2020 Candidates for AETA Board of Directors

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Published on: August 13, 2020

Elections will take place during the Annual Business Meeting scheduled for October 7 from 1:30pm-2:30pm central time. Please take a moment to read the candidates bios below.

Daniela Demetrio, DVM

Daniela Demetrio received her DVM degree in 1999 and her master of science degree in animal reproduction in 2006 from the Sao Paulo State University, Brazil. Her passion for bovine embryo production started in 2000, when she learned to transfer embryos and flush cows. She became part of an embryo transfer practice in 2001, and her first exposure to in vitro embryo production was in 2002 during a training course at the National Livestock Breeding Center in Fukushima, Japan. In vitro fertilization became a part of her practice in 2003. She received the award for Best Applied Science Research from the Brazilian Embryo Transfer Association (SBTE) in 2006, for her work comparing AI and embryo transfer in lactating Holstein cow recipients.

In 2006, Demetrio and her husband, Julio, were invited by the Maddox family to set up RuAnn’s IVF laboratory in Riverdale, California. In 2008, they decided to make the United States their new home. They have two daughters: Luiza, age eight, and Alice, two.

Demetrio obtained her California veterinary license in 2011 and AETA certification in 2012, and has been chair of the AETA Statistics Committee since 2016.

As the director of RuAnn Genetics’ bovine embryo transfer program, Demetrio is responsible for the production and transfer of approximately 8,000 Holstein and Jersey embryos per year (in vivo and in vitro), for in-house use, for use by local farmers, and for worldwide export.

Dan Gander, DVM

Dan Gander grew up on a small beef farm in southcentral Wisconsin. After graduating from Winona State University with a BS in cell and molecular biology and chemistry, he received his DVM from the University of Wisconsin. Gander is currently a partner at Stateline Veterinary Service (SVS) in Darien, Wisconsin. Stateline Veterinary Service is a nine-doctor food-animal practice serving southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. 

Producer relationships have been key to the growth of embryo transfer in Gander’s practice. It is those relationships that have both nurtured an interest and fueled a passion in bovine embryo transfer. Gander started SVS Repro to further pursue this interest, and its growth has shifted his day-to-day work from general food-animal practice to bovine embryo transfer exclusively.

Gander resides in Beloit, Wisconsin, with his wife, Annie, and their four children (Ryne, Hailey, Reese, and Brooks). In his free time he enjoys playing, watching, and coaching baseball, starting new projects on his farm, and spending time with his family.

Chuck Gue, DVM

Chuck Gue earned a DVM from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 and was introduced to embryo transfer procedures during an elective clinical rotation before graduation. As an associate practitioner in a mixed veterinary practice in southeast Nebraska, Gue provided bovine embryo collection and transfer services to local seedstock and club calf producers. Following employment with Trans Ova Genetics from late 1990 through early 2005, Gue has been providing embryo transfer services as a solo practitioner from his home in southwest Montana.

As a member of the AETA for 20 years, Gue feels he has not done enough to give back to the members that are the association. Gue thanks the board for the humbling nomination and would be honored to extend his time and efforts to the association.

Allen Strecker, DVM

Allen Strecker graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in 1978 and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University in 1982. He went on to work at Harrogate Hospital for Animals under the direction of Edwin Robertson. During this time, he learned the techniques of collection, freezing, and nonsurgical transfer of embryos.

In 1986, Strecker returned to Lexington, Virginia, to establish Blue Ridge Animal Clinic, which has evolved into a six-veterinarian, mixed animal practice, offering small and large animal medicine and surgery, as well as bovine and equine embryo transfer services. The practice has recently started offering assisted reproduction services in small ruminants.

Strecker and his wife, Kristen, raised their four sons, Luke, Bobby, Will, and Markus, on a small farm in Rockbridge Baths, where they primarily raise crossbred cattle and goats. Vacations and time away from practice were usually centered around livestock shows or sporting events. Luke, Bobby, and Will are actively involved in the livestock industry today, and Markus is serving in the military.

Strecker has served as director of the Virginia Angus Association and the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association. He is currently serving as director of the Rockbridge County Farm Bureau and an elder at Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church.

Strecker is currently serving on the AETA Audit Committee, and his practice has been a Certified Embryo Transfer Business since 1991.

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