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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Catching Up: Chris Keim

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KeimA Few Things I Have Learned

  1. Nothing good can happen to embryos sitting on the countertop. International travel has taught me to appreciate and be more tolerant of other cultures and religions. Everyone should take the time to visit Israel for a few days. Dr. Hornickel and I have worked together and relied on each other for nearly 40 years. Now we need each other to remember people’s names.
  2. I have gained so much respect for the full-time ET vets that developed their businesses from scratch. I’m sure they experienced the many risks and satisfying moments that we did.
  3. We shouldn’t need incentives to do quality work, but extra motivation comes from owning some donors of your own, or having clients pay you on a per-pregnancy basis.
  4. I have learned a lot about myself and others around me following a life-threatening event.

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Practice Tip: OB Sleeve Holder Options

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Likely one of the most traditional ways to hold an OB sleeve up and onto the shoulder is the forceps (mosquito, towel, tissue, etc.).

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If any of you are like me, you will find some times when those pesky things disappear and you are without. Oh no, what to do now?

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Articles of Interest

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Combined use of progesterone inserts, ultrasonography, and GnRH to identify and resynchronize nonpregnant cows and heifers 21 days after timed artificial insemination

Prevalence of cervicitis in dairy cows and its effect on reproduction

Effect of cortisol on bovine oocyte maturation and embryo development in vitro

Improved cellular thermotolerance in cloned Holstein cattle derived with cytoplasts from a thermotolerant breed

Effect of vitrification using the Cryotop method on the gene expression profile of in vitro–produced bovine embryos

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Evaluation of In Vitro–Produced Bovine Embryos

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by Jennifer Barfield, PhD

Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Lab, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

At the 2015 joint meeting of the American and Canadian Embryo Transfer Associations, I presented a preconference symposium on bovine embryo grading in an interactive forum where participants provided real-time feedback on how they would grade embryos of various stages and qualities. One aspect of grading touched on was the difference between in vitro–produced (IVP) and in vivo–derived (IVD) embryos. When asked whether the attendees believed we need separate grading systems for these two types of embryos, the crowd was split with 47% of respondents supporting the development of a new system and 53% believing it is not needed. Here I will review some of the challenges involved with grading IVP and IVD embryos, the implications of these challenges, and propose a method by which researchers and practitioners could collaborate to gather data that can be easily shared and used to develop a consensus on the best guidelines for grading IVP embryos.

http://www.aeta.org/docs/Evaluation_of_in_vitro_produced_bovine_embryos.pdf

Review of Proper Labeling of Straws, Canes, and Goblets

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The AETA Education and AETA Certification Committees would like to review standard operations for labeling straws, canes, and goblets based on the IETS standards.

Please follow the link below for an illustrated guide.

http://www.aeta.org/docs/AETAstrawlabel.pdf

Be a Mentor!

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AETA takes great pride in its Student Scholarship award to help cover expenses to attend the AETA-CETA/ACTE Joint Annual Convention.

We would encourage practitioners to support the students by becoming a mentor or offering an externship. The AETA website offers visibility to those who are interested in providing this support to students.

Hosting a fourth-year veterinary student for an externship provides a great opportunity to recruit new members and teach new skills. In addition, serving as a mentor provides additional support from practitioners to encourage and support students.

Please take this time to visit the website and sign up. Thank you.

Sign up to be a mentor

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Save the Date: 2016 Joint AETA and CETA/ACTE Convention

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The 2016 Joint AETA and CETA/ACTE Convention Committee would like to remind you to save the date for the 2016 convention taking place in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 29 to October 1, 2016.

Details can be found on the 2016 AETA and CETA/ACTE Joint Annual Convention website.

 

Below are the dates and locations of future meetings:

2017 AETA and CETA/ACTE Joint Annual Convention
October 26–28, 2017
Caribe Royale Orlando
Orlando, Florida

2018 AETA and CETA/ACTE Joint Annual Convention
September 27–29, 2018
Hotel Bonaventure Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 

Reminder: AETA members have access to Tech Talk!

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Tech Talk

The CETA/ACTE Tech Talk Program is an interactive notepad used to post technical embryo transfer questions, results of clinical trials, or comments that are then distributed to the participants via e-mail. The program is for both CETA/ACTE and AETA members.

If you are an AETA member who would like access to Tech Talk, please e-mail the CETA/ACTE office at CETA.ACTE@gmail.com for more information!

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