Location: The British Racing School, Snailwell Road, Newmarket, UK
Date: 25th January 2023 at 08:15
Duration: 3 days
This comprehensive three day BEVA-approved course of lectures, case presentations and discussion groups will cover multiple aspects of mare and stallion reproduction in preparation for the impending breeding season. Following the format of previous well-attended and highly acclaimed Rossdales equine reproduction modular courses, it will provide delegates with both the most recent and cutting edge research, and also a wealth of clinical experience from a host of world-renowned reproductive specialists.
The programme has been designed by Rossdales Clinical Director and equine reproduction expert Andrew McGladdery and Rossdales equine reproduction specialist Camilla Scott with 16 other experienced equine reproduction speakers.
Who is the course for?
This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in equine reproduction but would be of particular interest to more advanced practitioners and those working towards further qualifications in equine reproduction.
Day one will concentrate initially on the barren mare. The course will open with a lecture on epigenetics, conception and genetic diseases, moving on to managing the transition period and barren mare issues such as endometritis, ovulation failure, GCT’s and videohysteroscopy. These sessions will be a combination of lectures and case-based discussions, providing delegates with ample opportunities to ask questions and discuss real life cases. The discussion group on the second day will work through the barren mare work up, reviewing the evidence and discuss the practical implications and effects on subsequent fertility.
Moving on to the pregnant mare, recent research on early pregnancy loss will be presented and the evidence for supplementing progesterone during pregnancy will be discussed. Another case discussion will cover options for twin reductions in both early and late gestation. Monitoring the high risk pregnancy, the potential benefits of blood tests for placentitis mares and the rationale for treating the high risk pregnancy will be discussed. Potential foaling issues and post partum complications, including retained fetal membranes, periparturient haemorrhage and uterine tears, will then be discussed to complete the pregnant mare section.
The programme will then move on to assisted reproductive techniques including clinical applications of AI and a review of the evidence for fixed-time AI protocols. A section on embryo transfer will provide practical advice on how to improve your success rates, concentrating on both the donor and recipient mare management. Embryo cryopreservation, preimplantation genetics, maternal ageing and the use of ICSI in clinical practice will be discussed.
Finally, not forgetting the stallion, the remainder of the programme will discuss reproductive biology, stallion fertility and the use of sex-sorted semen and selection of stallions for ICSI.
Throughout the three day course there will be multiple opportunities for case-based discussion in both smaller and larger groups. Many critically appraised topics will be covered, providing delegates with both up-to-date research and practical advice from multiple reproductive specialists across the UK and Europe.
Full course programme
08.15-08.45 Registration and coffee
09.00-09.45 Epigenetics and conception (Pascale Chavatte-Palmer)
09.45-10.15 Transition management (Simon Staempfli)
10.15-10.45 Endometritis: A literature review (Camilla Scott)
11.15-11.45 Ovulation failure: Case based discussion (Monica Morganti)
11.45-12.15 AMH/GCTs: Case based discussion (Tom Stout)
12.15-12.45 Videohysteroscopy: Case based discussion (Andrew McGladdery)
14.00-14.30 Options for oestrus suppression (Simon Staempfli)
14.30-15.00 Recent research on EPL in the mare (Mandi DeMestre)
15.00-15.30 What do placentitis biomarkers actually tell us? (Sarah Moore)
16.00-16.45 What is the evidence for medicating the high-risk pregnancy? (Jutta Sielhorst)
19.00-22.00 Tour of the National Horseracing Museum and supper at The Tack Room
PREGNANT MARE 2
08.30-09.00 Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring: Cased based lecture (Celia Marr)
09.00-09.30 Umbilical cord torsion: what we know and what we’d like to find out (Jessica Roach)
09.30-10.00 Dystocia/Fetotomy (Tom Stout)
11.00-11.30 Treating PPH in the field/hospital (Catriona Mackenzie)
11.30-12.15 Uterine, cervical and rectal tears: what are the options? (Tom O’Brien)
12.15-13.00 Panel discussion: Anti-microbial use in reproductive practice
(Camilla Scott, Jutta Sielhorst, Meta Osborne)
Case Discussion Groups
