Greetings to you from the American Embryo Transfer Association (AETA). The AETA held its 2018 annual convention in beautiful Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with veterinarians and embryo transfer practitioners from around the globe. The AETA and CETA (Canadian Embryo Transfer Association) host a joint conference, which has been a huge success for many years and attracts the elite and certified members at the vanguard of this industry.
Education is our first priority. The AETA continues to improve the quality of all embryo transfer practices by providing direct links among science, the laboratory, and the field. We support diverse learning opportunities so members can experience best practices and high levels of industry standards. Our certification process develops and maintains a gold standard of excellence.
The following individuals were elected for the 2019 Executive Committee and Board of Directors: Dr. Matt Iager (Boonsboro, MD), president; Dr. Matt Dorshorst (Marshfield, WI), vice president; and Dr. Bill Croushore (Berlin, PA), secretary-treasurer. Other board members include Dr. Kory Bigalk (Rochester, MN), Dr. Clay Breiner (Westmoreland, KS), Dr. Pat Comyn (Madison, VA), Dr. Dave Dixon (Rensselaer, IN), and Dr. Jeremy VanBoening (Alma, NE). We thank our outgoing president, Dr. John Prososki (Wausau, WI), and board members, Dr. Kirk Gray (Westmoreland, KS) and Dr. Mark James (Wolcottville, IN), for their outstanding leadership in 2018.
The AETA presented Dr. Richard Whitaker (Turner, ME) with the Lifetime Achievement Award. “Whit” has dedicated his lifetime and career to the embryo transfer industry and has greatly contributed to the success of AETA, distinguishing himself among his peers. The AETA also presented 10 student scholarship awards to future practitioners, who attend colleges and universities around the USA and Canada. We congratulate all of the outstanding applicants on their achievements.
AETA—“Experience, Quality, Professional.” Let our members work for you to enhance your genetic success! Visit AETA for information and to search for a practitioner in your area. While you are there, be sure to check out the video “Global Genetic Improvement through Embryo Technology.” The AETA works closely with USDA-APHIS to qualify and meet specific protocols for export of USA bovine embryos to foreign markets.
The 2019 AETA-CETA annual convention will be held in October in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Please contact us for more information. From the members and leaders of AETA, we wish all of you the best of success in 2019.