Equine Reproduction Concepts (ERC) offers a program whereby veterinary student are able to come to our facility and be exposed to various techniques and procedures dealing with stallion and mare reproductive management. Positions are available every year from March through July and are scheduled in 2-4 week increments. Scheduling is structured with the intention that only a single participant is present at any one time in order to maximize theoretical and practical exposure.
The goal of this program is for participants to gain experience and a working knowledge of general and advanced equine reproductive management. Exposure will include reproductive management of mares utilizing palapation/ultrasonogrpahy, hormonal treatments, uterine infusions and lavages, cultures, cytologies and biopsies, artificial insemination with fresh, cooled and frozen semen, embryo recovery and transfer. Stallion procedures consist of semen collection, evaluation, processing for immediate insemination, cooling or freezing, reproductive evaluations, and stallion handling.
Participants will gain practical experience in palpation/ultrasonography, artificial insemination, semen collection, evaluation and processing for immediate insemination or cooling and stallion handling. Periodic sit-down sessions will occur whereby practitioners at ERC will discuss certain techniques and/or cases with the externs.
Desirable attributes of the participant: comfortable working with horses, basic understanding of reproductive physiology, desire to learn new reproductive techniques, work well with practitioners and staff.
Associated Veterinarians and special expertise available
- Kevin D. Dippert, PhD-Reproductive Physiology, PAS, MS-Reproductive Physiology, Owner/Director of ERC for 13 years
- Kerri Thiel, DVM, Interning Veterinarian
- Steven Bartlett, DVM, Veterinarians-in-Charge
- Wynne Collins, DVM, PhD, Dipl.ACT, Theriogenologist on-call
- Journals: JAVMA, Compendium for Continuing Education, Journal of Equine Veterinary Science
- Various Equine Reproduction books, slides and lecture notes
- University of Pennsylvania Library - 3 hours away
- University of Virginia Library - 1.5 hours away
- Clinical cases
- Assist with normal management practices at ERC.
- Will be involved with administering treatments, teasing mares, handling stallions, and assisting practitioners with procedures such as preparing mares for uterine lavages, embryo recoveries, surgeries, etc.
- Other responsibilities will include taking records during US exams, holding jump mares, preparing for semen collection, helping process semen for shipment.
10 to 12 hours/day for 5.5 days per week
Nearby Bed & Breakfast for discounted rates.
Equine Reproduction Concepts, LLC
111 Hackleys Mill Rd.
Amissville, VA 20106
Signature on file: Kevin D. Dippert, PhD, PAS