Embryo Transfer Program

Our extensive embryo transfer program is available to owners that wish to implement embryo transfer technology into their breeding program.

The program is designed to provide breeders with the greatest chance of success.

As part of the embryo transfer program, Peterson Smith's Advanced Fertility Center (AFC) maintains one of the largest recipient mare herds in the Eastern United States. Our experience, expertise and facilities allow us to offer many different options by which a breeder can participate in a successful ET program. Mare owners are offered the flexibility of freezing embryos, transferring embryos into their own mares, shipping embryos to a facility of their choice, or transferring embryos into one of our recipient mares.

Embryo Transfer Program Services Include:

  • Recipient Mare Herd

    • The AFC has maintained one of the largest recipient mare herds in the eastern United States since 1999. There is a tremendous amount of work and cost involved in acquiring, maintaining and managing the reproductive status of a large recipient herd, but we believe it is the core to a successful embryo transfer program. The initial selection process of mares, along with their regular reproductive evaluations, is extremely time consuming, but pays off many fold. This approach makes embryo transfer possible and affordable to many of our clients.

  • Embryo Vitrification (freezing)

    • Our embryo freezing program offers breeders many different opportunities and benefits. Frozen embryos have an indefinite storage period, which provides options for breeders who desire the flexibility to transfer earlier in the season, or transfer to their own recipient mares at a future date. It also provides the option to preserve embryos from ICSI procedures that result in multiple transferable embryos, and offers the option to collect and freeze during the off season. We also have the ability to import and export frozen embryos worldwide. Although it is ideal to freeze embryo at the 6½ day mark due to the small size, we are now able to freeze 7-8 day embryos by collapsing them via micro-manipulation prior to vitrification.

Peterson Smith Equine Hospital
4747 SW 60th Ave, Ocala, FL 34474
Phone: 352.237.6151 | Fax: 352.237.0629

Mon - Fri: 7:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 7:30am - 12:00pm
Closed on Sunday

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Peterson Smith Advanced Fertility Center
15107 SE 47th Ave, Summerfield, FL 34491
Phone: 352.307.3000 | Fax: 754.799.4482

Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Closed on Sunday

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