14.00-14.40 Group A: Twin management with review of U/S guided reductions and Thoracic Squeeze Technique
(Jutta Sielhorst, Tom Stout)
14.40-15.20 Group B: Do barren mare work ups improve subsequent fertility? (Andrew McGladdery, Meta Osborne)
15.20-15.50 Group C: Oocyte collection, handling and shipment (Patrick Brogan)
16.20-17.00 Guest lecture - Rhino Fertility Project (Suzannah Williams)
19.15 for 19.45 Course dinner and tour of The Jockey Club Rooms, Newmarket
08.30-09.15 AI Protocols: An evidence-based approach (Monica Morganti)
09.15-10:00 Clinical aspects of ET - how to optimise your results: donor-recipient mare management (Patrick Brogan)
10.45-11.15 Embryo Cryopreservation (Carolina Herrera)
11.15-11.45 ICSI vs conventional ET (Kaatje Ducheyne)
11.45-12.15 Clinical implications of preimplantation genetics (Carolina Herrera)
12.15-13.00 Maternal ageing and ART (Kaatje Ducheyne)
14.00-14.30 Reproductive strategies and management of mares (Dominik Burger)
14.30-15.00 Advanced semen analysis and sex-sorted semen (Tom Stout)
15.30-16.00 Management strategies for the stallion (Dominik Burger)
16.00-16.30 Discussion and close
Key Learning Objectives
- Enhance your knowledge of genetics, epigenetics and reproductive biology
- Review the evidence for treating the pregnant mare
- Confidently manage both donor and recipient mares for embryo transfer
- Grow your understanding of advanced reproductive technologies including ICSI, embryo cryopreservation, genetic testing and sex-sorting semen
- Get up-to-date with all the latest mare and stallion research
Suitable for RCVS Modules
- Mare Reproduction and Breeding Management
- Stallion Reproduction and Breeding Management
Andrew graduated from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School in 1985, then spent time in equine practice in Devon before joining Rossdale and Partners in 1988 as a Horserace Betting Levy Board resident in equine studies. At the end of his residency Andrew remained working on the stud farm side of the practice and joined the partnership in 1994. He became a clinical director in 2021.
Andrew’s main areas of responsibility include stud farm medicine (thoroughbred and non-thoroughbred) and bloodstock sales, and also clinical referrals – especially those involving gastroscopy and hysteroscopy. His expertise also includes artificial insemination, embryo transfer and mare infertility investigations.
Additionally he holds the RCVS certificate in equine stud medicine. He has co-authored a number of publications, presented at conferences and lectured around the world on a number of stud farm medicine-related topics.
Camilla joined Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons as a reproductive specialist in November 2017.
Following graduation from the Royal Veterinary college in 2006, Camilla undertook a number of positions, including a hospital internship in the UK, an internal medicine fellowship at Haygard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky and multiple stud seasons in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2013 Camilla started a Theriogenology residency at the University of Davis, California specialising in Equine Reproduction. In 2014 she was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Equine Stud Medicine and in 2015 became a board certified diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists.
Camilla then spent two years as a reproductive specialist in private practice in the UK before joining Rossdales. She was awarded recognised specialist status by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2020.
Camilla has served on the scientific committee for conferences in the UK and American and has published on various topics. She has a particular interest in problem mares, high-risk pregnancies, stallion fertility and embryo transfer.
Patrick graduated from the University of Sydney in 2005 and worked for 4 years in specialised Equine practice in Scone, Australia. In 2009, he made the move to Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia to undertake a Research Masters in Equine reproduction and started an Equine Reproduction Referral service there. In 2010 he passed examinations in Animal Reproduction to become a member of the Australian college.
In March 2012 Patrick arrived in the Netherlands to commence a residency at the University Of Utrecht and in 2015 passed examinations to become a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenology. Applied clinical research in semen storage and embryo transfer has formed the basis of his work to date. He is a member of the KWPN and bred his first foal in 2015, who is now a successful sport mare.
