Save the date for the 2020 AETA-CETA/ACTE Joint Annual Virtual Meeting!

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Published on: August 13, 2020

The 2020 AETA-CETA/ACTE Joint Annual Meeting will be held virtually beginning on October 6th.  You must register before October 6th to get access to the meeting content.

All of the scientific, sponsor, and CE information can be found on the AETA Annual Convention page as it becomes available. Check back often!

The convention will feature two types of sessions: keynote addresses and prerecorded sessions.

Keynote addresses will be live sessions via Zoom, where participants will see the content and interact with the speakers in real time. Once the keynote addresses have concluded, a link to the content will be posted.

Prerecorded sessions will be made available via a link on the AETA convention page at 12:01 am (CDT) on Tuesday, October 6. During the times on the schedule, speakers will be available to chat via Zoom about their presentations and answer any questions you may have.

All sessions will have a quiz that participants must participate in and pass with a score of at least 70% to receive continuing education (CE) credits.

Please note that speakers will only be available for discussion during their scheduled time. Participants who register before October 6th can view sessions and take the accompanying RACE quizzes until December 31st.

You must register before October 6th to get access to the meeting content.

2020 Candidates for AETA Board of Directors

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Elections will take place during the Annual Business Meeting scheduled for October 7 from 1:30pm-2:30pm central time. Please take a moment to read the candidates bios below.

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2019 AETA Scholarship Winner Report: Josh Brown

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Published on: January 3, 2020

My goals for attending the AETA conference were to learn more about the industry, further my knowledge of embryo transfer, and make connections in the field for the future.

From the pre-conference seminars to the very last lecture, I was expanding my knowledge on embryo transfer. The preconference session, ET101, was one of the highlights of the conference for me. The lecture filled in gaps of knowledge I had on syncing donors, drug dosages, and grading embryos. It was also beneficial to hear that beef and dairy have slightly different protocols. The student/technician sessions were also helpful, and it was exciting to practice grading embryos, thawing and freezing them. The student and mentor lunch was valuable, in that we got to hear advice from practitioners and the benefits of the varying practice types.

The knowledge I gained from the conference will be applicable to me in both industry and academic work. Understanding the reproductive physiology will benefit me in school as we continue our palpation labs, and comprehending the structures I am palpating and associating them with the stage of the cycle they are in. During fourth year I will be able to apply the knowledge I learned from this conference to my externships and rotations. I will be able to apply the material I learned from the conference right away in my career as a veterinarian. Not only will the material be beneficial in embryo transfer but in the cattle industry as a whole. Genetics is the foundation to a great herd, and embryo transfer can establish that and allow it to grow. From selecting donors to understanding synchronizations, this conference covered multiple topics I wanted to learn about and more. I would strongly recommend it to any student or veterinarian who is interested in embryo transfer, and I would like to thank the AETA scholarship committee for this award.

2019 AETA Scholarship Winner Report: David Hardesty

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Published on: January 3, 2020

I would like to thank the AETA, the members, and the scholarship committee for giving me the opportunity to attend the meeting in Colorado Springs. I was able to network with the world’s leaders in embryo transfer, attend informative seminars, and have so much fun while doing it. I left Colorado with a deeper knowledge in embryo transfer and am eager to learn more as I head back to school.

The ET 101 pre-conference seminar by Dr. Hinshaw and Dr. Schueller was very informative and increased my basic background knowledge on embryo transfer. They were willing to share their personal experience and the exact techniques they use in practice, which was very helpful in developing my understanding of how everything works. My favorite session throughout the weekend was the student/technician session, where we were able to thaw embryos, find them under the microscope, and load them into straws. This gave me great practical experience in staging embryos and how to work with them microscopically. Other sessions taught me more about proper recipient management, reasons for pregnancy loss, monitoring development, and more research that is being done in the field.

Throughout the weekend I built many connections with veterinarians, technicians, and other students. I was able to talk to current AETA members to pick their brains on different aspects of the industry as well to learn about different experiences out there I can pursue to further develop my knowledge. At the exhibits I was able to speak to companies that are innovators in the industry and learn about what new technologies they have came out with.

