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

AETA President’s Report – Spring 2019

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Published on: April 17, 2019

By Dr. Matt Iager, 2019 AETA President

Greetings to you from AETA. As spring business gears up, don’t forget to take time to interact with friends and family and thank the farmers and ranchers who provide the avenue for our services.

AETA has been busy focusing and planning for a fun and successful 2019! In January, IETS hosted a great conference in New Orleans and expressed their gratitude to affiliate organizations, such as ours. AETA is strongly poised as a leader in our industry. We are very fortunate in our current financial position, goals for our organization, membership involvement, and relationships to allied industries. However, with every organization, we realize our fruitfulness was achieved by many hard-working individuals working for the good of each member, so complacency is never an option.

In March, our Board of Directors met at the convention site in Colorado Springs for our winter board meeting. We made plans for the year and are excited about the many achievements made by each committee, along with ideas to inspire new progress for our committees. We are also very proud and thankful for the many AETA members that volunteer their time and talents to serve these important roles. It’s never too late to volunteer, so please reach out to me or the committee chairs to let us know your interests.

Our social media has been extremely active with over 1,500 Facebook “likes” on the AETA page and over 7,000 individuals being reached in the last 30 days about our posts and promotion. Be sure to “like” AETA on Facebook! We also hope you enjoy the advertising in national breed magazines and also the exposure on the Internet, via webcast, blogs, and news posts from various organizations, all of which continue to brand AETA’s relevance and importance in today’s technology.

The convention committee is finalizing topics and speakers for the convention. You can be sure this convention will be special and memorable. The social events will take place at the resort, which is incredibly tasteful, with a lake, beach area, and Cheyenne Mountain directly adjacent to the resort hotel. The research committee is hosting a poster contest at this year‘s convention, so be sure to look for more information about this new opportunity!

We look forward to the 2019 AETA & CETA joint annual convention, October 24–26, in beautiful Colorado Springs. I would like to thank all of you for the opportunity to serve AETA and look forward to seeing you in Colorado!

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

March 2018 President’s Letter

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Published on: April 10, 2018

Let me begin by thanking Dr. Mark James for his leadership and guidance this past year as president of our association. I would also like to thank Dr. John Schneller as an the outgoing board member for his service on the board. I would like to welcome and congratulate the newly elected board members: Dr. William Croushore and Dr. Jeremy VanBoening.

I especially thank Charles Looney, PhD, for his efforts in putting together a conference that was second to none in Orlando this past year. Thanks to our membership, the conference was well attended, the venue was beautiful, and the weather was fantastic.

I would also like to thank all of the volunteers who serve and who have served on the AETA’s various committees. It is the work of the committees that is the backbone of the organization.

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December 2017 President’s Letter

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Published on: December 27, 2017

What a great conference in Orlando! Good weather, comfortable and spacious accommodations, and a host of excellent speakers made this meeting one of the best ever. Furthermore, as I look through the over 100 surveys received, it appears that you felt the same way. The feedback you provide is crucial to providing educational and applicable future meetings of value to those in attendance. Keep up the good work!

We also have good news related to the facility inspections for Chinese export. This long anticipated procedure is now underway! Although starting late in the year, this process is in very capable hands and should move right along. And, I have been assured that no approved facility will have their status expire while awaiting inspection. Many thanks to all those involved who worked very hard to make this happen.

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September 2017 President’s Letter

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Published on: September 26, 2017

Growing up as the vet’s kid must be a very unique experience. I know my wife Emily and I have had our children grow up with us every step of the way in the truck running farm calls. A good example of this happened a while back when we were called to calving problem at a large dairy. The calf was coming backwards and I thought I might have a teaching moment for my kids. So, we hooked up the chains and my eight year old daughter Caylee helped pull the calf. Once the calf was on the ground, I put a sleeve back on and told Caylee that I was going to reach back into the cow and asked her if she could think of any reason I would want to do that since the calf was already out. She thought about it for a few moments and asked, “To see if there is another calf?” I said, “That’s right!” So I reached in and there was a second calf coming backwards. So, we hooked up the chains and pulled the second calf. Once again, I put on a sleeve and told Caylee I was going to reach back into the cow and asked her now that the twins were out, could she think of any reason that I would reach back in. She thought for just a moment and asked, “To see if there is another calf?” And I said, “Exactly!” And what a teaching moment it was because there was a third calf coming backwards. I couldn’t help but think that I was 35 years old before I saw my first set of triplets born and that my daughter was getting to see it at eight! So, we hooked up the chains and pulled the third calf. And at that point I asked, “What do you want me to do?” Caylee quickly replied, “Put a sleeve on and reach back in!” (more…)

June 2017 President’s Letter

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Published on: June 30, 2017

As the spring calving season is wrapping up, most of you, like myself, are probably full-throttle into transferring next year’s spring calves. Just a reminder, don’t forget to catch your breath once and a while and watch that calf in the pasture, high-tailing it, as the day cools down, while the sun is starting to set. It is one of the best rewards for choosing this lifestyle and working as hard as we do.

