This year the 17th Annual Meeting of SBS Affiliated Laboratories returned to Chesapeake City, Maryland on December 4th and 5th. Each year our team members from around the world gather to review procedures and policies, share information and experiences, discuss recent developments in the industry and set plans for the future. Our network is ever expanding as we include more affiliate laboratories. This year we welcomed Jadem Arabians in Belgium and we will welcome our newest affiliate member, Dr. Elizabeth Martinsen of Bella Vista Equine in St. Louisville, OH, to our team in 2018.
A benefit to being an SBS Affiliate member is being part of a worldwide team which strives to provide the best customer service to our clients but also to gather as a group each year to gain further knowledge about the equine reproduction industry. As an added benefit to our team members, we are able to offer continuing education (CE) credits through RACE/AAVSB for participating veterinarians and technicians.
Each year we invite two guest speakers to join our meeting to discuss various topics in the equine reproduction industry but also in other related industries. On the first day of our meeting, Dr. Gary Althouse of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, presented information to the group on “The Significance of Bacterial Contamination in Semen”. On the following day, Dr. Margo MacPherson of the University of Florida and newly inducted President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) spoke about pregnancy loss in the mare.
Once again it was a successful event! We all renewed our shared mission to promote the successful use of frozen semen by raising the standards of production and educating the industry about the benefits of frozen semen.