I am very grateful that I was able to attend the 2019 AETA conference. I came away with an increased knowledge in embryo transfer and a bigger network where I can learn even more. I already had a drive and passion for ET, but this conference made me hungry to learn even more. Thank you again, and I hope to see you all in the future.

2019 AETA Scholarship Winner Report: Sarah Harp

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Published on: January 3, 2020

My name is Sarah Harp; I am from central Ohio and am currently a fourth-year student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I am interested primarily in working with beef cattle and small ruminants.

I want to first say a heartfelt thank-you to the American Embryo Transfer Association for their generosity in providing these scholarships. I would likely not have been able to attend otherwise, and their support allowed me to learn more about the industry, meet countless people involved in the business, and experience what this organization is all about. I also want to say thank you to all those in attendance who took time to talk to us as students and share your stories and advice. And finally, a big thank-you to Dr. Rob Stout at Legends Lane Reproductive Services for encouraging me to join this organization and apply for the convention scholarship as well. His mentorship and willingness to teach have been an inspiration to continue pursuing this career field.

One of my primary objectives in attending the convention was to talk to people involved in the industry and find out how they got involved, how embryo transfer is incorporated into their business, and what they like or would change about their career field. I was surprised at the wide variety of businesses and experiences of those in attendance. A large portion work in reproduction specialty–only practices, whether private or commercial; but I spoke with quite a few who work in general practice and have incorporated embryo transfer services into their business. Also, as this is a relatively new and expanding field, it was interesting and inspiring to have so many founders and pioneers in the field in attendance who are still involved and sharing their knowledge. I am thankful for the connections I made during the conference and the opportunities for future externships that I can learn from in the coming year.

The sessions offered at the conference covered a diverse range of topics and were an excellent learning experience for those just getting started in the industry. The pre-conference ET 101 course was an excellent refresher on introductory material and an opportunity for practitioners to troubleshoot problems they have encountered and get advice. The general sessions throughout the conference showed the scientific and research-driven aspect of this field. I particularly appreciated the question-and-answer times following the presentations, as the questions showed vested interest in ensuring that solid research methods were leading to valid conclusions. This field seems to lend itself nicely to research studies even at the private practitioner level, and with room to still grow and improve, this aspect is a drawing force to see where we can improve over the next generation.

Finally, I must mention the truly family-like atmosphere among the membership. It may not be as small and close-knit as it once was, but the warmth and friendship throughout the conference was apparent. Everyone was very welcoming, and I had several people comment about the organization’s efforts to get younger members involved, and I believe the scholarship is a great start to those efforts. I was also interested to hear about other programs within the organization, such as the trade missions, which not only offer valuable services to other countries but promote international trade as well. The efforts to continually improve this organization are apparent, and the collaborative nature of the group makes it one which will be a privilege to be a part of.

Thank you again to all of those involved who make these scholarships possible. I look forward to continuing to be a part of this organization and seeing the strides made in years to come.

2019 AETA Scholarship Winner Report: Makayla Hawbaker

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Published on: January 3, 2020

I wanted to start by giving my sincerest thanks to the AETA scholarship committee for selecting me to be one of the scholarship recipients for the 2019 AETA & CETA/ACTE Joint Annual Convention in Colorado Springs. I was honored to have the opportunity to attend and to learn from experts in the field from all over the United States and Canada.

One of the most rewarding parts of the conference was interacting with the other members and exhibitors. I learned so much from our conversations and made some great connections for mentorship and future externships. Honestly, it felt as though I had been invited to a big family reunion, and everyone made me feel welcome. It was a privilege to get to know the other students in attendance and to form friendships with individuals who will one day be my colleagues.