He started his own business and specialist reproduction service Equiception – Equine Conception Solutions in 2016. This business focuses on OPU/ICSI and ET in horses and, as of 2022, offers a commercial ICSI service, receiving shipped oocytes and producing vitrified embryos to send back to referring clinics.
Dominik graduated from the University of Berne in 1988 and subsequently worked at the Equine Clinic there, primarily in the field of equine medicine and exercise physiology.
From 1992 to 2011 he was based at the clinic of the Swiss National Stud in Avenches, responsible for the Research Program, the EU accredited Equine Reproduction Unit and the associated Equine Clinic with its ambulatory service at the racetrack of IENA.
Since 2012, he works in the new ISME, combining the equine clinics of the University Berne and Avenches, where he habilitated in 2019 with the topic "Reproductive Strategies in the Horse".
He is President of the Veterinary Commissions of the Breeding association for Swiss sport horses and Franches-Montagnes horses. As an ex-eventing rider Dominik retains a strong interest in sport horses and holds the position of Chef d’équipe and team vet in the Swiss eventing team.
Dr Pascale Chavatte-Palmer graduated as DVM in France in 1989 and has specialised in animal reproduction in UK, USA (University of Florida) and France, with a research focus in placental and perinatal development in horses.
She subsequently undertook an internship with Dr Peter Rossdale (1989-90) and was later awarded her PhD from the University of Cambridge, where her research on the equine placenta was carried out under the supervision of Dr Alex Tait and Dr Peter Rossdale (1992-96).
She studied feto-placental and postnatal consequences of cloning and embryo technologies in cattle and then developed biomedical and veterinary models for studying the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), with an emphasis on placental function.
Dr Chavatte-Palmer leads the INRAE Biology of Reproduction, Environment, Epigenetics and Development research unit gathering expertise in animal and human reproduction/ development. She is currently President of the International Federation of Placenta Associations.
Dr Mandi de Mestre is a Reader in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, at the Royal Veterinary College, London. She completed her clinical training (BVSc(hons)) at the University of Sydney, Australia after which she worked as a clinician in the field of equine reproductive and neonatal medicine. She received a PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 2006 from the Australian National University. Her postdoctoral training that followed was at Cornell University where she consolidated her research interests in equine pregnancy and genetics.
In 2008, she was appointed to faculty at the Royal Veterinary College, where she established her research program in the immmunobiology of equine pregnancy and underlying mechanisms of pregnancy failure. As the Principal Investigator of the Equine Pregnancy Laboratory, her team currently works closely with epidemiologists, geneticists and pathologists to take an interdisciplinary approach to identify and characterise novel causes of pregnancy loss both in early and late gestation. This has included the identification and characterisation of autosomal aneuploidy in spontaneously occurring pregnancy loss in mares, characterisation of microdeletions and duplications during placentation and definition of abortions that arise due to umbilical cord torsion.
Dr de Mestre was the recipient of the 2015 Society of Reproduction and Fertility New Investigator Award. She is the treasurer for International Society for Equine Reproduction, Associate Editor for Reproduction and Fertility, and recently completed her position as Council Member for the Society of Reproduction and Fertility. Mandi is moving her laboratory to Baker Institute for Animal Health, Cornell University in early 2023 to take up a Professorship in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.
Kaatje is a veterinary associate at Sussex Equine Hospital. She qualified from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Ghent in 2012. After completing an internship at the equine clinic of Veterinair Centrum Someren in the Netherlands she returned to Ghent University to start a residency in Equine Reproduction in combination with a PhD. She became a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Reproduction (ECAR) in 2018 and obtained her PhD the following year.
Kaatje has a special interest in assisted reproductive techniques in the horse (embryo transfer and ovum pick up). She combined her research on maternal ageing at the university with stud work at Keros AI and ET Center for 3 breeding seasons. During the last 2 years of her residency/PhD training, she joined the team of Prof. Tom Stout, an authority on embryo transfer and ovum pick up, at Utrecht University. She has published in peer reviewed scientific journals and presented at equine meetings.
