Comprehensive Bovine Embryo Transfer Training Course

Course Info

Our 4.5 day (4 days for DVM's) Comprehensive Bovine Embryo Transfer Course teaches the most economical methods of performing embryo transfer in order to maximize profitability. Our course is designed for dairymen & ranchers wanting to perform embryo transfer on their herds, as well as veterinarians who want to learn embryo transfer to perform in their practice. The course begins on a Tuesday and ends at noon on Saturday.

In our Comprehensive Bovine Embryo Transfer Course you will learn how to select and prepare donors & recipients; and how to collect, recognize, manipulate, classify, freeze, thaw & transfer embryos. We also teach our students how to make their own medium for flushing for just $1 per liter. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare the medium, there is no loss of efficiency, and it saves hundreds of dollars when compared to purchasing medium for $12-$30 per liter.

We show you where to purchase state-of-the-art instruments that you will need to perform embryo transfer such as a microscope & freezer. We also show you how to purchase laboratory equipment at lower prices than found elsewhere, which will result in considerable savings initially & in the future, which will more than cover the cost of tuition!

Superovulated cows are provided daily with the opportunity of unlimited flushing & palpation. Unlimited frozen-thawed eggs and embryos are available for additional practice whenever needed. We supply all of 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.

We limit the number of students per school to five. This ensures a high level of teacher/student interaction. It takes the average student 4.5 consecutive days to learn the technique. This gives the student ample time for hands-on experience flushing & palpating superovulated cows, and to become proficient using the microscope to locate, identify, and classify embryos. A certificate for Competency in Embryo Transfer is given after the student successfully completes our course and is proficient in embryo transfer.

Veterinarians can apply to their state veterinary associations for continuing education credit hours for attending our school (based on 12 hours of lecture and 38 hours laboratory techniques). Many veterinarians have encouraged their clients to attend this school.

For those students who need training in AI we offer a combined AI & ET training course. The AI training portion is a 1 day school held the day before the embryo transfer school. Then the student continues practicing AI for 4.5 days while learning the embryo transfer methods.


Our courses are taught by Dr. Peter Elsden a pioneer in the embryo transfer industry in cattle and horses. He has co-authored a book on bovine embryo transfer, published over 50 scientific articles on the subject, and regularly publishes articles in cattle magazines. He is a professional educator who previously was a professor at Colorado State University CSU for many years.
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Key Benefits of Embryo Transfer

  1. 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.
  2. Changing from grade cattle to pure-bred animals is less expensive using embryo transfer than buying pure-bred cattle.
  3. Circumvention of some types of infertility can be accomplished using embryo transfer techniques.
  4. 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.
  5. Prevent disease transmission
  6. Research tool
  7. Embryos are a safe and efficient method of exporting and importing genetic material.
  8. Testing for undesirable recessive traits in the dam.
  9. To obtain bull calves from top cows for young sire programs which identify the best bulls.

Course Syllabus

The Comprehensive Embryo Transfer Course is a 4.5 day school that begins on a Tuesday and ends at noon on Saturday.

Each day consists of: 2 hours of lectures in the morning, followed by practical work (consisting of flushing superovulated donors and learning laboratory techniques for managing embryos) for the remainder of the day; so approximately 80% of the students time is spent performing practical work. There is no set finishing time on any day, it is up to the student to finish when they are satisfied the technique is mastered. On the last day, placement of the embryo transfer gun for transferring embryos is practiced with a new set of cows. Students are again asked if they want anything repeated.

Subjects taught are:

  • 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

Course Hours

The course begins on a Tuesday and ends at noon on Saturday. Classes start at 8:00 A.M. each day and finish betwen 5:00-6:00 P.M. (depending on the number of embryos collected and student application). Class finishes at noon on Saturday.


There are no academic Prerequisites. Competence in AI techniques is an advantage but not a necessity. All one needs is the enthusiasm to learn a new technology.

School Location

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

We offer free transportation service to and from the Memphis International Airport for students attending our school. Upon the receipt of your course deposit, we can book your hotel for you at your request. Transportation services are provided between local hotels and the International Embryo Transfer School for each day of the course.

Local Lodging Options:
America's Best Value Inn Spahn House Bed and Breakfast
Phone: 662-562-5647 Phone: (662) 288-6851
Rates: Starting at $49 per night Rates: Starting at $85 per night

Course Schedule

Our Comprehensive Bovine Embryo Transfer Training Course is usually held the first Tuesday of each month. The Course begins on a Tuesday and ends at noon on Saturday. Please select your desired course date on the enrollment form by clicking on the "Enroll" button at the bottom of this page.

The following is a current list of scheduled course dates:

12/11/2018 - 12/15/20181/8/2019 - 1/12/2019 FULL
2/5/2019 - 2/9/20193/5/2019 - 3/9/2019
4/2/2019 - 4/6/20195/7/2019 - 5/11/2019


Tuition for the Comprehensive Embryo Transfer Course is: $3,300.00 US Dollars

We Accept the Following forms of Payment:
We Accept: Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express

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.

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"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

"I now have calves on the ground from my ET work thanks to you. My conception rate on frozen embryos is in the 60s right now. Thank you for the schooling."
Doug Giles


"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."
Cheri Kraus

"Thank you for the excellent training that you provided in the art of embryo transfer. Your class was a great success for many reasons – excellent techniques, down to earth instruction, ample laboratory work, small class size, the willingness to provide first class advice and your knowledge of the industry to name a few. Your experience from the earliest days of embryo transfer were fascinating and very helpful."
Kevin Albrecht


"Implementing embryo transfer into our cattle operation has been an enormous success. We hold Dr. Peter Elsden and The International Embryo Transfer School with our highest regard as they are largely responsible for our accomplishments."
Bob & Robin Stevenson, Stevenson Angus Ranch

"My success rate has equaled that of embryo technicians who have been flushing and implanting embryos for many years."
Ed Willams

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