October President’s Letter

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Published on: October 27, 2011

As the weather is cooling here in Kansas, the fall crops are being harvested, the wheat is mostly planted  and the farmers are finally turning their attention to the cows. With the record breaking heat and drought scorching the pastures and feed supplies, most cattlemen from here south  have been culling to the heart of their herds and scrambling to acquire enough feed to maintain the few cows they have retained. Driving north on I-35 from San Antonio to Salina in August, we met a steady stream of hay trucks heading south. It is a large area that is hurting and prospects for plentiful moisture don’t look promising. I guess the silver lining is that when we do get moisture, there are going to be a lot of good cattle needed to repopulate. There is always positive in every situation!

The San Antonio convention was a success thanks to many people lending a hand. Special thanks go to Dr. Castleberry for hosting the small ruminant wet lab at his facility, and to Dr. Looney for providing equipment and personnel to make the timely topics sessions happen. Thanks to all those who presented talks or organized events, your time and expertise are appreciated. Once again our sponsors and exhibitors stepped up big time to contribute to making this event a yearly reunion that not only informs and educates but is just plain enjoyable. Yep, the timely topics need a little constructive tweaking, but all in all, it was a success. To everyone that contributed to making this event happen I would like to extend a sincere Texas- sized Thank You!

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AETA/IETS Joint Pre-Conference Symposium

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Don’t miss the Joint IETS-AETA Pre-Conference Symposium on “Recent Advances in Bovine Reproduction and Embryo Transfer” at the 38th Annual Conference of the IETS taking place at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona from January 7-10, 2012.  This meeting is worth 10 CE credits towards maintaining certification status with AETA.

Other potential sessions of interest:

Practitioner’s Think Tank: How can we achieve the highest fertility in our herds?

Practitioners’ Forum: Recent Advances in the Use of IVF and IVF Frozen Embryos in Commercial Embryo Transfer

To view the full program and get more information please visit the conference website at http://www.iets.org/2012/

New AETA Website Coming Soon

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COMING SOON

A makeover of the AETA website is soon headed your way!

The AETA Education Committee and the AETA Board of Directors have been working closely with the FASS Technology Team to produce a new and improved AETA website.  In addition to boasting a new look, the AETA web site will offer visitors intuitive navigation and quick reference to critical information.

The site will also provide the following new features:

  • Greater search functionality
  • Live feeds from the AETA Facebook page and the latest issue of A Closer Look
  • Student and practitioner focused sections
  • A new online process for joining AETA
  • An automated Embryo Transfer Business (ETB) Survey

We are entering the final phases before final web site launch so keep your eyes open for the official announcement! This will be a great improvement of our web presence!

TRY AN EXTERNSHIP!!!

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Published on: October 27, 2011

We have all talked a lot recently about our ‘graying’  membership.  We know that many of the early members of the AETA are fast approaching retirement.  And we know that we need to continue to attract new individuals to the field of embryo transfer.

One way to help develop interest in embryo transfer is to host an extern at your practice.  The AETA website has a site to list practices that are willing to host externs; it is found in the membership section.  At that site you can identify your practice and define the externship that you would like to offer.  The externship site is open to all viewers of the website.  Students who are surfing the web looking for embryo transfer experience can locate your practice and contact you.

As you meet and work with these students you can talk about the annual meeting and the scholarships that are available.  You may meet a promising student that you would like to invite back to work over semester break or during the summer in a paid position.  As you follow that path you will be building interest and experience in both ET and your own practice; that interest may lead to a future full-time employee or even a partner.  And the student may arrange for you to give a lecture or demonstration at her school, extending your experience to a wider audience.
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2011 AETA/CETA-ACTE Joint Meeting By The Numbers

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Total AETA/CETA-ACTE Members in Attendance: 312

Total AETA/CETA-ACTE Non-Members in Attendance: 16

Total AETA/CETA-ACTE Technician Registrations: 26

Total AETA/CETA-ACTE Student Registrations: 16

Total AETA/CETA-ACTE Speakers: 12

Companion Registrations: 61

Exhibiting Companies: 21

Sponsoring Companies: 10

 

2011 AETA Annual Convention Student Scholarship Award Winner Report: Lindsey Wallman

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Dear AETA members –

Thank you for sponsoring my trip to the annual convention in San Antonio as well as helping me feel like a welcome addition to your organization.  I am currently finishing my fourth year in the University of Nebraska / Iowa State University cooperative program and looking forward to integrating embryo transfer and other reproductive services into my services as a veterinarian.

My objectives for attending the convention this year were to meet and learn from people in the veterinary reproductive services field and learn how to integrate advanced reproductive services into a herd and how specifically to provide those technical skills.  Meeting and learning from people in the field started the moment I got off the airplane, and continued at the golf course and throughout the convention at luncheons, breaks, etc.  I can’t thank you as members of the AETA as well as members of the CETA enough for making me feel welcome and providing guidance for me as a fourth year student preparing to enter the veterinary profession.  I even received some guidance on improving my golf game!
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2011 AETA Annual Convention Student Scholarship Award Winner Report: J. Oliver Irons

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J. Oliver Irons, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

2011 AETA Conference Scholarship winner

First and foremost, I am incredibly fortunate and appreciative for the opportunity to attend the 2011 AETA/CETA-ACTE Joint Annual Convention in San Antonio.  The hospitality and inclusion I received was unrivaled from the members of both organizations.  Over the last eight years, I have been involved with superovulation and embryo transfer within my family’s registered and commercial beef cattle operation.  Truthfully, my fascination for these techniques became the main driving force to pursue veterinary school a few years ago.  Therefore, when I was informed of the opportunity to attend this conference on scholarship, I was excited to attend and created the following objectives:

  • To broaden my knowledge of varying management strategies for the donor and recipient
  • To gain more understanding of different cryopreservation equipment and techniques
  • Understanding the different scenarios for in-vitro versus in-vivo practices, and the future outlook of each within the different segments of the cattle industry
  • To network and create multiple mentoring relationships with current leading practitioners

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