Carolina currently works at the Clinic of Reproductive Medicine, Vetsuisse-Faculty, University of Zurich, where she is a Research Associate and Head of the IVF Laboratory. Carolina's research interests are in vitro production of equine and bovine embryos.
Catriona (Cat) is a member of our medicine team at Rossdales Equine Hospital. She joined the partnership at Rossdales in April 2020 and became a clinical director in 2021.
She graduated from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School in 2006 and in the same year passed her North American Veterinary Licensing Examination. Following a short spell in mixed practice, she moved to Kentucky where she undertook an Internal Medicine Fellowship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.
On returning to the UK, she joined Rossdales Equine Hospital in 2009 to undertake a two-year internship. She subsequently joined our stud team in Newmarket, where she worked for three years and was awarded the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Medicine) in January 2014.
Cat subsequently undertook a three-year residency in Equine Medicine at the University of Liverpool, where she studied towards her European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) diploma and was awarded an MSc in 2016. She rejoined Rossdales as a member of our hospital medicine team in March 2017. In February 2018, she was awarded ECEIM diplomate status and in the following February she became an RCVS recognised Specialist.
Prof Celia Marr graduated from the Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1985 and then remained in Glasgow to complete both Masters and PhD degrees. She then held a Fulbright Scholarship studying equine cardiology and internal medicine at the New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania.
She returned to the UK in 1993 and spent time at the University of Cambridge Veterinary School, Valley Equine Hospital, Lambourn and the Royal Veterinary College. Celia is now based at Rossdales Equine Hospital, Newmarket providing services in equine cardiology, internal medicine and adult and neonatal intensive care and is an Honorary Professor in the University of Glasgow Veterinary School.
She a Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and has clinical interests in cardiology, medical imaging and internal medicine. She has published research papers and educational material relating to a range of medical disorders of the horse, concentrating on cardiovascular disease and diagnostic methods in medical disorders including editing a book on Cardiology of the Horse, the 2nd edition of which has recently been published. In January 2011, Celia became Editor of the Equine Veterinary Journal.
Areas of major professional interest: cardiovascular medicine, internal medicine, adult and neonatal intensive care and medical imaging.
Sarah qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009 and joined Rossdales Hertfordshire in 2013 after spending time in farm and equine practice in Norfolk and Northamptonshire.
She has a particular interest in stud farm work and in 2016 she was awarded the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Equine Stud Medicine. She subsequently undertook an alternative track residency at Rossdales and in July 2022, she became a board certified Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists.
Sarah sees a large number of our Thoroughbred and sports horse breeding clients in the Hertfordshire area and also has an interest in youngstock and bloodstock sales work.
Monica graduated from the University of Bologna, Italy in 2006.
Following graduation she worked in the Neonatal Intensive care unit at the University of Bologna and then as the resident veterinarian at Biasuzzi Standardbred Farm. In 2009 Monica started a Theriogenology residency at the University of California, Davis specialising in Equine Reproduction. In 2011 she became a board certified diplomate of both the American College of Theriogenology and European College of Animal Reproduction.
Since 2012, Monica has worked as the resident Stud Veterinarian at Twemlows Stud Farm, where she now leads a team of three veterinarians during the breeding season. The Stud offers a variety of reproductive services including neonatal care, AI and embryo transfer and more recently OPU. The recently set up ICSI lab is also working hard to offer ICSI services based in the UK.
Monica's interests include mare subfertility/infertility and assisted reproductive techniques. She has published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has presented at national and international scientific meetings.
Tom is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Large Animal).
He is an equine surgeon at Fethard Equine Hospital, Ireland. After graduating from University College Dublin in 2006, he completed a surgery internship and a medicine fellowship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Lexington, KY.
After completion of a large animal surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin, Madison WI, he moved to Switzerland in 2011, to work as an emergency surgeon in the equine hospital at the University of Bern. In 2012, he became a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons and started working at Fethard Equine Hospital in Tipperary, Ireland.
He has specific interests in juvenile developmental orthopaedic diseases, urogenital surgery in the broodmare, fracture repair, and all types of standing surgery.
Meta is a highly experienced veterinary surgeon, whose particular interest is in equine reproduction.
