From October 22 to 25, nine participants from around the world met at the IFN Schönow, Germany, going through all aspects of bovine embryo transfer. Every participant not only learned about the theory but also performed the steps of the superovulation procedure, handling of embryos, cryopreservation, thawing and transfer of embryos in slaughterhouse material and live animals.
Basics like anatomy and physiology with focus on female cattles` oestrous cycle, hormones, fertilisation and early embryonic development were repeated. This was added by a general overview on techniques for embryo production. Additionally, information on international trade regulations, general lab procedures and cleaning of equipment as well as donor and heifer selection and management was given.
The trainers were chosen to have different backgrounds:
- Dr. Kirsten Mense from the IFN is an experienced veterinarian doing multiple ovulation and embryo transfer programs in different parts of Germany.
- Dr. Jonas Melbaum, Master of Science in agriculture and breeder with own international donor program added a more client and animal-orientated view to the course.
- Dr. Ana Kassens, embryology specialist of Minitube and former embryo transfer practitioner contributed via her expertise on the variety of solutions for different steps of embryo transfer.
- Other veterinarians and biologists
The excursion to a local dairy farm, providing practical training with living animals, rounded off the four eventful days where no question remained unanswered.
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