2016 AETA Board Election Candidates

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Published on: September 13, 2016

bartlett_photoMatt Bartlett, DVM

I am originally from Salina, KS. I grew up on a small commercial beef herd and was active in 4-H and FFA. Introduced to the embryo transfer industry growing up working for Glenn Engelland at Sun Valley Embryo Transfer through high school and the first summer of college. I went to Kansas State University for Animal Science and graduated from the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. My wife, Kelli, and I have 3 kids Benjamin (7), Cooper (5), and Marley (2). I started working for Trans Ova Genetics as a Professional Service Veterinarian servicing the ND, SD, NE, & MT regions. In 2009-2015, in addition to my beef clientele, I focused on building our young stock IVF program for dairy heifers. Currently, I am our IA Production Team Leader and focus a lot of my time on team building and team structure. This past 2 years I have been a member of the AETA Certification Committee. I have had the great privilege to work with and build great relationships with numerous practitioners in our industry as IVF production has evolved. I have been presented with a tremendous amount of opportunities from working within this industry and am eager to serve this organization as it moves forward.


bigalk_photoKory Bigalk, DVM

Kory Bigalk was born and raised on a small beef farm in southeastern Minnesota.  He graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998.

Dr. Bigalk practiced large animal medicine in a primarily dairy practice from 1998 until 2010.  He began doing embryo transfer and ultrasound work in 2001.  In 2010, he purchased an existing embryo transfer business, formed Diamond K Genetics and began doing embryo transfer work full time.

Bigalk and his wife have 3 young children and live on a small hobby farm where they raise purebred Simmental cattle.


comyn_photoPat Comyn, DVM

NCSU-CVM 1988. Owner of Virgnia Herd Health Management Service P.C.. Certified AETA 2005, EU certified, owner breeder registered Holsteins. Married (Barbara) with 2 children in college (Va Tech and NCSU-CVM), both interested in Vet Med, son also interested in embryo transfer and IVF. I prefer following bird dogs in my spare time.




dorshorst_photoMatthew Dorshorst, DVM

I am a Veterinary practitioner from central Wisconsin. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 with BS, MS and DVM degrees and began practicing veterinary medicine. I have spent the last 3 years as the sole owner of Origin Reproduction Services. I specialize in bovine reproductive ultrasonography as well as collection, transfer, cryo-preservation and export of bovine embryos. I have assisted with foreign market development on the behalf of the AETA as a member of the Cooperator Committee. I have had the privilege to facilitate training of Veterinarians domestically as well as internationally through joint ventures with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the AETA and the Babcock Institute. I am the father of four children and together with my wife, Molly, we own and merchandise black and white as well as red and white Holstein cattle. We also have a research and marketing interest in polled Holstein genetics and pigment mutations in Holstein cattle.

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