If anyone on this board has used Cornell University in NY for embryo transfers in the past, I would greatly appreciate hearing about your experinces. I live about 1.5 hours away from them, and was considering using their facilities to do ET on my mare this season. It sounds like they may have a new (to their facilities, at least) veterinarian doing them this year. Thanks in advance for your time.
I have been in contact with the repro vet and plan to work with him later this year. He apparently transferred to Cornell Univ to work on bettering their program after a 6-1/2 year stint with the well known Ft. Collins, CO program. He arrived only last April.
Since that time I have also had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Foss of the Columbia, MO equine program, and he holds Dr. DaSilva in very high regard.
I encourage you to contact Dr. Da Silva directly. He was prompt in returning my email and calls, and very helpful. One of his email replies to me is below, with his contact information. Dear Joni It was very nice talking to you today! I contacted the Arabian Horse Association and asked about their regulations regarding registration of foals produced by embryo transfer. Prior to performing ET, AHA requires the owner of the donor mare to apply for a permit for embryo transfers and to perform DNA test of the mare. There is no limit on the number of foals that can be registered from a donor mare in a particular year. Starting in January of 2007, AHA will also accept transfer of frozen embryos. The stallion should also have his DNA typing in file with AHA, and all other requirements (forms, etc...) regarding semen transport are still necessary. Please, let me know if you have any additional questions. I look forward to helping you obtaining multiple pregnancies from your mare. Sincerely, Marco.
==================================== Marco A Coutinho da Silva, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACT Assistant Professor of Theriogenology Department of Clinical Sciences, Box 34 Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14853 Phone: (607)253-4189 Fax: (607)253-3531}
Thanks so much, Joni, for taking the time to write. I am looking forward to talking to him!
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