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Wet Lab: Essential Techniques for Oocyte Collection and Incorporation of ICSI-Produced Embryos in an Equine Practice
Instructors: Ryan A. Ferris, Elaine Carnevale, Tom A. E. Stout 

Sponsored by FUJIFILM SonoSite, Partnar Animal Health, Sound, Universal, Minitube.

Friday, December 6
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Colorado State University's Equine Reproduction Laboratory, Fort Collins, CO.


This lab is full and a wait list has been started. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, contact Kristin Walker at                                            

Requires an additional ticket: $950. You can register for this lab while registering for the Convention.

Participants will gain valuable hands on experience relative to ovarian positioning for follicular aspirations in live mares, techniques for transvaginal aspirations, identification and handling of oocytes, packaging of oocytes for shipment and receiving fresh or cryopreserved in vitro produced embryos. Participants must be familiar with equine ovarian palpation to participate.

Introduction: Welcome and Introduction to Techniques

Session 1 -  Ovarian Positioning for Follicular Aspirations in Live Mares
Mare sedation and preparation will be reviewed and methods for follicle aspirations.
Participants will practice positioning the transvaginal probe and manipulating ovaries for follicle collections. Participants must be familiar with equine ovarian palpation to participate in this session.

Session 2 Techniques for Transvaginal Aspirations
Mare tracts will be suspended to allow participants to study anatomical considerations and to perform procedures for transvaginal follicle aspirations.

Session 3 - Isolation and Handling of Oocytes 
Participants will scrape ovarian follicles, search and handle oocytes. 

Session 4 - Packaging of Oocytes for Shipment and Receiving Fresh or Cryopreserved Embryos 
Participants will go through procedures and practice packaging ovaries and oocytes for shipment. Methods to handle fresh and cryopreserved ICSI-produced embryos will be included.

General Review - Reassemble and general questions 

Participants will arrive at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory at 7:45 am and depart at 5:00 pm. Laboratory sessions will run concurrently to provide limited numbers of participants per session, individualized instruction, and promote hands-on learning.


AAEP/ISELP Wet Lab: Essential Techniques for the Ultrasound Exam of the Equine Stifle and Neck
Instructors: Myra F. Barrett, Erin Contino, Sherry A. Johnson, Elizabeth Acutt, A. Kent Allen, Russ Peterson, Roland Thaler, Cooper Williams, Jessica Morgan, Duncan Peters

Sponsored by Bimeda, Dechra Veterinary Products, Horsepower Technologies, PulseVet , Sound.

Saturday, December 7
8:00 a.m. - Noon and 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Colorado State University's C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute, Fort Collins, CO.

Requires an additional ticket: $450 for AAEP or ISELP members/$500 for nonmembers.
This is a half-day lab being offered twice - AM session for 50 ppl and  PM session for 50 ppl. You can register for this lab while registering for Convention.

The afternoon session is full and a wait list has been started. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, contact Kristin Walker at

The equine neck and stifle have complex soft tissue and bone anatomy that is often challenging to image. Attendees will explore the pertinent anatomy and correlative imaging. Clinical cases will be discussed with the instructors as well as approaches to diagnosing injuries and treating the equine athlete with clinicians who make a living doing just that. Different conditions that will be reviewed include disease processes of the stifle and neck and key desmopathies/enthesopathies. The demonstration will also include a neck ultrasound guided injection to familiarize practitioners with that technique.

The session will be spent in an intense exploration of ultrasonographic examination of the equine neck and stifle with specific goals. A group of talented clinicians will assist in the imaging session with small groups and plenty of time. To view the full Program Schedule, click here

Transportation by bus to Fort Collins is included with registration.

Wet Lab: Yes, I Can Properly Euthanize Dogs and Cats
Tuesday, December 10
Kathleen Cooney, DVM, CHPV, CCFP

Requires extra ticket: $250. You can register for this lab when registering for the Convention. The Small Animal Euthanasia Techniques Wet Lab is facilitated by Companion Animal Euthanasia Training Academy. This lab is RACE-approved. 

Equine euthanasia is an art form and a very different experience for most practitioners compared to small animal euthanasia. The fundamentals of the appointment are the same: gentle death, reduced anxiety and stress, and pain-free, but the techniques and how we achieve euthanasia in the little ones are unique.  Equine practitioners comfortable with gently laying down a horse often feel unprepared to work with smaller-veined species.

In this laboratory, you will practice, on cadavers, the 5 most common injection techniques for small animals: intravenous, intracardiac, intrahepatic, intrarenal, and intraperitoneal. You will gain confidence performing euthanasia in a variety of species and increase the odds of successful euthanasia the first time, while reducing those challenging situations. The laboratory also presents information on memorialization and building a mobile euthanasia kit. Want to be better at small animal euthanasia?  This is the perfect opportunity.