Emergency Services Information
Address: 5851 E Deer Park Rd,
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573) 443-4414
After Hours/Emergency: (573) 449-2242
Mon-Fri | 8AM–5PM
Sat | 8AM–12PM

 

Preparation For Embryo Transfer

Our extensive experience has proven that proper preparation makes any program easier and more successful. Over the years, we have compiled several suggestions to help facilitate the embryo transfer process.

In-House Transfer Program

  1. Contact the manager of the stallion you intend to breed prior to bringing the mare and finalize breeding arrangements. This enables you to provide EMS with the proper contact information for ordering semen and scheduling collection days.
  2. Contact your breed registry to ensure you will be in compliance with their requirements for eventual registry of the resulting foal. Some registries require a permit prior to embryo transfer.
  3. All mares should be brought to our facility with leather halters to decrease the risk of injury. Please do not leave a lead rope, blankets or any other items.
  4. Mares should arrive with proof of a Coggins test taken in the current calendar year. If one has not been administered, we will draw one upon arrival.
  5. Mares that arrive for early breeding (prior to April 1) should be kept under lights for a minimum of eight weeks prior to the planned breeding.
  6. You will be required to provide EMS with a written record of recent vaccinations and dewormings along with an indication of any special care the mare may require.
  7. All non-maiden mares must arrive with clean cultures.
  8. Provide EMS with as much notice as possible prior to your arrival with your mare, so we can ensure we have adequate accommodations. Stabling is provided on a first come, first serve basis. We are continually expanding our facilities, but we do have a fixed capacity. EMS does not allow reservations and cannot guarantee stall availability at any future time, as predicting when mares will leave is difficult. Occasionally, mares may be placed on a short waiting list, which is processed relatively quickly. Furthermore, paddock board may only be available from March 15 to September 15. For these reasons, good communication is vital prior to mare arrivals.
  9. Provide at least 3 business days notice prior to picking up recipient mares so EMS may have them processed and ready for you. In addition to paperwork, this frequently involves transportation from one of three outlying farms. Short notice may make proper transportation impossible. Please also note that we require full payment at the time of discharge.
  10. Bear in mind that we typically manage around 100 donor mares at a time. While EMS likes to keep mare owners well-informed, we have found that giving a daily play-by-play update to multiple clients is simply not possible. We welcome your call and our breeding manager will assist you as much as possible with information entered in medical records. If you require additional information, Drs. Foss, Ortis, Loncar or one of our technicians will return your call. We have also found email to be very effective and you may reach us anytime at equinemedical@aol.com.

Transported Transfer Program

  1. All arrangements with Equine Medical Services (including contract and payment) must be made prior to breeding the donor mare.
  2. Contact your breed registry to ensure you will be in compliance with their requirements for eventual registry of the resulting foal. Some registries require a permit prior to embryo transfer.
  3. Communicate with your veterinarian to ensure he/she is prepared for this process.
  4. Contact EMS as soon as you begin breeding your donor mare, and once again as soon as she ovulates.
  5. Determine whether your veterinarian has access to shipping media. Commercial embryo holding solutions are quite effective and can be used in most instances. When the embryo must endure a longer transport period, we recommend the use of Ham’s F-10 gassed in 5% carbon dioxide with added serum and antibiotics. We can provide Ham’s F-10 via FedEx for $50 plus shipping, but only with payment by credit card. Keep in mind that the pH of the Ham-10 is buffered by carbon dioxide which can diffuse quickly, so it should be used within four to five days of preparation and kept tightly sealed. This means fresh media is required for each subsequent embryo flush attempt. On the other hand, commercial embryo holding media can be shelf-stored until needed, but may not be as supportive if the embryo is to be shipped overnight.
  6. Make shipping arrangements for your embryo early. We prefer it to be shipped by air counter to counter if possible, although embryos collected late in the day and shipped via FedEx can do just as well. The less time an embryo spends in transportation, the better it will be. The embryo may be flown to St. Louis (STL) and brought by courier to our facility, but the courier requires an additional fee. We receive embryos 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, but we prefer arrivals during daytime hours. Please note that embryos do not arrive at EMS by courier until approximately three hours after arrival in St. Louis.
  7. Please give us a call as soon as the flush is complete, regardless of the outcome. If an embryo is recovered, this allows you to inform us of shipping arrangements and air bill numbers so we can prepare for its arrival. If an embryo is not recovered, a call will keep us from worrying that communication lines have broken down and calling around for shipping updates.
  8. Provide at least 3 business days notice prior to picking up recipient mares so EMS may have them processed and ready for you. In addition to paperwork, this frequently involves transportation from one of three outlying farms. Short notice may make proper transportation impossible. Please also note that we require full payment at the time of discharge.