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post #1 of 8 Old 01-12-2010, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Equine Reproduction Specialist

Ok, so that's what I've inherently decided on for a career. Now to get there. Any ideas what I need to get there?

I want to be the one-stop-shop. I want to show up, be able to evaluate a mare and stallion, do AI, IVF, Embryo transfer, collect and store semen, sonogram, preg-check etc. Veterinary degree, of course. But what else?! Is there a certification?
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-12-2010, 05:26 PM
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I think after vet school you would do a residency at a speciality reproductive clinic, or an internship with a reproductive vet.
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-12-2010, 06:37 PM
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I think after vet school you would do a residency at a speciality reproductive clinic, or an internship with a reproductive vet.

I agree(:
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-12-2010, 06:40 PM
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^ Agree
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-12-2010, 07:10 PM
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Agree! But you might also need to get board certified by the state to practice.
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-12-2010, 07:26 PM
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Plus you will have to be an equine practitioner, not just a large animal vet =)

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post #7 of 8 Old 01-15-2010, 06:16 PM
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Yes all the above replies are correct that is exactly what I am doing now. I love every moment of it. Unfortunately there is no one stop certification, it takes years of studies. And I'm just beginning in my second year of my pre-vet major with equine emphasis at the U of M
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-15-2010, 06:42 PM
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Check out the Society for Theriogenology, you can get a lot of info. about repro work and there are job listings, so you can get an idea of the experience you will need. I get to work for the exact kind of person you are describing. His name is Ahmed Tibary, google him, he's amazing. Shebagurl- he did his PhD at Minnesota I believe.

Pretty much what everyone has said is right, vet school then internship then residency and board certification. However, you do not need to be just an equine practitioner. In fact, Dr. Tibary says that every time he gets a call for a reference for a former student, the big equine barns all want to know what comparative experience (especially camellids) the person has. Get all the experience you can, and make sure you understand that the job is 24-7 for at least 9 months out of the year. You can usually squeeze in a vacation if you have associates. I agree, being a theriogenologist would be pretty awesome. Good luck!
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