Another way to recharge those batteries might be to take on new challenges in your daily business. Don’t let this surprise you, but IVF might just do that. It possesses many opportunities at many different levels. From conducting dominant follicle reduction (DFR) on cows to set them up, to ovum pick-up (OPU), and also transferring the returning embryos, IVF has really gained momentum in the past few years. Therein lie many opportunities. Thawing or unpacking fresh and transferring IVF embryos should be simple for those of you handling any amount of embryos. DFR can be a little more of a challenge and investment, but rewarding once the skill is learned. And OPU is an even greater challenge and financial investment for those of you up to the task. All you have to do is decide how much you want to be involved. (more…)

March 2017 President’s Letter

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Published on: March 21, 2017

President’s Letter

By Mark James, DVM

March 2017

 

First off, I’d like to thank Dr. Bethany Funnel for her service leading the association last year.  Thanks are also in order to the membership for the outstanding annual meeting survey response. The conference in St. Louis became a little more of an unforeseen challenge with the unpredictable and simultaneous Cardinals game. We do listen and we will use this feedback to plan future meetings in the best interest of our membership.

The Board and our committees have been leading the way with many efforts to enhance the association. These include continued efforts to strengthen certification, the efforts of the Membership Committee to recruit and retain students and new members to the association, and the ongoing efforts of the Education Committee to develop and implement our Modular Initiative. We would also like you to be aware of improvements and changes to the membership survey for this year and beyond to improve and simplify real E.T. data results. Likewise, we’d like you to know about the efforts of all of our members and committees to strengthen and enhance embryo transfer here in the states as well as abroad.  Also, we would like to welcome Kory Bigalk, DVM, and Matthew Dorshorst, DVM, as the two newest members of the Board of Directors.  (more…)

December 2016 President’s Message

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Published on: December 9, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, I hope that everyone will have opportunities to take the time to reconnect with family and friends during this holiday season.

The annual meeting in St. Louis was quite exciting. The Convention Committee worked hard to provide a program that members would enjoy, based on comments on the surveys returned at the Niagara meeting. There was a considerable interest in more information on IVF production of embryos, and for myself, I’d say that the Convention Committee delivered! As a rule, comments were very positive, and the Midway provided a great layout for the exhibitors. Thank you to all who filled out the convention surveys. We appreciate the feedback. We acknowledge some of the challenges of the venue, specifically with the room block. In Niagara, we had an incredible turn-out of AETA members, well in excess of what CETA had anticipated, based on historical data. As a board, we made a point to chat with the hotel staff in St. Louis about our options to expand the room block, should we see similar attendance figures. We were verbally assured that they could accommodate us; however, when the Cardinals made the pennant race, our meeting took a backseat, and the hotel would not budge on the issue. This was very disappointing to us, particularly after we were given assurance that we could be accommodated. The seemingly simple solution would be to have the FASS staff simply book a larger block of rooms. This, however, would come with some significant financial risks. Jeremy did a very good job of explaining to the Board that it would only take 19 open rooms for us to incur an additional $10,000 cost for these unused rooms. Thus, the FASS staff do their best to estimate attendance, based on historical figures, to try to be as fiscally conscientious of the association as possible. Quite a challenge! The venue in Orlando (Caribe Royale Orlando) is huge, with many other hotels in close proximity. We should not have to deal with this problem in 2017. For future reference, if you find that the a block of rooms is full for a conference, you might make a phone call to the association office. There are some individuals (speakers, staff, exhibitors, etc.) who may not be attending the entire meeting, but their one-night stay may block out a room for the entire conference. If the office staff are willing and able, they may be able to find creative ways to get you a room at the convention venue, even if the block of rooms is full.

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President’s Award Recipient: Stephen Malin

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Published on: December 9, 2016

malin_funnellI’m generally a person of few words, so when I started to put together this small narrative, I asked a number of members of the association to provide some input. Interestingly, the responses were all very much the same: “Good, he deserves it!”

Steve has been described as “the epitome of what a professional embryo transfer practitioner should be.” Though always busy with his own practice, family, and community, Steve has often found the time to help a colleague when assistance was needed. He is never hesitant to share his knowledge and experiences with neighboring practitioners or with the newbies coming into the industry. His personal and professional conduct are an example for us all.

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A “Thank You” from Steve Malin, AETA President’s Award Recipient

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Published on: December 9, 2016

I would like to thank Bethany Funnell and everyone else who had had any part in recognizing me with the President’s Award during our recent convention. Our association can certainly keep a secret. I didn’t have a clue anything was in the works until Bethany began her talk. I will cherish that honor for the rest of my life.

The AETA has been a valuable asset to me as I look back on my professional career. Without the benefit of the information shared during formal presentations and personal interactions with friends and colleagues in our industry, I‘m sure my career would have been much less rewarding.

