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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Published on: December 16, 2015

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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