Advanced Mare Reproduction – Featuring Placentitis, Foetal Sexing & Embryo Transfer – Lectures (online), On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions

Date: Mon 28th Feb 2022 - Tue 1st Mar 2022
Venue: EquiBreed
Location: North Island, New Zealand (Auckland Intl or Hamilton Airport)
Contact Hours: 20 hrs – Lecture Series (10 hrs, online) & On-Location (10 hrs)
Course Language: English
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Qualified Vet - AUD 2390.00
2nd vet, same clinic - AUD 2270.00
Vet & Vet Tech (L&P both) - AUD 4100.00
Intern/Resident (Requires Certification from Clinic) - AUD 1200.00
Veterinary Student - AUD 480.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 16th January 2022
Registration Deadline: Monday 31st January 2022

* VAT (= MWST/MOMS/SALES TAX) will only be added for certain UK vets attending courses abroad and for all attendees when attending courses in the UK.


1.5-Day On-Location Portion (10 hrs, worth 1,780$AUD):   Mon 28 – Tue 1 March 2022

Wednesday 3:00 – 7:30pm:  Case-Discussions, Q&A and Wine & Cheese Reception
Thursday 8:30am – 5:30pm:  Practical Sessions


10 hrs of Online Lectures (on-demand, worth 610$AUD)At your leisure

Attendees are expected to have worked through this Lecture Series before coming to the on-location portion of the course. Contact us if you have previously purchased this webinar series.


Total Continuing Education Hours:   20 hrs


COVID-19 Update
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This highly practical course has been developed for equine veterinarians and mixed animal practitioners with a working knowledge in the field of mare reproduction and provides a critical update on advanced general equine stud practice, the problem mare and highlights the hot topics of placentitis, foetal sexing & embryo transfer.  

To participate in the On-Location Portion, attendees are required to have first worked through the  corresponding online Lecture Series Advanced Mare Reproduction:

  • If you have already purchased the Lecture Series independently of the On-Location Portion, please contact the office on for a voucher code to reduce the price accordingly.

The highly-illustrated lectures will be made available as recordings to allow for attendees to work through the material prior to the course:

  • Routine Management of Mares for chilled and frozen Insemination
  • Managing Semen for Deep Horn Insemination (DHI)
  • The repeat Breeder - What to do next?
  • Examining the Barren Mare (incl. use of ultrasonography in the subfertile mare)
  • Hysteroscopic Examination of the Mare
  • Placentitis - thinking beyond CUPT 
  • Preventing early pregnancy failure in natural and assisted breeding
  • Foetal Sexing – 56 – 75 days
  • Foetal Sexing – Day 110 & Beyond
  • Introduction to equine embryo transfer
  • Embryo collection
  • Tips and tricks in embryo collection
  • Embryo handling and embryo transfer

In the afternoon of Day 1 attendees will be able to ask questions and the 3 hours of case-discussions will allow to apply what they have learnt whilst working through the lectures.  On Day 2, 7 hours of practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice in small groups (2 – 4 attendees / ultrasound machine) and to discuss all aspects of mare reproduction with the specialists.  Each attendee will be rotating through the following practical stations:

  • Barren Mare Ultrasound Examination (incl. Doppler, live mares & video cases)
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Uterine Sampling Techniques – Swabbing, flushing / low volume lavage, endometrial biopsy, endometrial cytology
  • Foetal Sexing – Transabdominal & Tansrectal (live mares & video cases)
  • Placentitis Examination – Abdominal & Transrectal (live mares & video cases)
  • Frozen Semen Handling & Deep Horn Insemination Techniques
  • Embryo Flush, Transfer & Ovum Pick-Up Demonstration

The course fee includes, coffee/tea breaks, a wine & cheese reception, lunch at a restaurant and a certificate of attendance. To participate in the On-Location Case-Discussions & Practical Sessions, attendees are required to have first worked through the Lecture Series (included in the price).  Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available due to the highly practical nature of this course.

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    James Crabtree
    BVM&S, CertEM(StudMed), MRCVS

    United Kingdom

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    James graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in 2001 after which which he spent four years in mixed practice before leaving for a stud season in Victoria, Australia with Dr John Hyland, specialist in Equine Reproduction. On his return to the United Kingdom, James joined Dr Jonathan Pycock at Equine Reproductive Services, a private first opinion and referral equine practice based in Yorkshire.

    During the Southern Hemisphere stud seasons he has worked for Hamilton Veterinary Services, New Zealand and as a consultant stud veterinarian with Dr Lee Morris at EquibreedNZ and Dr Erick Klaui at The Flying Dutchman Australia. In 2009, in association with Balinmore Stud and AI Centre, James set up a stallion semen freezing unit. In 2010 he was awarded the RCVS certificate in Equine Stud Medicine and in 2011 was made an associate lecturer at Liverpool University. James lectures regularly on the national and international stage and has published peer reviewed material on the breeding soundness examination of the stallion, peri-partum problems in mares, granulosa cell tumours and persistent endometrial cups.

