ESER 2022

European Practitioner Symposium on Equine Reproduction
20 - 21 October 2022
Ghent, Belgium


Christine Aurich

Christine Aurich - Austria


  • Effects of blue monochromatic light on gestation, resumption of ovarian function and foal development.
  • Relationship between early luteal function and conceptus development.

Christine received her DVM from Hanover Veterinary School, Germany. She is the head of the Centre for Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer and the Graf Lehndorff Institute for Equine Science at the University for Veterinary Sciences in Vienna, Austria. She is a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Reproduction (ECAR); Chair of the Scientific Board of the International Symposium on Stallion Reproduction; and Chair of the Scientific Board of the International Symposium on Equine Reproduction. She is the Associate Editor for the journal Animal Reproduction Science. Her current research is focused on equine pregnancy and the preservation of gametes and embryos in domestic animals.

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Jean-François Bruyas

Jean-François Bruyas - France


  • GnRH vaccination in mares and stallions
  • The use of GnRH as ovulation inducing agent

Jean-François graduated in 1984 from the National Veterinary School in Toulouse, France. After a few years in practice, he joined the faculty at the veterinary college in Nantes (ENVN). He is a diplomate of the European College of Animal Reproduction (ECAR) and is an active and contributing member within the AVEF, EETS, ESDAR and ECAR. Jean-François has dedicated his career to equine reproduction, specialized in embryo transfer and lately has taken an interest in the use of GnRH vaccination in mares and stallions. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Le Nouveau Practitien Equin. He has written numerous articles and given many presentations on clinical aspects of equine reproduction both in France and Internationally.

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Anthony Claes

Anthony Claes - The Netherlands


  • OPU technique
  • Transfer of frozen-thawed ICSI embryos

Anthony is assistant professor in equine reproduction and team-leader of the clinical equine reproduction clinic. After obtaining his veterinary degree at the University of Ghent in Belgium, he worked as equine stud veterinarian at the Scone Veterinary Hospital in Australia, completed a residency in equine reproduction and was subsequently lecturer in at the University of California, Davis. In 2014, he completed his PhD at the Gluck Equine Research Center and became an ECAR diplomate in 2008. Anthony regularly speaks on OPU and embryo transfer at national and international meetings.

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Mandi De Mestre

Mandi De Mestre - UK


  • Early pregnancy loss

Mandi graduated from the University of Sydney in 1998 with a First Class Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Her interest in research begun as a veterinary student during which time she spent two summers in the USA in the laboratories of Prof. Douglas Antczak (Cornell University) and Dr. Craig Altier (North Carolina State University) working on projects in the fields of equine genomics and reproduction. Following graduation, she worked as a veterinarian in equine specialist practice in Scone, Australia and Newmarket, United Kingdom furthering her interest in equine  reproduction and neonatology. In 2005, she was the recipient of the 2006 Frank Fenner Medal and Dewar Milne Prize in Immunology for her PhD work. In 2005, Mandi returned to Cornell as a Post-doctoral research associate in the laboratory of Prof. Antczak and in 2007, she joined the Royal Veterinary College as a Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences. Her current research interests combine her clinical training in reproduction and neonatology with her scientific background in the field of placental function and immunology.

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Pouya Dini

Pouya Dini - USA


  • The first days of life of an ICSI embryo.
  • Abnormal behavior in the mare: what do we know today?

Dr. Dini is a professor in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction at UCDavis, CA, USA and is a Diplomate in the European College of Animal Reproduction and the American College of Theriogenology. He obtained his first Ph.D. in a collaboration between Azad University and the University of Ghent, Belgium, and his second Ph.D. in collaboration between the University of Ghent and Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky. He is current research interests are the regulation of the pathophysiology of the equine placenta and the growing ICSI embryo at the genomic level.

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Marco Livini

Marco Livini - Italy


  • Ozone therapy in infertile mares: experience in the field and perspectives

Graduated from the University of Milan in 1988 and did his first steps as a young veterinarian At Scone Equine Hospital in Australia and at the famous National Hunt Rathbarry Stud in Ireland as resident vet in Thoroughbred stud farm medicine. In 1991, Marco joined the “Veterinari Associati Ippovet” in 1991 where he currently works as a specialist in equine gynecology. He has been part of the board at the Italian Society Equine Reproduction and President of SIVE ( Italian Society Equine Practitioners). Marco has an interest in mare gynecology and has lectured on monitoring the health of the equine fetus using ultrasonography, gender determination in pregnant mares and lately has developed an interest in treatment of infertility in mares. Marco has been invited to speak on the use of ozon therapy in subfertile mares at the BEVA meeting in September and will lecture on this subject at the ESER meeting.

Tullis Matson

Tullis Matson - UK


  • Correct handling and thawing of frozen semen
  • Preservation of samples for cloning
  • Correct handling, packaging and transport of fresh-cooled semen.

