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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New Directors Elected to the AETA Board of Directors

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Published on: December 16, 2015

At the 2015 AETA and CETA/ACTE, two new directors were elected to the AETA board of directors with terms starting on January 1, 2016.

Dave Dixon of Rensselaer, Indiana, and Matt Iager of Hagerstown, Maryland, are the two new representatives.

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Reuben Mapletoft Awarded AETA Lifetime Achievement Award

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At the 2015 AETA and CETA/ACTE Joint Annual Convention, Reuben Mapletoft was awarded the AETA Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Catching Up: John F. Hasler

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Hasler_catching_upFive Things I Am Most Proud Of

Having been asked to provide some personal material for this column, I decided to follow Bob Rowe’s earlier submission as a template. As you will see, Bob and I share some notable career similarities, both chronologically and subject wise.

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Recipient Management and Synchronization: A Veterinarian’s Perspective

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Published on: December 16, 2015

by Pat Comyn, Madison, VA

 

Introduction

Successful embryo transfer comprises two somewhat independent components. The first component is to produce or recover grade and select embryos for immediate placement or cryopreservation. The second component is to transfer the selected fresh or frozen embryos into fertile recipients and obtain viable pregnancies and eventually calves.

This section will focus on the second component, primarily recipient selection and management and use of appropriate protocols to match a recipient’s endometrium with the chronological age of the embryo being transferred.

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Dairy Calves in Cold Weather

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Published on: December 16, 2015

by Mid Maryland Dairy Vets

Each winter once nighttime temperatures are consistently in the 20s, we start to receive this call, “Hey Doc, I have 10–14 day old calves that are dying and nothing I treat them with works.” When we visit the farm, we see the same thing each year—thin, weak calves that are scouring and depressed and about to die. When asked what has changed, the dairyman says, “Nothing. We are feeding them the same way we always have.”

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Articles of Interest

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Persistence and recovery of regressing 3-mm ovarian follicles in heifers

Impact of maternal heat stress at insemination on the subsequent reproductive performance of Holstein, Brown Swiss, and their crosses

Antioxidant effect of crocin on bovine sperm quality and in vitro fertilization

A simple medium enables bovine embryos to be held for seven days at 4°C

Enhancing clinical decision making: Systematic evaluation of scientific research for appropriateness of data analysis to improve clinical decision making

Principles of evidence-based veterinary medicine: What is it and why does it matter?

Melissa Goodman. Just because I can doesn’t mean I should: The application of evidence-based medicine to small animal theriogenology. Clinical Theriogenology 7: 147–152, 2015

AETA 2015 Scholarship Winner Report: Hayley Benham

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My objectives for attending this meeting were to learn more about the embryo transfer industry as a whole and to see how members from industry and research collaborate. Since I am not a veterinary student looking to be a practitioner, I wanted to understand how a graduate student such as myself, focused primarily on research, would best become involved in this professional community. I was also particularly interested in understanding how technologies such as IVF are affecting the industry, since in vitro systems are an integral component of my current research.

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AETA 2015 Scholarship Winner Report: Fabian A. Diaz

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I would like to start by introducing myself so I can depict how important it was for me to attend the AETA annual convention. I am Fabian Diaz, international graduate student at the Department of Animal Science, Louisiana State University (LSU). During my undergraduate studies I discovered and developed my passion for animal reproduction and biotechnology. This is how I decided to pursue graduate studies in this field. I obtained a MSc degree in December 2013, where my research project was the cryopreservation of day-8 equine embryos following blastocyst micromanipulation and vitrification. On spring 2014 I started the PhD program at LSU. My dissertation work involves the evaluation of the effects of different types of stress on the epigenetic makeup of IVM oocytes and IVP embryos. I am especially interested in assisted reproductive technologies in bovine and equine species.