    He also contributes widely to the popular press with articles on many subjects from bent legs in foals to embryo transfer and embryo freezing. James continues to perform practice based research utilising the most current techniques in equine reproduction and has a particular interest in Doppler ultrasonography, stallion management, the late term pregnant mare, ovarian pathology and orthopaedic disorders of the foal. James is currently lead consultant at Equine Reproductive Services.

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    Tom Stout
    VetMB, MA, PhD, Dipl.ECAR, KNMvD

    The Netherlands

    European & KNMvD Specialist in Equine Reproduction
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    Tom 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 clinical discipline working on all aspects of equine reproduction, with increasing emphasis on assisted reproduction and diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Tom's research interests are focussed 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.

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    Jonathan Pycock
    BVetMed, PhD, Dipl.ESM, MRCVS

    United Kingdom

    RCVS Specialist in Equine Medicine (Reproduction) (UK)
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    Jonathan is a world-renown expert in equine reproduction based in Yorkshire, England. He is a prolific publisher of papers and book chapters on equine reproduction, and edited the iconinc text, Equine Reproduction and Stud Medicine. He has worked successfully in private practice (developed his own first opinion and referral equine reproduction practice from scratch) as well as teaching and research. Jonathan has been a Member of Council of BEVA for 9 years and currently President Elect.  An enthusiastic provider of CPD, he delivers around 65 days of CPD annually, both within the UK and overseas.  He has contributed as a speaker or chairman of a session at every BEVE Congress for the last 25 years and is responsible for the BEVA Reproductive Ultrasound Course, which has been a sold-out course annually for the last 20 years.

    In 2012, Jonathan became an Equine Claims Consultant for the Veterinary Defence Society in the UK, in which capacity he has acted as an expert witness on many occasions. Jonathan’s main veterinary interests include ultrasonography, breeding the problem mare, and artificial insemination. His well-recognised sense of humour makes him a popular speaker at CPD events world-wide, and a very relaxed and relatable practical instructor.

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    Jutta Sielhorst
    DrMedVet, Dipl.ECAR


    Fachtierärztin für Reproduktionsmedizin
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    Dr. Sielhorst is a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Reproduction and is currently affiliated with the Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover and the equine hospital Tierärztliches Kompetenzzentrum Karthaus. She obtained her veterinary degree in 2006 and received her specialty training at the University of Hannover in Germany. Her research interests include ultrasonography of the late pregnant mare, use of Doppler ultrasonography in the pregnant mare and functionality of the pregnant uterus.

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    Juan Samper
    DVM, MSc, PhD, Dipl.ACT

    United States

    American Specialist in Theriogenology
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    Upon graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the National University in Colombia, Dr. Samper worked in private dairy and equine practice for a couple of years in his home country and subsequently he earned his Master’s and PhD at the University of Minnesota which focused on reproductive physiology and clinical reproduction. He then became a board-certified specialist in Theriogenology. From there he accepted a faculty position at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Three years later he joined a mixed practice in Vancouver BC as an associate, and a year and a half later he started his own practice, as a solo practitioner, which later grew into a multi-vet practice, which he sold after 25 years. He has also worked as an associate professor at Kansas State University and in industry for Sexing Technologies. In 2014 he joined the faculty at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine where he worked as an associate dean for clinical affairs and professional opportunities at mentoring and monitoring the progress of the clinical year veterinary students in all their clinical affiliates around the world. Currently, Dr. Samper is a professor and serves as the associate dean for academic and student affairs at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida.

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    Joan Carrick
    BVSc, MVSc, PhD, Dipl.ACVIM (LAIM)


    Australian Registered Specialist in Equine Medicine
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    Joan graduated from the University of Queensland’s Veterinary School in 1981, and was awarded a post graduate honours degree in Equine Medicine in 1984, for investigating the role of stress on the absorption of colostrum by newborn foals.  Joan spent 12 years working and studying in North American where she completed a residency in Large Animal Medicine and a Master of Veterinary Science at the WCVM, University Saskatchewan, Canada, for investigating the safe use of flunxin meglumine in newborn foals. In 1993 Dr. Carrick and was awarded a PhD by the University of Georgia, for investigating the effects of fish oils on the response of animals to endotoxin and then did a fellowship in critical care at the University of Tennessee Medical School and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Joan gained experience in gross and histopathology of neonatal foals, clinical pathology of endotoxic and septic shock horses as well as in clinical internal medicine of all large animals.