My goal for attending the conference was to learn more about advanced reproduction, its challenges, and what the future of the industry looks like. Unlike many other conferences, I appreciated that this conference was geared toward both beginners and experts in the field. I have been to conferences in which the material was way over my head and directed more toward people who are already in practice. AETA was different in that the information was geared toward those new to the industry and wanting to learn, whether they were still a student or had been in practice five, ten, or fifteen years, or more.

I enjoyed the student sessions and the hands-on experience that we got thawing and staging embryos under the microscope. I appreciated the wide array of topics that were discussed at the conference, everything from dairy cattle to horses and small ruminants. There was truly something for everyone at this meeting. I learned valuable information about the effects of nutrition on oocyte quality and general reproduction of cattle. I appreciated that this information was applicable to everyone and can be used in general practice, since this is important for reproduction success even if a client doesn’t intend to utilize the advanced reproductive techniques that are out there. I also learned about the importance of managing the donors and recipients to give yourself the best odds of having a successful collection and pregnancy. One thing that I found fascinating was the differences in freezing and success rates seen between the different breeds of cattle.

In addition to attending the meetings, I met many of the exhibitors and made some great connections for externships and learned about the technology that is out there to assist with advanced reproduction.

I can’t thank you all enough for giving me the opportunity to attend the AETA convention. I had a great time and met some wonderful people who really made me feel welcome. I appreciate everyone who went out of their way to talk to the students, ask questions, and mentor us. I look forward to working with some of you in the future through externships, and I hope to see many of you again at future conventions.

2019 AETA Scholarship Winner Report: Russell Johnson

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Published on: January 3, 2020

It was both a pleasure and an honor to be in attendance at the 2019 AETA Conference. The knowledge, introductory skills, and contacts made are irreplaceable. I am currently seeking a PhD in Reproductive Physiology at Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine. My area of research is centered around in vitro fertilization in cattle. There have been several publications on the beneficial antioxidant effects of melatonin on in vitro fertilization. There is also a recent publication on the effects of exogenous melatonin on uterine arterial blood flow in late gestation. I am hoping to be able to look at the effects of exogenous melatonin on oocyte quality.

The Preconference Seminar I, ET 101, was a great practical introduction to embryo transfer. Everything from an overview of the estrus cycle to actual transferring of embryos was covered. I have the opportunity to read articles on this subject matter on a regular basis, which gives me a theoretical look at embryo transfer, but the class as well as the entire conference gave me an introduction to the understanding of its practicality. The class gave me a good idea as to what it will take to accomplish my research goals, both skill sets and finances needed, as well as what it will take to include embryo transfer services in my future veterinary practice. The student/technician session was a great way to introduce embryo handling. Prior to attending the conference, I had the opportunity to aspirate oocytes from slaughterhouse ovaries and practice handling, grading, maturing, and staining them. In a laboratory setting at school, we used a different, more difficult way of handling the oocytes than was used in the student/technician session. I had actually never observed both sides of an oocyte, nor did I know that it was even necessary. The student/technician session reinforced the importance of taking a complete look at the embryo or oocyte, not just a one-sided view. It was nice to have some of the industry’s best teaching different hands-on techniques.

The speaker sessions provided information from both a research standpoint and from the perspective of what is actually being done in the field. As I develop my research project, I believe that it is important to be able to bridge the gap between what can be done in theory, in a controlled laboratory setting, and in the field. The sessions on IVF were especially beneficial to my research. A lot goes into the birth of a calf via IVF: however important, the quality of the oocyte is only a small factor. Being able to monitor the development of IVF embryos may lead to understanding of what conditions we can manipulate both in vivo and in vitro to increase the quality of both the oocyte and the embryo, thus increasing the number of live calves being born using IVF technology. When you look at things only from your area of research, it is possible to overlook other aspects of the process that are equally important, such as the recipient. The sessions geared toward recipient management put into perspective that an embryo transfer program will be no better than its recipient management program; the two are equally important. I also learned that there is an embryo transfer market in small ruminants, including deer.

