A “Thank You” from Steve Malin, AETA President’s Award Recipient

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Published on: December 9, 2016

I would like to thank Bethany Funnell and everyone else who had had any part in recognizing me with the President’s Award during our recent convention. Our association can certainly keep a secret. I didn’t have a clue anything was in the works until Bethany began her talk. I will cherish that honor for the rest of my life.

The AETA has been a valuable asset to me as I look back on my professional career. Without the benefit of the information shared during formal presentations and personal interactions with friends and colleagues in our industry, I‘m sure my career would have been much less rewarding.

In fact, I am quite sure my career would have been much shorter. A personal story demonstrates the value of an organization such as the AETA. This story goes back to pre-AETA times, but I expect similar events have happened at AETA conventions. With the help of mentors and colleagues, I began my career in embryo transfer in the late 1970s. I was quite lucky. Starting with the first cow I flushed, things went well and continued to do so for a year or two. Then all of a sudden, I began to struggle. The harder I tried, the poorer results I had. My pregnancy rate dropped from quite acceptable to very poor. I got to the point where I had decided that embryo transfer was probably not for me. One of my mentors/colleagues, Scott Armbrust, convinced me to come along with our Wisconsin-Iowa group to one more IETS meeting, because “we always have such a good time,” and I agreed to go. During that convention, John Hasler did me and probably many others a very big favor. During his presentation, he explained that results at Em-Tran during the previous year were not good and that they had just recently discovered that due to a change in the rubber in syringes, there was now a toxic substance in the new rubber that was killing their embryos. John did not have to share that information. I’ve thanked him several times personally since then and do so in my mind every time I think about it.

That is just one reason I see the value in organizations such as AETA. I appreciate having the opportunity to give a little back to the industry and our organization by serving on the Certification Committee for many years, on a couple of other committees and on the Board during the difficult time when we needed to change management organizations. Thanks again, Bethany and all others responsible for presenting me with that award. It has been an honor to serve.

-Steve Malin

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