December 2013 President’s Letter

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Published on: December 20, 2013

As my term as President will end in just a few weeks, it seemed like an appropriate time to look back and extend a few well deserved and sincere thanks to those who have made my tenure such a pleasurable experience.  I mentioned in Reno what an honor it has been to be able to serve on the board and I feel very fortunate to have had such a great group of practitioners to work with along the way.  I will admit to a certain amount of relief in having the annual meeting behind me and I am sure you will agree that it was a great success.  Michael Pugh, Charles Looney, Francois-Xavier Grand and David Hamilton did a wonderful job putting together a program that had something for everyone.

I would also like to thank the membership committee for once again selecting a fine group of student scholarship winners.  I hope that many of you had the opportunity to interact with these impressive individuals who are the future of our organization.  Looking ahead to Madison we anticipate an even stronger student contingent beyond our scholarship winners.  Our hope is to do a better job of identifying our student attendees early in the program in Madison and make them more recognizable by their badge.  It has also been suggested that we try and pair these students with a mentor at the conference.  This would be an informal arrangement and hopefully provide each student with a familiar face, someone to make introductions and perhaps have lunch.  Please keep this in mind as 2014 progresses and let us know if you would be interested.

In the last newsletter I detailed some of the events regarding my trip to India over the summer.  The focus of that trip was to represent the AETA and forward the process of cultivating a better trade relationship with an emerging market that has tremendous potential.  Subsequent to that trip we have hosted a number of Indian delegates and had two in attendance at our meeting in Reno.  Our cooperator committee is currently in contact with a number of parties in that region and I mention it in this letter with the intent of pointing out just a small portion of the work that occurs on a daily basis within our organization at the committee level.  It would be cumbersome and inappropriate to make any attempt to thank these individuals – they do not serve for the accolades – but I do feel compelled to point out that, if nothing else, my time on the board has given me a deep appreciation for the amount of dedication and work that occurs unnoticed.

Thank you once again for the opportunity to serve on the board of directors.  I hope to see many of you again soon in Reno at the IETS meeting.  Until then, Happy Holidays and safe travels.

Sincerely,

Kevin A. Lindell

2013 Fall Board of Directors Meeting

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Published on: December 19, 2013
Members of the 2012 and 2013 AETA Board of Directors
Members of the 2012 and 2013 AETA Board of Directors

The AETA Board of Directors met on October 9th in Reno, just before the annual meeting.

There was a substantial element of “business as usual” at this particular meeting.   The detailed review of the association finances and the activities of each of the committees does take a considerable amount of time.  The good news is that the association finances are in great shape and all the committees are actively performing their functions.

There were also a number of new and relatively new items under discussion.  The Board agreed to continue to support the AABP ET 101 Wet lab.  And the Board agreed to continue the support of the concept of a joint annual meeting with IETS in 2017.  The concept of a voluntary list of ET practices/practitioners that would be willing to be mentors to new practitioners was discussed.  It was suggested that such a list could be on the website (available to members only).  Look for that function sometime in 2014.

The Board continues to work on a strategic plan for the association; this plan would be for the next five years.  At this Board meeting the Board elected to serve as the plan implementation committee and provide primary oversight for the plan going forward.  The Membership Committee, Education Committee, and Certification Committee have been charged with developing strategies to implement the goals outlined in the plan.  These committees will report to the Board at the next meeting.

The Board will meet in February in Madison, at the site of the 2014 annual meeting.  If you have any comments or items that you think need to be addressed by the Board, please feel free to contact any Board member or Jeremy Holzner.

Ethics of Estradiol Use in the United States

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Published on: December 19, 2013

There were many topics at the annual meeting in Reno that stimulated conversation and among them was the topic of estradiol usage in the U.S.  This is certainly an issue that has been raised many times over the years but we felt it appropriate, in light of these conversations, to reiterate the legal status of estradiol usage in the U.S. and the AETA position regarding such use.  The FDA has set forth a clear mandate that the use of estrogenic compounds is prohibited in food animals in the U.S. (http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm048301.htm).

Estradiol usage in food producing animals for production purposes would not be allowed in an “extra-label” manner under any circumstances.  There has also been clear evidence presented by several of our own members proving that alternative treatments are available for follicular wave synchronization.

