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But for Ohio State - This mare might never have had a foal

FoalBreeding solutions available at the Galbreath Equine Center

For many farms, springtime means newborns, and at the Galbreath Equine Center, foaling season is definitely in full swing.

Dr. Marco da Silva, assistant professor, and Dr. Carlos Pinto, associate professor, in Veterinary Clinical Sciences are specialists in Theriogenology and Reproductive Medicine. The term "theriogenology" was coined in the early 1970s by combining therio (beast, animal), gen/genesis (beginning, birth, reproduction), and ology (study of). 

"We want veterinarians to know we are here to support them with difficult reproduction cases," said Dr. Pinto. "And we want also to assure horse owners that we can offer assistance for even the most complex cases."

For mares, the Theriogenology and Reproductive Medicine service can offer a variety of treatments from breeding soundness evaluations to the implementation of advanced reproductive technologies. These include artificial insemination, and even embryo collection and transfer. For stallions, breeding soundness evaluations are supported through routine semen collection and processing.

Dr. da Silva is one of the leading experts in embryo transfer and other advanced assisted reproductive techniques available for horses.

"The use of embryo transfer or oocyte transfer allows for production of offspring from high-performance mares or mares that would otherwise be infertile," said Dr. da Silva. "The Galbreath Equine Center has a few mares that can be leased as surrogate mares, or horse owners can provide recipient mares for their own embryo donors."

The Galbreath team is also available for reproductive emergencies. The Equine Theriogenology Service works closely with the Equine Medicine, Surgery, and Emergency & Critical Care Services to provide high-quality care to:

  • High-risk pregnant mares
  • Mares undergoing dystocias
  • Broodmares accompanying sick foals to the Galbreath Equine Center (reproductive examinations and breeding management can be provided)
  • Mares afflicted with postpartum diseases (retained placenta, uterine infections, diseases of the caudal reproductive tract, etc.)
  • Stallion breeding accidents (scrotal, prepuce or penile trauma, etc.)

A more complete list of reproductive services is available here.

Continued advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of equine conditions and reproduction issues are supported in part by the generosity of our donors. Please consider supporting these programs.

In the picture: The foal is a week-old Quarter Horse filly, "Pip Pip Hoo Ray" seen with her Belgian surrogate mother. "Pip Pip Hoo Ray" is a product of embryo transfer obtained from Pippie, a Quarter Horse mare.  Three years ago Pippie was subjected to two colic surgeries her owner, Kari Harper, elected not to risk Pippie's health with another pregnancy. Thus, Pippie was enrolled in an embryo transfer program at the Ohio State Veterinary Medical Center. Under the care of the Theriogenology team, headed by Drs. Pinto and da Silva, two pregnancies were obtained resulting in the birth of two live foals this Spring. The first one, Pip Pip Hoo Ray, resulted from an embryo collected at Ohio State and transported to Dr. Ryan Zimmerman at the Westview Veterinary Hospital in Fremont, Ohio. Another filly was born May 15 to a different surrogate mare.

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Last updated: 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 12:15pm