AETA 2018 Scholarship Winner Report: Kaitlyn Farmer

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Published on: December 27, 2018

Expectations can be dangerous to set because of the possibility of disappointment to follow. Despite the rather high expectations I set for the 2018 AETA, they were easily met and often exceeded. I anticipated learning about new technology and current techniques within the embryo transfer industry and meeting new people to look up to and learn from; however, I was most excited by the kindness, comradery, and energy to educate those of us just getting started. Each introduction led to encouragement to become involved and genuine interest in who I am. Learning bovine embryo transfer and getting started in this field will have plenty of challenges, but it is comforting to now know the kind of people and their incredible expertise I have access to along the way. Thank you for generously providing student scholarships to make our attendance possible, for making us feel welcome, and for taking the time to share your experiences.

The preconference seminar I attended quickly set the tone for the rest of the weekend, allowing me to focus on just embryo transfer for a few days. I appreciated that many topics throughout the conference had a practical component that could be applied to advanced reproductive technology practices: how to feed donors, when to use artificial insemination when using sexed semen, and clues to donor and recipient reproductive health. I am returning to school excited to continue to learn about embryo transfer. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

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