Although my area of current research is bovine oocytes, I one day would like to participate in a veterinary practice that is centered around reproductive technologies, thus giving me the opportunity to develop embryo transfer skills that would lead to an Embryo Transfer Certification. Not only did this conference began to bridge the gap between theory, laboratory setting, and the field; it placed me around a lot of people who have the same interest that I do and who are actually doing what I want to learn to do, who demonstrated the willingness to help me achieve what I would like to do, making it possible to believe that my dreams can be achieved. Lastly, I would like to say thank you for providing me with this opportunity. I look forward to attending the AETA 2020 conference, taking the Advanced ET course, and attending the student/technician session.

2019 AETA Scholarship Winner Report: Kaitlin Karl

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Published on: January 3, 2020

When I learned that I had received an AETA 2019 Student Scholarship Award, my objectives for attending the conference were to gain industry insight on how to become a successful practitioner and to expand my knowledge of useful assisted reproductive techniques used in bovines, such as embryo flushing and oocyte pickups, that would be applicable to my own research.

However, while attending the 2019 AETA conference, I gained much more than I had expected. I gained industry insight that is beneficial to my future career goals by networking with practitioners and technicians, specifically by attending the student/mentor luncheon. The luncheon allowed students to interact with current AETA and CETA/ACTE professionals across various roles in the industry who were willing to entertain questions, share their experiences and hardships from throughout their careers, and offer valuable advice. Coming from a primarily academic background, I have struggled finding guidance and answers concerning aspects of transitioning from academia into the industry field. The professionals I interacted with were extremely personable, willing to help troubleshoot problems I have experienced in my research, and eager to teach new concepts.

The student/technician courses and wet laboratory sessions conducted by Dr. John Gibbons, assisted by BovaGen Embryo Technician Miles Morris, taught hands-on techniques for thawing and properly processing embryos to be frozen. This was my first experience preparing an embryo straw to be frozen, and being allowed the opportunity to attempt it independently in a low-pressure environment was very exciting.

The pre-conference Embryo Transfer 101 course presented by Drs. Randall Hinshaw and Greg Schueller also provided a great deal of information that I have been able to take back to Michigan State University with me and apply to my own research project, where I am attempting to flush Holstein heifers treated with excessive doses of follicle stimulating hormone to determine effect on embryo quality. The two separate techniques (in beef and dairy) described throughout the course for both donor and recipient heifers, as well as embryo collection and handling, were interesting and refreshing to compare numerous successful protocols.

This knowledge will directly benefit my research and academic work by allowing me to properly preform embryo flushes and have realistic expectations of collections, useful troubleshooting techniques, and the ability to share what I have learned with my colleagues. I believe that by attending this conference, I am returning to the university setting with a more confident outlook on the career path I want to pursue after completion of my doctoral degree. Discussing specifics with successful industry personnel from different backgrounds was a great experience that I would not otherwise have had the opportunity to do.

In addition to applicable techniques and useful advice, the 2019 AETA Conference was overall an enjoyable networking opportunity in a beautiful city. Being a member of the AETA community is an exciting opportunity that I look forward to continuing for many years.

2019 AETA Scholarship Winner Report: Mariah Markle

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Published on: January 3, 2020

My objectives for attending the AETA annual meeting were to expand my clinical-based knowledge in the field of embryo transfer, to network with peers and mentors, and to increase my exposure to vendors and products I will potentially be using in my future career. I believe that I accomplished all of the goals I set for myself to achieve during my attendance at the AETA annual meeting. By attending the many informative and didactic presentations at the meeting, I gained insight into new techniques and ideas that I had not previously been exposed to. There were many opportunities for students at the meeting to learn new things, such as the ET 101 and student sessions. I was able to meet many future colleagues during our meals and many of my peers during our student sessions and the student/mentor lunch. The vendor exhibits provided the opportunity to network with reps and learn about ultrasound machines, in vitro culture media, embryo transfer supplies, and many more products that will be useful to me throughout my career. All of the knowledge that I gained from attending this meeting will be invaluable in my future career as an equine veterinarian interested in in vitro production of embryos and embryo transfer. During the remaining portion of my academic career, this experience will benefit me throughout my clinical rotations and allow me to pass on the information I have obtained to my peers. I am grateful to the AETA for the opportunity to attend this meeting and gain valuable insights into the field of embryo transfer. I thoroughly enjoyed attending the AETA annual meeting at the beautiful venue in Colorado Springs and look forward to my membership and involvement in this great organization for many years to come!