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September 2016 President’s Message

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Published on: September 13, 2016

Time never seems to slow down, but here we are on the cusp of a new academic year. “Back to school” can be such an exciting time for both parents and students, and is also exciting for professors and teachers. It is wonderful to see fresh faces come through the classroom doors, full of inquisition and ambition. I want to take an opportunity to thank all of the practitioners out there who have hosted students at their practices, to show them the how’s and why’s of the embryo transfer industry. All of the feedback I get from the DVM students at Purdue has been very positive, and I would encourage our membership to reach out to the veterinary institution in their respective states, to have a student or two visit your practice or participate in an externship or preceptorship. It is a rewarding experience, and the students take away more than you ever imagined they could.

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June 2016 President’s Message

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Published on: June 17, 2016

President’s Message

Spring is in full swing.  Calves have been born, crops are in the ground, and there is an air of optimism surrounding many of us as we head into summer. Commencement ceremonies are over and graduation celebrations are underway. It is very enjoyable to watch the latest class of veterinary students work through their last rotations, fighting terrible cases of senioritis and looking forward to their new careers and futures.  It is also a very busy time for many of us in the ET industry, and I hope the season is proving to be prosperous for all of you.

There has not been much activity at the level of the Board of Directors during the last few months; however, committee work has been ongoing, and I would like to highlight some of these activities.

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March 2016 President’s Letter

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Published on: March 28, 2016

The last few years have been very good for the association. Member involvement in committees is excellent, and there are still many other members who have voiced interest in serving on committees. Any service to the association is welcome and always encouraged. There will be a few changes to the leadership on some of the committees over the next couple of years. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the volunteers who have served on the AETA’s various committees, and especially the committee chairs (past, present, and future) for providing leadership to these committees. Indeed, it is the work of the committees that moves the association forward.

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December 2015 President’s Letter

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Published on: December 16, 2015

Holiday Greetings to you and your ETB!

I’m proud to be part of an organization that comes together once a year, learns about what is new in the ART research community, and shares practice tips and a laugh or two over good fellowship. The joint meeting in Niagara is now behind us, but what a convention it was. The venue and view were fantastic, and I believe most everyone was pleased with the accommodations and hospitality our Canadian friends provided for us. The convention committee received a large number of convention surveys from attendees and a large volume of supportive and corrective feedback. THANK YOU for giving us this feedback! It is considered heavily as the next committee begins planning future sites and programs.

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September 2015 President’s Letter

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Published on: September 23, 2015

By now ALL of you should have your meeting registration completed, hotel reservations made, and airplane tickets booked. That’s right folks, it is again time to meet up with our Canadian and American embryo transfer buddies, enjoy a cocktail or a Coke, and talk ET. Refer to Bethany’s report and the website to find out more about the many exciting things coming our way in Niagara!

It has been another quiet quarter thus far at the board level, which is just okay given the busyness we all endure with summer breeding season followed closely by those fun family vacations. We did recently approve a site for the 2017 meeting, which will take place in Orlando, Florida, in October. Now it’s time to dig our AETA spurs in and get to work on improving our organization. I’m looking forward to a productive board meeting in Niagara and to hopefully picking up organizational pace as we go through the fall months and into winter. Your suggestions on how to improve our organization are always welcome.

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June 2015 President’s Letter

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Published on: June 10, 2015

This article should find most of you arm deep in spring-born implants. I continue to be amazed at how processed, lush, green, pasture grass can quickly change the attitude of a happy housewife at laundry time. Thank goodness for Columbia rain pants.

Things are pretty quiet at the board level right now. Bethany Funnell is hard at work with the planning of the joint convention of CETA and ACTE. She and Francois-Xavier Grand will co-chair this year’s program. Following up on last year’s positive feedback, I believe they will again be including some sessions for students and technicians. Be on the lookout for the agenda to be posted on the AETA website, and please block out your calendars for a CE trip to Niagara on October 15–17.

Speaking of website, we would like your feedback on www.aeta.org. There have been some visitor comments made about the complexity and confusion of our website, particularly when it comes to the trade leads area. You will be receiving an e-mail asking for your input, and we would really appreciate it if you would take a few minutes of your time to do so. The feedback from the membership will guide the board of directors and education and cooperator committees with direction of where to head with this. One thing to note is that our website is currently not compatible with mobile formatting. A total restructure of the website would be required to get it capable of doing so.

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March 2015 President’s Letter

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Published on: March 25, 2015

By now, our summer implant efforts from last year are starting hit the ground as calves. Unfortunately, clients everywhere are having to take extra precautions to save those little buggers from snowdrift hypothermia (especially those in the Northeast!) and those precious fuzzy ears from frostbite.

Our board of directors met in the beginning of February at FASS headquarters for the mid-year board meeting. I thought we had a productive meeting and covered a lot of bases. While no major issues face the organization right now, we did end up with a strong list of action steps I believe will continue to move the organization in a positive direction. One particular step includes asking you, our membership, to give us feedback through an online survey. Stay tuned.

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