Theriogenology (Reproduction)

Contact Us

vmed-therio@lsu.edu 

Equine

Stallion

  • Fertility evaluation
  • Semen cryopreservation (freezing)
  • Collection and preparation of semen for fresh cooled semen, including those stallions requiring special handling such as centrifugation to maintain fertility We have a breeding phantom and an ovariectomized mare that allows us to collect semen from almost any stallion at any time.
  • We have a computer-assisted semen analyzer, including phase contrast microscopy and fluorescence microscopy (state-of-the-art analysis) that enables us to objectively analyze multiple factors of sperm motility and use live/dead stains.

Mare

  • Fertility evaluation
  • Breeding management, including natural cover, artificial insemination with either fresh, cooled or frozen semen
  • Embryo collection and transfer or shipping to recipient location
  • Full capabilities for embryo collection and transfer or shipping
  • Pregnancy diagnosis
  • Assisting with problems during pregnancy or at foaling
  • Assisting with difficult foalings
  • Endoscopy (low dose insemination)—allows insemination with a very low dose of semen, for example with frozen semen or stallions with low sperm count
  • Laser surgery capability
  • Transvaginal ultrasound probe for oocyte collection, twin reduction--allows us to perform assisted reproduction for techniques including follicular aspiration and oocyte collection; also provides the capability to perform twin reduction at a later stage of gestation than usually can be accomplished by manual crushing

Canine

  • Breeding management, including breeding with fresh cooled and frozen semen
  • Transcervical insemination
  • Infertility work-up
  • Collection and preparation of semen for fresh cooled semen
  • Semen cryopreservation (freezing) 
  • Pregnancy diagnosis 

Bovine, Sheep, Goats

  • Breeding soundness evaluation of males
  • Pregnancy diagnosis
  • Fertility evaluation of cattle
  • Dystocia assistance (difficulty giving birth)