Over time there has been a number of basic research and clinical studies involving estradiol presented at the annual AETA meetings.  The fact that these studies have been presented to the membership is NEITHER an endorsement NOR a statement on the legality of the protocols by either the AETA or its Board of Directors.  It should be noted that several of the presentations at this year’s meeting clearly indicated that estradiol use is not legal in the United States.

We would take this opportunity to remind our members that they are expected to comply with the By-Laws and the Code of Ethics of the AETA. It is clearly stated that all members “shall comply with all federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations governing or impacting the industry.”

Kevin Lindell
President, AETA

Evidence-Based ET: Does corpus luteum (CL) quality in bovine ET recipients matter?

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Published on: December 19, 2013

John F. Hasler

Yes, of course it does! Obviously, however, the accuracy of this statement depends on the definition of CL ‘quality’. In many cases, assessing the ‘quality’ of the corpus luteum is not a particularly accurate endeavor whether it is based on gross morphology, rectal palpation or ultrasound examination. When considering the outcome of ET in bovine recipients, the most important single criterion involving the CL is whether or not there is sufficient progesterone to support a pregnancy. Based on this, and for the purposes of this discussion, I am defining CL ‘quality’ as being related to progesterone secretion.  However, it is not practical to determine progesterone levels in recipients at the time of ET.  In addition, numerous studies have demonstrated that there is a very wide range of progesterone levels at the time of ET that successfully support pregnancy. Consequently, ET usually is based on physical characteristics of the CL at the time of transfer.

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Practitioner’s Forum Report: Embryo Evaluation Session

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Published on: December 19, 2013

2013-AETA-WebBannerDuring this year’s joint AETA and CETA meeting in Reno, Nevada we tackled the topic of embryo evaluation. This interactive session allowed participants to answer questions in real-time about embryo quality and stage of development using the iClicker technology. Answers to each question were recorded and are presented in a summary document, which can be found here.

The session began with a few basic questions to define the audience (role in the embryo transfer industry, years of experience and current method for evaluating embryos). While it was no surprise that the majority of the audience members were embryo transfer practitioners, it was encouraging to note that 22% of the attendees had fewer than 5 years of experience, which suggests that there are new practitioners entering the embryo transfer arena.

The embryo grading quiz provided some interesting results. During the session, participants were asked to use the IETS system of grading where a grade 1 is an excellent to good quality embryo, grade 2 a fair quality embryo, grade 3 a poor quality embryo and grade 4 is given to dead or degenerate embryos. Even after reviewing the guidelines for using this grading system some embryos were surprisingly downgraded by a number of participants. For example the early blastocyst shown in question 5 is an excellent quality embryo (grade 1) yet 13% of participants called it a fair quality embryo (grade 2) and 5% of participants gave it a lower grade still. It is difficult to interpret how any experience ET practitioner would downgrade this embryo from grade 1, and in fact from anything but excellent quality with no obvious problems in any aspect of its’ morphology.

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Cold Weather Practice Tip

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Published on: December 19, 2013

Go to the ET section at WalMart and get some plastic storage containers and put heating pads in them to keep everything warm. We use two -One for filter and one for flush media. You can also pick up some pipe insulation and put around the tubing.

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Scientific Articles of Interest

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Effects of deep-horn AI on fertilization and embryo production in superovulated cows and heifers
http://www.theriojournal.com/article/S0093-691X(13)00331-2/abstract

Acute follicular response to FSH in heifers downregulated long term with a GnRH agonist and with suppressed ovarian follicular growth
http://www.theriojournal.com/article/S0093-691X(13)00299-9/abstract

Effect of increasing GnRH and PGF dose during Double-Ovsynch on ovulatory response, luteal regression, and fertility of lactating dairy cows
http://www.theriojournal.com/article/S0093-691X(13)00264-1/abstract

Two-way coupling between FSH and the dominant follicle in heifers
http://www.theriojournal.com/article/S0093-691X(13)00197-0/abstract