2019 AETA Scholarship Winner Report: Hilary Seals

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Published on: January 3, 2020

The AETA convention scholarship offered me, as a veterinary student, an amazing opportunity to learn about embryo transfer and meet hundreds of practitioners working in the field. By attending the convention, I hoped to gain a deeper knowledge of the embryo transfer industry and learn from new mentors. Throughout the convention, I was encouraged to find that practitioners are excited about new graduates. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting veterinarians from around the world and learning from their experiences.

I thought the AETA convention did a good job of engaging students through the student-focused sessions. Students were given the opportunity to thaw, grade, and load embryos into straws, which was a valuable experience. The scientific sessions at the convention were a good mixture of cutting-edge research and practical practice tips. I particularly learned a lot from the session about genomic data and recipient selection. As a student, I also valued the wisdom that was shared in the practitioner forum.

Going forward, I will take the knowledge I learned at the AETA convention to advance my passion for embryo transfer. I learned valuable information on embryo transfer and IVF that will assist me when I start my career as a veterinarian. Most importantly, I am thankful to have gained new mentors through the AETA convention and will utilize those relationships as I begin working in the embryo transfer field. Through conversations with practitioners at the AETA convention, I was able to coordinate an embryo transfer externship that will give me valuable hands-on experience.

The student scholarship to the AETA convention has made a big impact on my career. I believe that AETA does a great job engaging students and giving them the tools to start a career in embryo transfer. I am very thankful to have been afforded the opportunity to attend the AETA convention and look forward to attending many more AETA meetings in the years to come.

2019 AETA Scholarship Winner Report: Nicholas Shen

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Published on: January 3, 2020

My objectives for the 2019 AETA Conference in Colorado Springs were to attend the student training sessions, attend seminars on conventional and IVF embryo transfer, learn about new approaches for synchronization to optimize recipient management, and learn about genomic impacts in embryo transfer. Not only did I gain knowledge in advanced reproductive techniques but I also enjoyed meeting many veterinarians, postdoctorates, veterinary student peers, and industry professionals. Additionally, attending the conference enlightened me on the industry’s current benchmarks for successful embryo collection and transfer. The ET 101 training course filled the gaps in my understanding of the basics of follicular dynamics, scheduling donors and recipients, different collection techniques, grading/staging embryos, and processing embryos. This knowledge was put to use immediately after the conference, as I assisted with OPU procedures for the first time on a clinical year rotation. Having attended the conference beforehand, this greatly enhanced my understanding of the post-collection process leading to IVF. Overall, the great opportunity to attend this year’s conference has propelled me one step closer to a goal of being able to soon contribute as a practicing veterinarian in a predominantly beef cattle practice by learning specialty services such as embryo transfer, allowing a rural cattle practice to further serve clients and sustain itself despite having seasonal work.

2019 AETA Scholarship Winner Report: Michael Topper

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Published on: January 3, 2020

I would like to first thank the AETA membership as a whole, as well as the scholarship committee for providing me with the opportunity to attend the 2019 CETA/AETA conference. Based on previous students’ experiences at the AETA conference, I had high hopes prior to attending, and the conference lived up to my expectations and then some.

Although my plane was delayed and I missed the first 30 minutes of the pre-conference seminar, I still thought it was a nice introduction to the conference as a whole and provided some excellent insight on how to begin offering embryo transfer services in a practice.

