Combined Comprehensive Bovine Embryo Transfer
& Artificial Insemination Training Course
Our Artificial Insemination Course is only taught in conjunction with our Comprehensive Embryo Transfer Course. We add 1 day before the ET course where the student learns AI, they then continue practicing AI the rest of the week while learning ET. The Combined Comprehensive Bovine Embryo Transfer & Artificial Insemination Training Course is a 6 day school that begins at 8:00 AM on Monday and ends at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday.
In the Bovine Artificial Insemination portion of the course students learn estrous synchronization, palpating the cervix, and negotiating the AI gun through the cervix. We also supply an excellent AI Management Manual. The course consists of theory and practical work with young cows. Due to innovative techniques and the use of young cows the average student is usually passing the rod through the cervix in less than half a day.
In the Bovine Embryo Transfer portion of the course students are taught the most economical methods to perform embryo transfer in cattle, thereby maximizing profitability. Students will learn how to select and prepare donors & recipients; and how to collect, recognize, manipulate, classify, freeze, thaw & transfer embryos. It is designed for dairymen and ranchers wanting to learn how to perform embryo transfer on their herds; as well as veterinarians wanting to learn embryo transfer to incorporate into their practice. This portion of the course is also RACE-Approved for 50 Hours of Continuing Education for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians in Jurisdictions Which Recognize the American Association of Veterinary State Boards RACE Approval.
Our Embryo Transfer Course Teaches You How to Improve:
- Estrous Synchronization
- Milk Production
- Animal & Embryo Sales
What You Will Learn:
- Synchronization & donor/recipient management.
- How to flush, search, manipulate and classify embryos.
- Procedure for loading embryos into straws for freezing or transfer.
- How to freeze, thaw and transfer embryos.
- Proper completion of embryo transfer paperwork and documentation using International Embryo Technology Society guidelines.
- We also show you where to purchase all the supplies and equipment that will be needed to successfully perform embryo transfer.
We limit the number of students per school to 8. This ensures a high level of teacher/student interaction. Certificates of competency are given to students who complete the course and demonstrate an understanding of the theory & practical techniques of embryo transfer.
Students need to bring clothes adequate for working on cows, we do have boots available if needed. Students are also encouraged to bring a tablet if they have one.
Key Benefits of Artificial Insemination
- The primary advantage of artificial insemination is the maximum use of outstanding bulls. Thus, enhancing the genetic value of the herd.
- Providing access to high quality bulls at modest prices.
- Prevention of transmission of diseases.
- Reduces the risk of introducing harmful recessive traits.
- Improved general herd management.
- Shortening the calving season.
- Improved merchandising through the use of well publicized bulls with known reputations.
- Enhanced genetic value of your herd
- Control venereal diseases
- Improved breeding records
- Improved safety due to no bulls
- Learn estrus synchronization programs
- Essential for embryo transfer programs
- Sex control by using sexed semen
Key Benefits of Embryo Transfer
- To produce more calves from a valuable cow. Donors average between 4 to 6 usable embryos per flush (range 0 to 52 in our experience). The average donor can be superovulated successfully about 6 times per year although there is considerable variation between donors. Pregnancy rates should average 65% in beef, and 75% in dairy cattle.
- Circumvention of some types of infertility can be accomplished using embryo transfer techniques.
- More calves are produced per dose of semen. Two doses of semen are sufficient per superovulation, which will produce an average of 3.5 calves from fertile donors. For instance, 0.5 doses of semen compared to 2 doses of semen per calf under normal breeding practices.
- Prevent disease transmission
- Research tool
- Embryos are a safe and efficient method of exporting and importing genetic material.
- Testing for undesirable recessive traits in the dam.
- To obtain bull calves from top cows for young sire programs which identify the best bulls.
- Changing from grade cattle to pure-bred animals is less expensive using embryo transfer than buying pure-bred cattle.
Each day of the Combined Comprehensive Bovine Embryo Transfer & Artificial Insemination Training Course consists of lectures, labs, and chute time. Students are taught embryo recovery (flushing), identification of embryos and eggs, classification, freezing, thawing, and transfer of embryos.
No successful course on embryo transfer can be given without presenting the student with freshly superovulated cows to provide ample opportunities to experience palpating superovulated ovaries. Therefore, we provide freshly superovulated cows, giving the student the opportunity to practice sufficient flushing & palpation. Frozen-thawed eggs and embryos are available for additional practice whenever needed.
We supply all the equipment needed for the school and we only use young, fertile cycling cows which are observed for heat every day to ensure optimal results.
- Artificial Insemination
- Selection of donors & recipients-genetic & physical aspects
- Reproductive physiology
- Synchronisation of estrus using prostaglandins, progesterones & GnRH
- Superovulation-use of follicle stimulating hormones, mechanisms of follicular maturation, ablation & ovulation
- Heat detection methods
- Breeding strategies and techniques
- Methods of embryo & egg recovery
- Techniques of transferring embryos-palpation of cervix, uterus, ovaries, follicles & corpora lutea
- Preparation of media
- Description, preparation & care of stereozoom microscopes
- Location, manipulation & classifiaction of embryos
- Sanitation of embryos for domestic use & for export
- Techniques for cooling embryos for deep frozen storage using ethylene glycol & glycerol
- Preparation of frozen-thawed embryos for transfer
- Record keeping
- The morning classroom portion consists of lecture on AI.
- The lab portion in the classroom consists of students practicing on actual cow reproductive tracts and the schools cow model.