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AETA 2015 Scholarship Winner Report: Nathan Geater

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I would like to start off by thanking all the AETA members and the sponsors that contributed to the scholarship fund. During the introduction of scholarship recipients at the banquet, the statement was made that we were the next generation of the industry. If our generation accomplishes even close to as much as what the previous ones have, the livestock industry will be dramatically changed for the better.

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AETA 2015 Scholarship Winner Report: Ryan Giles

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Published on: December 16, 2015

Being awarded with one of the AETA Student Scholarships provided me with such a unique opportunity that I am truly grateful for. It was such an amazing experience attending the joint convention that I would not have been able to participate in without the tremendous generosity of the AETA. I had a number of objectives for attending the convention, which mainly pertained to helping improve my knowledge of the embryo transfer industry as a whole. The first major objective was to use the student sessions in advanced reproductive physiology and basic embryo handling procedures. While our veterinary school curriculum focuses heavily of bovine theriogenology, specific emphasis on basic principles for utilization of embryo transfer techniques in a veterinary practice is lacking. I was able to gain valuable knowledge on the intricacies of proper embryo morphology and handling practices and their importance in providing quality results to a client. The advanced reproductive physiology presentation challenged me to build upon my foundation of basic estrous cycle manipulation through learning the schemes used in donor and recipient cow protocols to maximize the efficacy of a donor synchronization program.

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AETA 2015 Scholarship Winner Report: Jon Logterman

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Published on: December 16, 2015

The AETA/CETA joint convention was an extraordinary opportunity to network with embryo transfer veterinarians, as well as learn different methods for successful transfers. Being a student, I had minimal exposure to the specific details involving traditional ET and even less to in vitro fertilization. The convention proved to be an excellent learning experience and was also very fun.

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AETA 2015 Scholarship Winner Report: Brady Myers

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Published on: December 16, 2015

First and foremost, I would like to thank the AETA for giving me the opportunity to attend the annual meeting. The conference is a great experience for young professionals interested in the embryo transfer industry. I found an interest in livestock reproduction early in my veterinary education, and my passion for the industry is driving me to pursue a career in embryo transfer. Attending the annual meeting was a great way for me to expand my knowledge on the latest research and technologies in this business. I thought the meeting topics were very relevant and thought provoking, and I especially enjoyed networking with practitioners who graciously shared helpful tips that will aid in my transition into a successful practitioner in this industry. I cannot stress enough how important programs like these are for building the next generation of embryo transfer practitioners.

Thank You,

Brady Myers

University of Minnesota

AETA 2015 Scholarship Winner Report: Aaron Prososki

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Published on: December 16, 2015

Being provided the financial support to be able to attend the AETA/CETA annual conference in Niagara Falls this year has been both an honor and a privilege. I am extremely grateful to have been one of the student scholarship recipients and have the opportunity to expand upon my knowledge base in such an intriguing discipline.

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AETA 2015 Scholarship Winner Report: Matthew Snyder

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Published on: December 16, 2015

I would like to take the time to thank the AETA, its members, and its scholarship committee for giving me the opportunity and financial support to attend the 2015 AETA–CETA/ACTE joint convention. My main goals for the conference were to learn more about current research in the industry, to learn new techniques, and to learn from successful people within the industry. Ultimately, the knowledge that I have gained by attending the conference has greatly impacted me and will help me to become a better embryologist. The committee did an excellent job of selecting speakers with a wide range of topics that made for an excellent educational experience that allowed me to accomplish all of my objectives for the conference.

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FASS News: Science Policy Program

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Published on: December 15, 2015

On December 15, 2015 the following letter was sent to AETA from FASS:

Since 2009, FASS has hosted a science policy program to create a voice for animal science, funded by the American Dairy Science Association®, American Society of Animal Science, and Poultry Science Association. The success of this program has been driven by an effective partnership between The Randel Group and active participation by committed members of the FASS Science Policy Committee. The Randel Group represents FASS in Washington, DC as well as at other events and meetings throughout the country. Representatives to the FASS Science Policy Committee have been appointed from the three groups noted above as well as the ADSA-ASAS Midwest.

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