Tullis began his career with horses working in racing stables where he spent two years as Assistant Trainer to Philip Hobbs. In 1990 he came home to run his father’s non-thoroughbred stud at Twemlows Hall. In 1996 the stud had grown on such a large scale that at this point Tullis started his own business Stallion AI Services Ltd, a Stallion Semen Collection Centre running from Twemlows Hall. This soon developed into taking stallions in for freezing, chilling and fresh insemination. During the 18 years that stallion AI Services has been running, Tullis has frozen semen from more than 700 stallions and carried out over 10,000 collections. In 2011, Tullis received the Marsh Christian Award for Conservation in Genetic Bio-Diversity. He has been given the award for the technological advances he has brought to the field of equine semen freezing which has enabled some rare breeds to be collected from and frozen successfully for the first time.

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Patrick McCue

Patrick McCue - USA


  • The desperation cycle – last resort options for problem mares
  • Foal heat breeding
  • Hysteroscopy in the mare
  • A parentage conundrum

Pat was the keynote speaker at the ESER-2018 and is a regular speaker at International equine reproduction meetings around the world. Pat completed an internship at the University of Pennsylvania and a residency at the University of California, Davis. He received a PhD in Comparative Pathology, with an emphasis on reproductive endocrinology and ovarian pathology in the mare, from UC-Davis in 1992, and joined the faculty at Colorado State University in 1994. Pat coordinates the Clinical Stallion, Broodmare, Foaling, and Embryo Transfer Services at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory, Colorado State University. He also attends dystocias, high-risk pregnancies, and other equine reproduction cases at the university’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. In addition, he writes a monthly column called ‘The Breeding Shed’ for the American Quarter Horse Journal.  Patrick is the co-editor of the second edition of the renowned "Equine Reproductive Procedures" handbook that was published earlier this year.

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Duccio Panzani

Duccio Panzani - Italy


  • How to breed the jenny
  • How to collect semen from a jack
  • Common complications in donkey reproduction

Duccio is a professor at the University of Pisa and a world-renowned specialist in donkey reproduction. In the past decade, Duccio has published over 65 papers on donkey reproduction, stallion infertility and embryo transfer. His research work in donkey reproduction is recognized at a global level and his team regularly consults at a global level. His research network spans from China to North America to Argentina. He is a sought-after speaker who likes to share his clinical insights.

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Camilla Scott

Camilla Scott - UK


  • Endometritis

Camilla graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2006. Camilla has undertaken an internal medicine fellowship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky and spent multiple stud seasons in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2013 Camilla started a theriogenology residency at the University of Davis, California specialising in Equine Reproduction. In 2014, she was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Equine Stud Medicine and in 2015, she became a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists. Camilla is currently active at the Rossdales Equine Hospital and was awarded recognised specialist status by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2020. Camilla has served on the scientific committee for conferences in the UK and the USA and has published on various topics. She has a particular interest in problem mares, stallion fertility and embryo transfer.

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Jutta Sielhorst

Jutta Sielhorst - Germany


  • Ultrasound-guided puncture of twin pregnancy

Jutta obtained her veterinary degree in 2006 and received her specialty training at the University of Hanover. Her research interests include ultrasonography of the late pregnant mare, use of Doppler ultrasonography in the pregnant mare and functionality of the pregnant uterus. After numerous years at the Celle State Stud, TiHo Hanover, the Veterinary Competence Center Karthaus and various specialist clinics in New Zealand and Australia, she has recently created ReproTraining, an educational service at the interface between science and practice. Her focus is on practice-oriented continuing education and exchange in reproductive medicine. As such, her long-term goals are the exchange of knowledge between science and practice and the promotion of relevant scientific activity in cooperation with the TiHo Hanover.

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Hans Wilderjans

Hans Wilderjans - Belgium


  • Surgical and non-surgical treatment of strangulated inguinal hernias and how to prevent re-occurrence.

Dr. Hans Wilderjans graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Ghent University in 1987, and completed an internship at the Conques equine clinic in the south of France in 1989. From 1989 to 1992, he worked at the Tortington Equine Hospital in West Sussex in the United Kingdom and started a alternative ECVS residency program in large pet surgery. In 1992 he founded Paardenkliniek De Bosdreef and in 1995 he became a diplomat of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 2000 De Bosdreef merged with Paardenkliniek De Morette near Brussels. Together with 4 partners, he now runs 2 important private equine clinics in Belgium. The Bosdreef group accommodates 24 full-time veterinarians, including diplomats in medical imaging, surgery and internal diseases. The clinic is fully equipped with MRI, CT, scintigraphy, operating theaters and intensive care units and mainly sport horses are examined and treated. In addition, residency programs are offered in surgery, internal diseases, and medical imaging. His professional interests are mainly in orthopedic surgery and laparoscopy, on which he also regularly lectures and publishes.

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