2019 AETA Scholarship Winner Report: Michael Topper

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Published on: January 3, 2020

I would like to first thank the AETA membership as a whole, as well as the scholarship committee for providing me with the opportunity to attend the 2019 CETA/AETA conference. Based on previous students’ experiences at the AETA conference, I had high hopes prior to attending, and the conference lived up to my expectations and then some.

Although my plane was delayed and I missed the first 30 minutes of the pre-conference seminar, I still thought it was a nice introduction to the conference as a whole and provided some excellent insight on how to begin offering embryo transfer services in a practice.

The diverse range of topics presented in the sessions was a great learning experience. I especially enjoyed listening to Dr. Daniela Demetrio’s talk detailing her IVF and embryo transfer protocols at Ruann and Maddox Dairy. Additionally, the student/mentor lunch provided me with an opportunity to talk with recently graduated veterinarians and hear how they have been able to incorporate advanced reproduction techniques into their careers. The mentors at my table ranged from doctors who practice embryo transfer full time, to ambulatory dairy practitioners who offer embryo transfer as a service at their practice. It was fantastic to get their insights on what to focus on during veterinary school and how to begin offering embryo transfer services after graduation.

Overall, I had an amazing time attending the conference and speaking with many AETA members throughout the weekend. I gained a lot of knowledge, as well as advice and contacts for the future. Thank you again for the opportunity. I hope to return next year!

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