- In the afternoon students will be out at the chutes practicing on school cows learning palpation, passing of the cervix, etc.
- The classroom portion consists of lectures and PowerPoint presentations covering all aspects of embryo transfer protocols and techniques.
- The lab portion in the classroom consists of students practicing flushing on actual cow reproductive tracts, getting accustomed to working with microscopes, handling embryos, freezing embryos, etc.
- The remaining part of the day students are out at the chutes practicing on school cows. Students will be practicing passing AI guns, ET guns, and catheters for flushing and ultrasound.
- The lab portion in the classroom consists of students practicing flushing on real cow reproductive tracts, embryo handling, and embryo freezing.
- The remaining part of the day students are out at the chutes practicing on school cows. Students will be practicing catheter placement and flushing of the uterus.
- Students flush school cows to collect embryos and then freeze the embryos collected.
Class starts at 8:00 A.M. each day and finishes at 5:00 P.M. (except on Saturday when class finishes at 1:30 P.M.).
There are no academic prerequisites for this course. All one needs is the enthusiasm to learn a new technology.
Our facilities are located in Senatobia Mississippi, just 35 minutes drive from Memphis International Airport. Students flying in to attend our school will need to fly into Memphis International Airport.
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Transportation & Lodging Info
Transportation & Lodging are not included in the cost of the course. If you are flying you will need to fly into Memphis International Airport and rent a vehicle. The training facility is located 35 minutes from the airport. Most students choose to stay in Senatobia or Hernando. However, you may also wish to stay at one of the casinos in Tunica, MS. The closest casinos are the Gold Strike and Horseshoe Casinos, they are located approximately 35 minutes from the school facilities.
Hotels in Senatobia, MS (10 min from training facility)
- Spahn House Bed & Breakfast – (around $85 per night) Phone: 662-288-6851
- Private Lodging – Located across the street from the training facility (around $85 per night) Phone: 662-501-4438 (ask for Terri)
Hotels in Hernando, MS (20 min from training facility)
- Hampton Inn – (around $100 per night) Phone:662-367-6072
- Super 8 – (around $65 per night) Phone:662-429-5334
- Magnolia Grove Bed & Breakfast – (around $85 per night) Phone:662-429-2626
Hotels in Tunica, MS (35 min from training facility)
- Gold Strike Casino – (around $55 per night during the week) Phone:888-245-7829
- Horseshoe Casino – (around $55 per night during the week) Phone:800-303-7463
- Fitz Casino – (starting at $25 per night during the week) Phone:662-363-5825
Our Combined Comprehensive Bovine Embryo Transfer & Artificial Insemination Training Course begins at 8:00 AM on Monday and ends at 1:30 PM on Saturday. Click the "Enroll" button at the bottom of this page to register for this course.
The following is a current list of scheduled course dates:
|10/4/2021 - 10/9/2021 FULL||11/1/2021 - 11/6/2021 FULL|
|2/21/2022 - 2/26/2022|
Tuition for the Combined AI and ET course is: $3,650.00 US Dollars
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To register for this course click the Enroll button, you will select the date you wish to attend on the registration form. You may add additional courses and products to your cart prior to checkout.
"I took the combined AI and Embryo Transfer class, coming into the class I only had a very basic knowledge of the subject but they taught the classroom material very well and really made sure that you understood the subject/procedures/protocols. When working with the cattle for the hands on training I was having a very difficult time locating the cervix & passing the ai gun, never once did the instructor get upset or frustrated with me. He saw my struggles and made sure that I had all the time I needed and was not rushed. He supported & coached me until I was consistently able to locate & pass the cervix. Before leaving they made sure we knew and had a list of supplies and where to order them which was so helpful. I can't say enough about how good this class was taught and this school is ran! The experience I had at International Embryo technology School was truly a life changing experience through the knowledge learned and relationships made.”
“The combined ET and AI course was a very valuable course, the instructor provided excellent instruction and his willingness to help and answer questions beyond the class is greatly appreciated. The small class size allowed for him to assist everyone, and provide advice to help with each individuals success moving forward. There was a perfect balance of time spent in the classroom, with laboratory work and getting inside of cows.”
“Implementing embryo transfer into our cattle operation has been an enormous success. We hold the International Embryo Technology School with our highest regard as they are largely responsible for our accomplishments.”
Stevenson Angus Ranch
"I found the embryo transfer course to be exactly what I needed and more than I expected. Through veterinary school, I did not get enough actual hands-on learning with advanced reproduction procedures. Being taught in a small class setting was an ideal learning environment, I gained the tactical skills and knowledge needed to successfully and confidently flush cattle for myself and future clients. I would recommend the class to anyone ready to take their veterinary practice or cattle program to the next level. It was well worth my money and my time."
Stanley Soehnlen DVM
Soehnlen Cattle Company
"I just wanted to say I think the tuition for your class was the best money I've ever spent for continuing education. I really appreciated the way things were presented. You left no grey areas about which methods and techniques were best."
Bruce l. Chambers DVM
"The embryo transfer class I took was very informative and hands on. There was a good balance of classroom and cattle handling. I learned a lot! I honestly feel I can work my whole herd by myself after this class."
“Had a great experience, a lot of hands-on training in the lab, and with cattle as well. The staff are great people would recommend to anyone who wants to learn E.T.”
"I just wanted to tell you thank you for offering such a great class, this has been a wonderful opportunity for me. Yesterday I saw my first embryo calf born and another is on the way."