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Multitude of Equine Reproduction Services Available

February 25, 2016

The Equine Reproduction Service can assist with a multitude of breeding options.

The Equine Reproduction Service can assist with a multitude of breeding options.

With multiple board-certified reproduction specialists, the Equine Reproduction Service is available to provide routine and advanced reproductive care to patients at the hospital. The Service is experienced in breeding with fresh, chilled and frozen semen, and is adept at procedures such as embryo transfer, oocyte retrieval and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

Whether a maiden mare or an experienced broodmare, it is beneficial for every mare to be examined by an experienced equine veterinarian prior to breeding. UC Davis reproduction specialists can give mares thorough breeding soundness examinations, as well as discuss many other factors that could affect a mare’s ability to conceive, such as proper nutrition, preventative medicine, parasite control and exercise. Although infertility or subfertility may occur because of pathological problems, management practices that influence the environment in which a mare lives can significantly affect her reproductive success.

The Service can also help clients with all aspects of reproductive wellness for stallions, as their potential productivity is just as important. The veterinarians will take into consideration the stallion’s general health, soundness of musculoskeletal system (particularly the hind limbs), libido, reproductive system, and quality of the sperm. Clinicians utilize advanced semen evaluation and processing techniques for subfertile stallions. The hospital also has capacity for semen freezing and storage onsite.

Based on their findings, the reproduction team can help owners determine the best course of action with which to proceed, including discussing breeding options (natural vs. artificial insemination), care during pregnancy and foaling options.

At foaling time, the Service can assist with any and all birthing needs. Whether it is for high-risk pregnancies or pregnancies anticipated to be normal, the hospital can keep a watchful eye on expecting mares to give owners peace of mind. Mares are personally monitored around the clock by a highly-trained veterinary technician staff, as well as by video monitoring and the Foal-Alert™ system. Foal-Alert™ devices are sewn into the vulva and activate when the mare goes into labor, allowing for veterinarians to immediately come to the scene. Should any complications arise, the hospital’s board-certified surgeons and anesthesiologists are on call to assist with dystocias and C-sections. Post-foaling complications are handled by the hospital’s world-class Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, headed by a board-certified critical care specialist.

To learn more about equine reproductive options at UC Davis, please contact the Equine Reproduction Service through the Large Animal Clinic at 530-752-0290.