Equibreed horse embryo transfer

Amber Clutton-Brock MA VetMB MRCVS

Amber has had a strong interest in horses all her life. Amber graduated in 2006 from Cambridge Vet School, and has worked exclusively in equine reproduction since then. Trained in equine embryo transfer in one of the busiest embryo transfer centres in Argentina, she has subsequently expanded on this knowledge, and worked for many horse breeding operations around the globe in embryo transfer.

As the official clinician at the Equine Fertility Unit in Newmarket, working under Professor Twink Allen, she was responsible for all clinical cases, and assisting with the research on equine embryo transfer - work which resulted in the publication of scientific papers on the synchronicity of day 10 equine embryos, and also the use of injectable progesterone as a method of synthesizing embryo transfer recipient mares. From there, she went on to work for many of the top equestrian breeders across the disciplines around the world in embryo transfer, including Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

Whilst in New Zealand, she experienced the practicalities of sex sorting equine semen, and was part of a team to be the first to offer horse breeding clients in New Zealand their choice of colt or filly.

She started Equibreed UK in 2010 to provide embryo transfer and artificial insemination services, when it became obvious that there was a need for a dedicated equine reproductive vet serving the Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Middlesex, Surrey, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire area, and its embryo transfer and artificial insemination services have gone from strength to strength.

The development of a new purpose-built equine embryo centre at Beenham in Berkshire is the latest exciting development, and we hope to bring you news about this soon.

Open Xavier and Amber Clutton-Brock

Equine embryo centre UK Open Xavier – Equibreed’s preferred stud stallion is shown above, alongside Amber Clutton-Brock

Prof Twink Allen BVSc (Syd), PhD (Cantab), ScD (Cantab), DSc (h.c.mult), DESM, Dip ECAR, FRAgSE, FSB, FRCVS, CBE

Twink was Amber’s mentor and inspiration in equine reproduction, including embryo transfers, whilst she studied at Cambridge and subsequently when she worked for him at the Equine Fertility Unit in Newmarket. Globally recognised as one of the fathers of equine reproduction, he has made a huge contribution to our understanding and knowledge of the physiology, endocrinology, and immunology of equine reproduction. One of the pioneers of equine embryo transfer both in the UK and globally, he has been involved in many different embryo transfer programs, and tells many exciting and varied tales of equine embryo transfer in often challenging situations!

We are extremely grateful for all Twink’s input and useful advice on equine embryo transfer.

Dr Sandra Wilsher

Sandra has worked for many years in equine reproduction, and is the pioneer of the hugely significant Wilsher embryo transfer forceps - a specialised piece of equipment used during the transfer of equine embryos. Working alongside Twink Allen, she has a huge wealth of knowledge and experience in equine embryo transfer – having published over 30 papers, and consulted all over the world on equine embryo transfer.

David Rowlands BVSc Cert EM(Stud Med) MRCVS

David is an extremely experienced equine stud veterinarian, and holds the RCVS certificate in equine stud medicine.

Lee Morris BVSc DVSc DipACT, Registered Specialist in Veterinary Reproduction

Dr Morris owns Equibreed NZ Ltd., based in Cambridge, New Zealand, which specialises in embryo transfer services. Her special interests include artificial insemination (AI), embryo transfer (ET), epididymal spermatozoa, hysteroscopy, equine laparoscopy, semen freezing technology, sex-sorted semen and challenging cases of mare or stallion infertility. Amber worked as the embryo transfer veterinarian at Equibreed NZ in 2009.

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