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    Default Advanced Reproductive Techniques for Mares available in the Mid-Atlantic area?

    Well, at this time of the year, most breeders aren't yet thinking about the next breeding season quite yet...

    So, I thought I would ask this question... I'm interested in locating repro vets in the mid-Atlantic area, particularly VIRGINIA, that are capable of utilizing advanced techniques for achieving pregnancies in mares, specifically Follicle Aspiration and OOCYTE Retrival and Transfer, GIFT techniques, etc...

    I have a friend with a wonderful mare that has infertility due to ovulatory "failure", sounds like she can cycle regularly and will develop follicles in response to normal hormonal influences, but may have some LH "ineffectiveness" in maturing the lead follicle...

    I know that the costs of employing techniques like ET, etc... are pretty costly and I'm sure that's the case with Oocyte Transfer also, but I would really appreciate any information that any of you can share with me... Specifics, like who did you use, sucess of procedure, costs, etc...

    I have already looked at the academic veterinary programs associated with Colorado State, Texas A & M, NC State, and VA Tech (Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine), so I was wondering about the liklihood of Theriogenologist in the private sector in the mid-Atlantic who is capable of these techniques...

    Thanks!

    Martha



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    I am not familiar with that terminology but Kevin Dippert at ERC in Amissville is very good and does a lot of advanced techniques.
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    absolutely, hands down Dr. Dippert. Extremely knowledgable and professional.
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    ET was discovered/invented however you want to describe it at Nandi in PA. The originator is deceased now but I would think the people there would be very experienced in all things repro.



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    Dr. Kevin Dippert.... no doubt about it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by YankeeLawyer
    I am not familiar with that terminology but Kevin Dippert at ERC in Amissville is very good and does a lot of advanced techniques.

    I have emailed him pointing to this thread.
    Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver, Equine Insurance Specialist



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    Thanks for everyone's positive comments regarding ERC in northern VA, but I have looked at the website very closely and there is NO mention of them offering these more advanced, specialized techniques such as Follicle aspiration and Oocyte transfer, etc...

    And, I just spoke to one of the only board certified repro vets in VA, who is located in the Shenandoah Valley... she indicated that those specific techniques may only be available at the academic centers, like VA Tech...

    So, any other thoughts and commmets would be appreciated... Thanks!



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    Quote Originally Posted by mitma View Post
    Thanks for everyone's positive comments regarding ERC in northern VA, but I have looked at the website very closely and there is NO mention of them offering these more advanced, specialized techniques such as Follicle aspiration and Oocyte transfer, etc...

    And, I just spoke to one of the only board certified repro vets in VA, who is located in the Shenandoah Valley... she indicated that those specific techniques may only be available at the academic centers, like VA Tech...

    So, any other thoughts and commmets would be appreciated... Thanks!
    If I were interested in pursuing such techniques I would phone Dr. Dippert and ask him about it.

    I would be very surprised if Virginia Tech offered these techniques. You might ask New Bolton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitma
    Thanks for everyone's positive comments regarding ERC in northern VA, but I have looked at the website very closely and there is NO mention of them offering these more advanced, specialized techniques such as Follicle aspiration and Oocyte transfer, etc...
    Which is why I emailed him this morning asking him to weigh in.

    (I do marketing for ERC)
    Randee Beckman ~Otteridge Farm, LLC (http://on.fb.me/1iJEqvR)~ Marketing Manager - The Clothes Horse & Jennifer Oliver, Equine Insurance Specialist



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    Default Reply from Kevin Dippert. ERC

    I was sent this reply and I've copied & pasted:

    "We do offer transvaginal aspiration services which includes oocyte recovery. We would however ship any recovered oocytes to either Colorado State University or Equine Medical Services in Missouri. They would perform intracytoplasmic sperm injection in an attempt to fertilize the oocyte. The fertilized oocyte would then be transferred into a recipient either at their facility or at our facility. I believe the only other facility on the east coast that may deal with such procedures in Dr. Phil Matthews (Peterson & Smith Equine) in Ocala, FL. Although I don't think his service is operational, it may be worth also contacting Dr. Dirk Vanderwald at the Univerisity of PA, New Bolton Center to see if they offer such services yet. There are only a few private facilities that offer such services and these tend to be out west in Missouri, California, and Texas. For details on costs and success rates, one should contact our clinic."

    Equine Reproduction Concepts, LLC - (Phone) 540-937-9832
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    Is CSU still open for equine reproductive services though?



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    Default Thanks!

    Thanks to everyone for all the information... At this point, I will be chatting with Va Tech and NC State, as both appear to offer the services... Also, I have located another individual in the private sector in northern VA, Dr. Bill Ley (http://vahorsevet.com/) who appears to offer the services... and, I will also chat with ERC in northern VA... And, of course, I wlll need to win the lottery to fund this little project! !



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