Equine Reproduction Days: Embryo Transfer

Lüsche, Germany, February 23 to 25, 2018


Course is full. We have opened a waiting list. If interested please contact us.

in cooperation with Tierklinik Lüsche


This course provides advanced practitioners with state-of-the-art lectures on equine Embryo Transfer (ET), Ovum Pick-Up (OPU) and Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). Do not miss out on the unique opportunity to improve your own hands-on clinical skills in practical procedures.




Friday, February 23, Tierklinik Lüsche, Lüsche: 10:00 to 18:30 hours lectures with Anthony Claes, Peter Daels and Carolina Herrera
(Accredited by Akademie für tierärztliche Fortbildung with 7 hours of CPD)

  • Introduction to equine embryo transfer
  • Embryo collection
  • Embryo manipulation
  • Embryo transfer
  • The recipient mare
  • Freezing and cryopreserving embryos
  • Sexing and PGD

Saturday, February 24, Tierklinik Lüsche, Lüsche: 9:00 to 15:00 demonstrations and wetlabs with Anthony Claes, Peter Daels and Carolina Herrera
(Accredited by Akademie für tierärztliche Fortbildung with 7 hours of CPD)

Participants will be divided in 3 groups to go through the wetlabs of 90 minutes duration each


  • Wetlab A: Embryo flushing
  • Wetlab B: Embryo transfer
  • Wetlab C: Embryo searching, handling, washing

15:30 to 18:30 hours lectures

  • Ovum Pick-up
  • Searching for and handling oocytes
  • ICSI
  • Is there a place for OPU in your practice?
  • Which mares are good candidates to recommend OPU/ICSI?
  • Transferring ICSI embryos in your practice

Sunday, February 25 Tierklinik Lüsche, Lüsche: 8:30 to 12:00 demonstrations with Anthony Claes, Peter Daels and Carolina Herrera
(Accredited by Akademie für tierärztliche Fortbildung with 7 hours of CE)

Participants will be first divided in 2 groups to run two wetlabs of 1 h duration each: Wetlab A) Embryo Freezing; Wetlab B) ICSI & Biopsy & Collapse. After the wetlabs the groups will rejoin for a demonstration of OPU.

13:00 to 16:30 Lectures and discussions

  • What are reasonable expectations with OPU?
  • What are reasonable expectations with ICSI?
  • What does it take to set up an ICSI lab?

The instructors at Equine Repro Days 2018

Anthony Claes
received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Ghent (Belgium) in 2004. After completing an internship in Equine Reproduction at a large Warmblood stud farm in the Netherlands, he moved to the Unites States to complete a Residency in Equine Reproduction (University of California, UC Davis) and become board certified by the American College of Theriogenologists. After being stud veterinarian in Australia he returned in 2010 to UC Davis to serve as clinical instructor in Equine Reproduction. In 2012 he enrolled in a PhD program at the Gluck Equine Research Center (University of Kentucky, USA). In 2014, Anthony was appointed as Assistant Professor in Equine Reproduction at University of Utrecht. He is responsible for the clinical activities surrounding the OPU/ICSI program and participates in the clinical gynaecology and traditional embryo transfer activities in the equine fertility unit. He has a special interest in advanced reproductive technologies.

Peter Daels
graduated from the Veterinary Faculty of the Ghent State University in 1984, completed a residency in equine reproduction at University of California, Davis and obtained a PhD in Comparative Pathology at Davis in 1990. Peter then moved to the veterinary faculty at Cornell University and stayed there until 1999. He spent a sabbatical year at the University of Utrecht and was director of equine research at the INRA Research Institute at Tours France from 1999 to 2004. Between 2004 and 2012 he was head of the Keros ET Center in Belgium for equine embryo transfer. Presently, Peter is professor of equine reproduction at the Ghent State University.

Carolina Herrera
received her PhD on Molecular Biology in 1999 from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentine. She was Laboratory Director of the Medical Institute Halitus in Buenos Aires directing research related to animal assisted reproduction techniques in cattle, horses and South American camelids before becoming Laboratory Director of the Biotechnology Division, Cría Tanoira Embriones in Argentine where she applied the assisted reproduction technologies in high merit stallions and mares. Since 2014 she is Research Assistant at the in vitro embryo production laboratory at the Clinic of Reproductive Medicine of the Vetsuisse - Faculty of the University of Zurich and at the in vitro embryo production laboratory of the Swiss Institute of Equine Medicine (ISME) from the University of Bern (all Switzerland) and does research on in vitro production of bovine and equine embryos, as well as cryopreservation and genetic testing of embryos from both species.

What you need to know...


In Bremen

for those arriving by plane or train on February 22 or very early on February 23 (to be taken from there to the clinic on the 23rd at 8:45 hours)

Holiday Inn Express Bremen Airport
Hanna-Kunath-Straße 5,
28199 Bremen
Phone: +49 (0) 421-322852002;

Other: www.bremen.de

Near the clinic in Lüsche (about 70 km from Bremen)

Park Hotel Cloppenburg (recommended)
Burgstraße 8,
49661 Cloppenburg
Phone: +49 (0) 4471-6614; Fax: -6617;

Bahnhofstraße 30,
49661 Cloppenburg
Phone: +49 (0) 4471-7020–70; Fax: –77;


Date & Location

February 23, 24 and 25, 2017

Tierklinik Lüsche,
Essener Str. 39 a,
49456 Lüsche,
Phone +49 (0) 5438-95850;
Ute Pansegrau


Further information

Arbeitsgruppe Pferd – Task Force Horse
Arno Lindner
Heinrich-Röttgen-Str. 20, 52428 Jülich, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 2461 340-430; Fax: -484;
contact@agpferd.de; www.agpferd.com

  • Nearest airports: Bremen (BRE); Hamburg (HAM); Hannover (HAJ)
  • On Bremen: www.bremen.de
  • Bio of speakers in agpferd.com
  • More equine professionals education: Please check under events in www.agpferd.com


Course is full. We have opened a waiting list. If interested please contact us.