market development on the behalf of the AETA as a member of the Cooperator Committee. I have had the privilege to facilitate training of Veterinarians domestically as well as internationally through joint ventures with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the AETA and the Babcock Institute. I am the father of four children and together with my wife, Molly, we own and merchandise black and white as well as red and white Holstein cattle. We also have a research and marketing interest in polled Holstein genetics and pigment mutations in Holstein cattle.

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.

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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!

New Directors Elected to the AETA Board of Directors

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Published on: December 16, 2015

At the 2015 AETA and CETA/ACTE, two new directors were elected to the AETA board of directors with terms starting on January 1, 2016.

Dave Dixon of Rensselaer, Indiana, and Matt Iager of Hagerstown, Maryland, are the two new representatives.

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Reuben Mapletoft Awarded AETA Lifetime Achievement Award

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At the 2015 AETA and CETA/ACTE Joint Annual Convention, Reuben Mapletoft was awarded the AETA Lifetime Achievement Award.

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AETA 2014 Winter Board of Director’s Meeting

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Published on: March 13, 2014

The winter meeting of the AETA Board of Directors was held on February 22 at the Madison (WI) Marriott West.  The meeting was held at this site to allow the Board members to preview the location of the 2014 annual AETA Meeting.  This location also allowed FASS staff to meet with local AETA member Chris Keim and his wife to begin planning activities for the Sunday preceding the meeting.

The Board meeting followed a standard format which provides a comprehensive review of the activities of the association.  The Treasurer’s report and draft budget is a large and important area to review.  The association is definitely doing well financially.  This financial success is a real tribute to the careful budgeting of the AETA treasurers, an active and growing membership, and an efficient management organization.  The 2014 budget will be quite similar to the 2013 budget.  The treasurer and the Board are keeping a close watch on possible expense increases that may be realized as the AETA strives to maintain a top quality meeting, attract more students, and expand the programs already in existence.

The Board recognizes that students are important to the future of the organization.  The Board approved a full scholarship for six students to attend the 2014 meeting.  And the registration fees will be reduced for all students in attendance.  The Board, through FASS, is also working on a mechanism that would put AETA members in contact with student attendees from their locale; members could then elect individually to help defray some of the expenses associated with the meeting.

The Certification Committee has a busy agenda for this year.  The Certification Exam is being revised to include questions relating to in vitro fertilization procedures.  Members can expect to see some of these questions in the annual certification session at the meeting (more information on this will be forthcoming).  And the committee will be inspecting the eight newly certified members as well as two randomly selected members.

The Cooperator Committee is assembling two quality sample shipments; a request for embryos went out to the membership.  Hopefully funds will be approved that will allow AETA members to travel and transfer the embryos.

And the rest of the committees are working hard to move the AETA forward.

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