The objective of this session is to provide the general practitioner with factors to consider when contemplating the addition
of theriogenology services to his or her practice.
General key points
- A significant commitment to theriogenology service is required.
- Additional training to gain proficiency may be required.
- Some investment in specialty-use equipment and supplies is necessary.
- Offering theriogenology services sets your practice apart from competitor practices.
Clients perceive enhanced expertise in other areas of veterinary medicine – "spill-over effect."
- Breeder clients are loyal (BUT demanding), and they return for repeat business.
- Breeder clients more often request and follow recommendations for other "high end" services.
- Theriogenology services are profitable.
- The potential for professional satisfaction is great!
Adding theriogenology services to your general practice can be a huge "plus" in terms of both professional satisfaction and
practice revenue. Pros and cons of theriogenology practice will be discussed, along with factors to consider when deciding
the scope of services to be offered, avenues available for acquiring knowledge and developing skills, equipment needs and
Concomitant with a decision to offer theriogenology services comes the commitment to provide the services offered. Conception
and parturition often do not restrict themselves to the 9AM to 5PM Monday through Friday workweek. The theriogenology clinician
must be willing to provide services after hours and on holidays. The average life span of frozen-thawed spermatozoa is 12
hours. Therefore, changing the insemination date even one day from the optimal day may thwart conception.
Scope of services
Basic theriogenology services
Transvaginal artificial insemination
Semen collection for fresh-chilled shipment
Full Service Theriogenology Practice – in addition to the above
Breeding sounding examination – male and female
Transcervical artificial insemination
Surgical insemination ("implant")
High risk pregnancy management
Dx and Tx of dystocia
Dx and Tx of male and female subfertility and infertility
Semen freezing and storage– franchise or independent
Importation and exportation of frozen semen
Pedigree analysis and genetic counseling
DNA technology (registry, testing for paternity and disease markers)
Elective Caesarian section delivery
- Radiographic evaluation for breeding (e.g. PennHIP radiography)
Become board certified through the ACT – traditional and practitioner routes available
- Become a member of the SFT (Society for Theriogenology,
http://www.therio.org/) and attend annual meetings
Sign up on the SFT-SA list serve
Attend continuing education programs
Collaborate with a mentor theriogenologist
- Receive training provided in conjunction with a franchise purchase (e.g. CLONE, ICG)
Hire a trained associate