AETA President’s Report – Winter 2021

Greetings,

I’d like to first introduce myself to those who don’t know me. I am a partner in White Oak Veterinary Clinic, PC, in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. I have been a member of AETA for 10 years and certified since 2012.

I thank Matt Dorshorst, our immediate past president, for his excellent guidance through a difficult 2020 and our departing board members, Matt Iager and Kory Bigalk. Congratulations to Clay Breiner, who will serve as vice president, and Greg Schueller, who will serve as secretary-treasurer.

Besides the (hopefully) temporary challenges we face from the COVID-19 pandemic, our industry also faces some significant challenges in the near future. With the consolidation of the dairy industry and low beef prices, the traditional model of embryo transfer may be facing some challenges. Some people believe that the bovine embryo is becoming commoditized. My primary goal as president of the AETA this year will be to set the association on a path to help its members deal with these challenges. The high standards required by AETA certification are, I believe, a hedge against commoditization. Our industry, like many others, is changing and being disrupted by newer technology. We should not fear disruption, but instead find a way to adapt.

During our mid-winter board meeting, we will troubleshoot and brainstorm ways to meet these challenges. And if there are any issues you think the board should address, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Sincerely,

Bill Croushore


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