She is joint owner of Tinnakill House Stud in Co Laois, which has produced three Group 1 winners.
She is also a former Senior Steward of the Turf Club and and is a board member of Horse Racing Ireland. She is a past President of the Irish Veterinary Association and of the Veterinary Council of Ireland.
Following graduation from the Royal Veterinary College, Jessica carried out two internships in the USA, one at New Jersey Equine Hospital and the second at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Kentucky, where she returned the following year to work as a member of their stud medicine team.
After her time in the States, Jessica returned to the UK to undertake a PhD at the Royal Veterinary College, supervised by Dr Mandi de Mestre. Her thesis, entitled “Unravelling the incidence, causes and diagnostic features of abortion attributed to an umbilical cord torsion in the Thoroughbred” was completed in 2021. Jessica’s ongoing research utilises epidemiological methods, alongside gross and histopathological assessment and genetic analyses to explore abortion and perinatal death in mares.
After many years of experience in the field of equine reproductive medicine at the Celle State Stud, the University of Veterinary Medicine Foundation (TiHo) Hanover, the Veterinary Competence Center Karthaus GmbH and specialist clinics in New Zealand and Australia, in 2020 she set up ReproTraining and is now working independently at the interface between science and practice.
Her focus is on practice-oriented continuing education and collegial exchange in the field of reproductive medicine. Her long-term goals are the exchange of knowledge between science and practice and the promotion of relevant scientific activity in cooperation with the TiHo Hannover.
Jutta is a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Reproduction. Her research interests include ultrasonography of the late pregnant mare, use of Doppler ultrasonography in the pregnant mare and functionality of the pregnant uterus.
After graduation from the University of Bern in 2003, Simon worked for two years in equine practice in Switzerland before moving to North America, where he completed an Internship in Large Animal Surgery and Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College (Canada), followed by a Residency in Equine Surgery, Medicine and Reproduction at Louisiana State University (USA). Simon has published in peer reviewed scientific journals and presented at national and international scientific meetings.
His particular areas of interest are stud medicine, with emphasis on the treatment of the subfertile mare and equine embryo transfer, and all aspects of competition horse medicine and lameness.
Simon is a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT), the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP Equine Emphasis), and the International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic (IAVC).
Prof Tom Stout qualified from Cambridge University's School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. He performed his PhD, also at Cambridge, on 'Maternal Recognition of Pregnancy in the Mare' under the supervision of Professor W.R. 'Twink' Allen at the Equine Fertility Unit in Newmarket funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board. After a short period as Lecturer in Animal Reproduction at Cambridge Tom moved to Utrecht University to become a lecturer in equine reproduction. In 2007, he was appointed to the Chair of Equine Medicine and Reproduction at the Department of Equine Sciences and also to an extraordinary Chair in Reproduction at the University of Pretoria, Department of Production Animal Sciences.
Tom is a Diplomat of the European College of Animal Reproduction (ECAR) and a Royal Dutch Veterinary Association specialist (KNMvD) in Equine Reproduction. He runs a busy clinic, working on all aspects of equine reproduction, with increasing emphasis on assisted reproduction and diagnosis and treatment of infertility.
Tom's research interests are focused on fertilisation, early embryonic development and early pregnancy loss in mares and in the relationships between semen quality and fertility in stallions. He is also involved in studies into semen quality and early embryonic development in farm animal and wildlife species and contraceptive techniques for the management of wild animal populations.
Prof Williams leads a multi-disciplinary group investigating ovarian function in health and disease at the University of Oxford. The overarching aim is to generate new fertility preservation techniques for girls, women and endangered species.
She has studied multiple models over the last 20 plus years whilst working in the UK, Australia and New York. At Oxford, she has developed novel methods of culturing human ovarian tissues. In 2019, she established the Rhino Fertility Project with the aim of culturing ovarian tissues to generate eggs in vitro. Obtaining rhino ovaries to develop such technologies proved challenging and this void contributed to the creation of Nature’s SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction), a UK biobank charity, for which she is Chief Scientist.
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