The diverse range of topics presented in the sessions was a great learning experience. I especially enjoyed listening to Dr. Daniela Demetrio’s talk detailing her IVF and embryo transfer protocols at Ruann and Maddox Dairy. Additionally, the student/mentor lunch provided me with an opportunity to talk with recently graduated veterinarians and hear how they have been able to incorporate advanced reproduction techniques into their careers. The mentors at my table ranged from doctors who practice embryo transfer full time, to ambulatory dairy practitioners who offer embryo transfer as a service at their practice. It was fantastic to get their insights on what to focus on during veterinary school and how to begin offering embryo transfer services after graduation.

Overall, I had an amazing time attending the conference and speaking with many AETA members throughout the weekend. I gained a lot of knowledge, as well as advice and contacts for the future. Thank you again for the opportunity. I hope to return next year!

AETA Annual Meeting: Final Program Available

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Published on: October 11, 2019

Save the date for the 2019 AETA-CETA/ACTE Annual Meeting!

The 2019 AETA-CETA/ACTE will be held from October 24–26, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The conference will be held at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

All of the AETA scientific, social, and exhibitor information can be found on the AETA Annual Convention. The final program has been added!

Colorado Springs is a wonderful city to hold this convention. Below you will find some links to help you plan your stay.

Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak Region
Olympic Training Center
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Manitou Springs

This is a very small list of the many attractions that Colorado Springs has to offer. Please check out Visit Colorado Springs to customize your stay.

We look forward to seeing you all in beautiful Colorado in October!

Sincerely,

AETA

Save the date for the 2019 AETA-CETA/ACTE Joint Annual Convention!

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Published on: July 26, 2019

The 2019 AETA-CETA/ACTE Joint Annual Convention will be held from October 24–26, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The conference will take place at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

All of the AETA scientific, social and exhibitor information can be found on the AETA Annual Convention page as it becomes available. Check back often!

Colorado Springs is a wonderful city to hold this convention. Below you will find some links to help you plan your stay.

Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak Region
Olympic Training Center
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

This is a very small list of the many attractions that Colorado Springs has to offer. Please check out Visit Colorado Springs to customize your stay.

We look forward to seeing you all in beautiful Colorado in October!

Sincerely,

AETA

Save the date for the 2019 AETA-CETA/ACTE Annual Meeting!

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Published on: April 17, 2019

The 2019 AETA-CETA/ACTE will be held from October 24–26, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The conference will be held at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort.

All of the AETA scientific, social, and exhibitor information can be found on the AETA Annual Convention page as it becomes available. Check back often!

Colorado Springs is a wonderful city to hold this convention. Below you will find some links to help you plan your stay.

Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak Region
Olympic Training Center
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Manitou Springs

This is a very small list of the many attractions that Colorado Springs has to offer. Please check out Visit Colorado Springs to customize your stay.

We look forward to seeing you all in beautiful Colorado in October!

Sincerely,

AETA

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.

Join us in Colorado Springs in 2019!

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Published on: December 27, 2018

2018 AETA Statistics Committee Report

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Published on: December 27, 2018

Survey data is only as good as the quality and integrity of the data submitted by people. Thank you for taking the time to submit your data.
Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this year’s meeting due to the birth of our precious Alice in the end of May. If you have any questions and/or suggestions for next year’s survey please contact me at any time. Special thanks to Michael Wehrman for his guidance.

Sincerely,
Daniela Demetrio, DVM, MS – ddembryos@gmail.com

2018 SURVEY SUMMARY (2017 DATA)

The submitted data from 238 embryo practitioners, 138 ETBs (Embryo Transfer Businesses), 119 AETA certified, is summarized below. This year, non-AETA members were allowed to submit data. Part of the increase in the numbers from last year is a consequence of that.

  • Embryo transfer work is the main business of 68 ETBs (considered >80% ET work);
  • 137 ETBs transferred embryos (20 only in vivo, 5 only in vitro, and 112 both);
  • 126 ETBs flushed cows;
  • 32 ETBs performed OPUs;
  • 13 IVF laboratories reported data (fertilized oocytes and cultured the embryos in vitro);
  • 16 ETBs produced other species embryos;

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