Cysteamine supplementation during in vitro maturation of slaughterhouse- and opu-derived bovine oocytes improves embryonic development without affecting cryotolerance, pregnancy rate, and calf characteristics
http://www.theriojournal.com/article/S0093-691X(13)00172-6/abstract

Fertility in Angus cross beef cows following 5-day CO-Synch + CIDR or 7-day CO-Synch + CIDR estrus synchronization and timed artificial insemination
http://www.theriojournal.com/article/S0093-691X(13)00290-2/abstract

AETA 2013 Scholarship Winner Report: Patrick Brinson

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Published on: December 19, 2013

What a great 2013 AETA annual meeting! I thoroughly enjoyed the time that I spent listening to and interacting with veterinarians and scientists from around the world. Coming into the meeting I wanted to refresh, expand, and further my knowledge of embryo transfer and other reproductive technologies. I was also seeking to network with veterinarians and industry leaders from around the world. I really gained a lot from the ET 101 session and will be able to use that knowledge in my future practice in addition to sharing it with my current colleagues.

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AETA 2013 Scholarship Winner Report: Andrew Dietsche

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Thank you so much to the American Embryo Transfer Association and the Membership Committee for selecting me as a scholarship recipient. When I first wrote my essay back in August, I anticipated three main benefits of attending the AETA Conference. These included: increasing my depth and breadth of knowledge of both in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer, learning more about the capabilities of ultrasound, and gaining a greater appreciation of practice management including strategic planning for the future of an embryo transfer business.  As I look back at the conference in Reno, my expected benefits were easily surpassed through the contents and participants in the conference.

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AETA 2013 Scholarship Winner Report: Phillip Firth

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Published on: December 19, 2013

I would like to start off by thanking AETA for the opportunity to attend its annual conference.  The meeting was excellent.  It was time well spent and you are an organization that I look forward to participating in for years to come.

I had many objectives for attendance, the main being to gain contacts and friendships with practitioners that make a living doing embryo transfer work.  This was not hard to do.  Everyone was friendly and concerned about my future career plans and success.  I also wanted to get an idea of some business models that have worked for others.  The practice and data management sessions were excellent for ideas that I can build on as I go forward.  Finally, I wanted to get a good review of the basics of transfer, superovulation, breeding of donors, and freezing.  The ET 101 session provided a great step-by-step evaluation of techniques and physiology.  Also extremely valuable was the opportunity to listen to many experienced practitioners sharing their tips on what works best in different clinical settings.

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AETA 2013 Scholarship Winner Report: Gretchen Frost

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Published on: December 19, 2013

I can’t begin to express the appreciation I have for being selected as an AETA scholarship recipient for this year’s conference in Reno, Nevada. The organization offered me not only monetary support, but welcoming arms as well. There were numerous practitioners that voluntarily introduced themselves which really helped the overwhelming feeling I had on the first day. The conference not only allowed me to meet several practitioners, but helped me to gain a better understanding of where the world of embryo transfer is today and where it is headed. My expectations of networking and gaining a better understanding of new technologies were definitely met.

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AETA 2013 Scholarship Winner Report: Ashley Swenson

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Published on: December 19, 2013

Attending the 2013 Annual Meeting was a great experience.  I would like to extend my gratitude to the AETA for providing such a great opportunity.  The information presented was not only pertinent for students, but also industry members.  The ET101 session was a great introduction to kick off the student aspect of the meeting.  Throughout the week, the sessions continued to be highly educational.  Not only did the sessions present the latest practices and research in the industry, but also provided insight for incorporating such methods into ET practices. Beyond the sessions, I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to network with practitioners, industry members and the AETA board members during breaks, luncheons, and social events.

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AETA 2013 Scholarship Winner Report: Benjamin Winslow

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Published on: December 19, 2013

I was hopeful that attending the 2013 Convention for AETA & CETA/ACTE would be a good experience.  After all, the program suggested an event full of practical advice and novel concepts, delivered by some of the field’s most respected and well-credentialed clinicians and researchers, and accompanied by exhibits from the industry’s most relevant suppliers.  Sky-high expectations leave abundant room for disappointment.  However, that was not at all the case in this instance.  Attending the Convention was an incredibly awesome, inspiring experience.  I will forever be extremely grateful to AETA for bringing it to fruition for me.

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