Equine Reproduction Days: Stallion fertility

February 22 to 24, 2019, Lüsche, Germany

in cooperation with Tierklinik Lüsche

This course shall provide participants with state-of-the-art lectures on the management of stallions and their semen and provide unique opportunities to improve hands-on clinical skills.

Continuous Professional Education certification by Akademie für Tierärztliche Fortbildung (Academy for Veterinary Continuous Education) is being requested.



Friday, February 22, Tierklinik Lüsche: Lectures and wet labs with Tullis Matson, Ahmed Tibary and Dickson Varner

  • 10:00 - Stallion handling. Dickson Varner
  • 11:00 - Coffee break
  • 11:30 - Ultrasonography and endoscopy of the reproductive tract in stallions. Ahmed Tibary
  • 12:30 - Semen collection techniques for fertile and sub-fertile stallions. Tullis Matson
  • 13:00 - Lunch
  • 14:00 - Epididymal semen harvesting. Tullis Matson
  • 14:30 - Evaluation of stallions with infertility due to ejaculatory disorders. Ahmed Tibary
  • 15:30 - Coffee break
  • 16:00 - Wet labs on subjects lectured (participants will be divided in 3 groups to go through the wet labs of 90 minutes duration each)
    Wet lab A: Stallion handling including semen collection
    Wet lab B: Ultrasonography and endoscopy of the reproductive tract in stallions
    Wet lab C: Epididymal semen harvesting, processing and assessment
  • 18:00 - End
  • 18:30 - Barbecue

Saturday, February 23, Tierklinik Lüsche: Wet labs and lectures with Tullis Matson, Ahmed Tibary and Dickson Varner

  • 9:00 - Continue wet labs of February 22
  • 12:30 - Lunch
  • 13:30 - Processing semen for fresh and chilled. Dickson Varner
  • 14:30 - Freezing, handling and thawing of frozen semen. Tullis Matson
  • 15:15 - The optimal sperm dose for fresh, chilled & frozen. Tullis Matson
  • 15:45 - Coffee break
  • 16:15 - Wet labs (participants will be divided in 3 groups to go through the wet labs of 90 minutes duration each)
    Wet lab D: Processing semen for fresh and chilled
    Wet lab E: Freezing, handling and thawing of frozen semen
    Wet lab F: Breeding soundness evaluation
  • 18:00 - End
  • 18:30 - Visit of Stallion presentation at Stallion Station Böckmann

Sunday, February 24 Tierklinik Lüsche: Wet labs and lectures with Tullis Matson, Ahmed Tibary and Dickson Varner

  • 8:30 - Continue wet labs of February 23
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 13:00 - Stallion case studies including reproduction emergencies. All
  • 14:30 - Coffee break
  • 14:45 - Evaluation of breeding records. Dickson Varner
  • 15:45 - Discussion round
  • 16:30 - End

The instructors

Tullis Matson
has worked in the equine industry for over 25 years. He began running the small natural covering stud at the family farm in 1989. In 1990 went to New Zealand to learn the practice of Artificial Insemination before returning home to set up one of the first equine AI only units in the UK. Stallion AI Services Ltd was formed in 2000 and is one of the most successful stallion collection centers in Europe, offering semen collection services, fertility assessment and worldwide semen export. In recent years, Tullis has carried out research into semen collection, stallion fertility and cryopreservation methods of equine semen and embryos. He has developed bespoke extenders for stallions and harvested semen from post castration testicles. He lectures worldwide on equine breeding and stallion management and also works with organizations such as Chester Zoo to help cryopreserve semen from endangered species e.g. Rhino, Lion.

Ahmed Tibary
graduated from the Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Morocco. He earned an MS (1984), Doctorate s Science (1988) from IAV Hassan II and a PhD (1989) in Theriogenology from the University of Minnesota. He was certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 1991. After several years of practice in Morocco, he worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Equine Theriogenology at the University of Minnesota from 1990-1992. He then accepted a position as the Scientific Director of the Veterinary Research Center in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates where he helped develop a referral center for infertility and artificial breeding in Arabian horses and camels. In 1998, he joined the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State where he is now a professor of Comparative Theriogenology. He is the author of many peer-reviewed scientific publications and 4 books on equine and ruminant reproduction.


Dickson Varner
completed an internship at Castleton Farm, Lexington, Kentucky, and then continued as an assistant resident veterinarian at that location for an additional two years. He then relocated to New Bolton Centre to complete a residency in Theriogenology in 1983. In 1984 Dickson received Diplomate status from the American College of Theriogenologists and has been on the faculty at Texas A&M University since 1986, where he is presently Professor of Theriogenology and Pin Oak Stud Chair of Stallion Reproductive Studies. He has authored/co-authored innumerable journal articles and the textbooks entitled "Diseases and Management of Breeding Stallions", “Manual on Equine Reproduction” and "Equine Reproduction”.

What you need to know...

Date & Location

February 22, 23 and 24, 2019

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



For those arriving by plane or train on February 21 or very early on February 22 (to be taken from there to the clinic on the 22nd at 8:45 hours)

Holiday Inn Express Bremen Airport
Hanna-Kunath-Straße 5, 28199 Bremen
Phone: +49 (0) 421-322852002; reservation@express-bremen-airport.de

Other: www.bremen.de


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

Hotel Am PferdeZentrum (speakers are accommodated here; 11 additional rooms will be available for your reservation until January 16 only)
Lohner Str. 22, 49377 Vechta
Phone: +49 (0) 4441-91798-0

Hotel Schäfers
Große Str. 115, Vechta, Lower-Saxony, 49377 Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 4441-92830

Hotel Am Neuen Markt
Neuer Markt 20, 49377 Vechta
Phone: +49 (0) 4441-5221

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


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