    While in North America, Joan frequently lectured about inflammation, shock, intensive care and omega-3 fatty acids to veterinarians, human intensive care specialists and biomedical researchers in the USA, Canada and Europe.  In 1997, she returned to Australia to work in equine practice including at Oakey Veterinary Hospital and the University of Melbourne. Joan joined the Scone Equine Hospital in 2005 as the veterinary advisor for the SEH laboratory and to complete RIRDC funded research into placentitis. This research resulted in a very successful clinical program to identify and treat mares with high risk pregnancies. Joan is currently a specialist consultant who manages high risk pregnant mares. This involves investigating the causes of a pregnancy loss or delivery of a critically ill neonate, then monitoring and treating mares in subsequent pregnancies so that healthy foals are born.

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    Angus McKinnon
    BVSc, MSc, DACT, DipVetMed., Diplomate ABVP


    Australian Registered Specialist in Equine Reproduction
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    Angus graduated from Melbourne University in 1978, and worked in private practice for a year, before heading to Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1980 to work and study for a Diploma in Large Animal Medicine. He continued at Ontario Veterinary College as Assistant Professor in Large Animal Medicine, Surgery and Reproduction for the period 1982-84. Angus then travelled to Colorado State University, USA, where he was employed as Assistant Professor in Equine Reproduction and Field Service 1984-1988, and as Associate Professor in Equine Medicine and Field Service 1988.

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    Lee Morris
    BVSc, DVSc, Dipl.ACT


    American Specialist in Equine Reproduction, Registered Specialist in Veterinary Reproduction
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    Lee graduated from The University of Sydney in 1992 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. After 2 years in rural veterinary practice in northern NSW, Australia she undertook a 3-year residency programme in Theriogenology at the University of Guelph in Canada during which time she also became a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 1997, and then graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Science in 1998. Her DVSc thesis work encompassed in vitro studies (IVF) on the production of embryos and the assessment of male fertility. From 1998 to 2001 Lee was employed as the Senior Veterinary Research Scientist at the Equine Fertility Unit in Newmarket (UK) where she worked with Professor Twink Allen and developed the hysteroscopic (low dose) insemination procedure for horses. In 2001 Lee was the Senior Registrar at The University of Sydney from where she provided clinical reproductive services for horses and dogs and conducted research into sex-sorted semen. Lee has been in New Zealand since 2002 and is now the Specialist Equine Reproduction veterinarian at EquiBreed NZ Ltd. In 2004, she became a Registered Specialist in Veterinary Reproduction in Australasia. Her special interests include artificial insemination (AI), embryo transfer (ET), epididymal spermatozoa, hysteroscopy, equine laparoscopy, semen freezing technology, sex-sorted semen and challenging cases of mare or stallion infertility. Lee provides referral consultancy services to equine vet clinics in New Zealand and Australia.  

    In 2004, Lee was elected onto the committee for the International Symposium of Equine Reproduction (ISER) and in 2014 she was the local Chairperson for the ISER XI in 2014 in Hamilton, NZ.

    Lee has been an Honorary Associate of The University of Sydney (Australia) and an Honorary Lecturer at The University of Waikato (NZ) in recognition of her contribution to research. She has lectured and provided clinical tuition to veterinary students at The University of Guelph (Canada), Cambridge University (UK), Massey University and The University of Sydney (Australia). She has been the industry supervisor of 4 MSc theses (Waikato University, New Zealand) and 2 PhD theses (The University of Sydney, Australia). Lee has published more than 25 peer-reviewed scientific papers, presented her research internationally and written chapters in the Veterinary Clinics of North America and two textbooks on Equine Reproduction.


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    Babiche Heil
    DVM (Hons.), MSc., Dipl ACT, MANZCVS (reproduction)

    The Netherlands, New Zealand

    Australian Registered Specialist in Veterinary Reproduction; American Specialist in Veterinary Reproduction
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    Babiche joined Matamata Veterinary Services in December 2020 as part of our Reproduction Team.

    Babiche graduated from Utrecht University in The Netherlands in 2010. After several years in mixed and equine practice Babiche did an internship at a large referral hospital in the Netherlands and one at VDL stud in equine reproduction. She developed a special interest in equine reproduction and went on to do several back-to-back stud seasons between The Netherlands, Western Australia and New Zealand.

    In 2014 she moved to New Zealand to work as a stud vet in the Waikato and she started her residency in Theriogenology at Louisiana State University in the USA in 2017. During her residency she presented her research on the Metagenetic characterization of the equine uterine microbiome at the International Symposium on Equine Reproduction conference in Cambridge, UK and won the Michelle LeBlanc award for young presenters. After a year as resident vet on a large thoroughbred stud farm in Australia Babiche has come back to the Waikato to join our team. She is one of two American board certified Theriogenologists (veterinarians specialized in reproduction) at Matamata Veterinary Services and has a special interest in mare (in)fertility and endometritis.

    Outside of work Babiche enjoys tramping and exploring the New Zealand backcountry.

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