Comprehensive Bovine Embryo Transfer Training Course

Course Info

Our 4.5 day comprehensive hands-on Bovine Embryo Transfer Course begins on a Tuesday and ends at noon on Saturday. It teaches the most economical methods to perform embryo transfer in cattle, thereby maximizing profitability. 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. Veterinarians can also apply to their state veterinary associations for up to 50 hours of Continuing Education Credit for attending this course. (based on 12 hours of lecture and 38 hours laboratory techniques).

In our 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.

Our Embryo Transfer Course Teaches You How to Improve:

  • Reproduction
  • Palpation
  • Estrous Synchronization
  • Genetics
  • 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 IETS guidelines.
  • We also show you where to purchase all the supplies and equipment that will be needed to successfully perform embryo transfer.

Day 1 is mainly classroom lectures and labs. In the lab portions students are first taught how to pass and set the catheter using our artificial cow. Students then practice passing the catheter and placement of embryos on real cow tracts. Starting on day 2 the students move out to the cattle chutes to practice on superovulated cows with the opportunity of unlimited flushing & palpation each day for the remainder of the course.

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 to ensure optimal results.

We limit the number of students per school to six. This ensures a high level of teacher/student interaction. Certificates of competency are given after completing the 4.5 day class & and the student demonstrates an understanding of the theory & practical techniques of embryo transfer. Over our many years of teaching this course we have found it takes the average student 4.5 consecutive days to absorb all the instructions & to adequately experience the different manipulations in cows & at the microscope.

Competence in AI (artificial insemination) is required. 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.


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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:

  • 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.


Competence in AI (artificial insemination) is required.

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/from the Memphis International Airport for students attending our school. Most students choose to stay in Hernando, MS which is located approximately 20 minutes from the school facilities. Transportation services are available to/from Hernando hotels and the International Embryo Transfer School for each day of the course. If you are driving your own vehicle 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 Hernando, MS (20 min away)

  • Hampton Inn
  • Days Inn
  • Super 8
  • Magnolia Grove Bed & Breakfast

Hotels in Tunica, MS (35 min away)

  • Gold Strike Casino
  • Horseshoe Casino

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:

8/6/2019 - 8/10/2019 FULL9/17/2019 - 9/21/2019
10/8/2019 - 10/12/2019 


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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