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Saratoga (518) 583-7273

Wellington (561) 383-5437


Advanced Reproduction Techniques

Reproduction Services are available at all three of our hospitals: Lexington, Saratoga & Wellington.

Breeding your horse is an exciting undertaking that requires the assistance of a skilled veterinary team. Rood & Riddle provides the most advanced reproductive medicine in the field. In 2002 Rood & Riddle created a reproductive center for specialized procedures for mares and stallions. Under the direction of our board-certified theriogenologists, the reproduction center has expanded with the addition of a 200-acre farm ten minutes from our Lexington, KY, location. This facility serves as the home for our recipient mare herd and stallion complex. With this expansion, we can provide specialized treatment of infertile mares and administer advanced reproductive techniques such as embryo transfer and oocyte harvesting. The complex also contains a stallion barn and associated breeding shed. This facility allows us to stand stallions for our clients either commercially or privately. We can breed via live cover or collect semen for artificial insemination. In addition, we are an affiliate lab of Select Breeders Services and thus capable of providing comprehensive semen freezing services, including international distribution of frozen semen. Our theriogenologists also provide uterine biopsy interpretation services to veterinarians.

In 2013 the reproduction center was renamed The LeBlanc Reproduction Center in honor of Michelle LeBlanc, DVM, DACT, our dearly beloved colleague who passed away. Dr. LeBlanc was a widely respected practitioner, professor, mentor, researcher, leader and cherished friend. Her legacy lives on throughout the world of equine reproduction and certainly in the theriogenology team at Rood & Riddle.

To meet the needs of the growing sport horse community, Rood & Riddle has established a recipient mare herd for use in embryo transfer. All recipients undergo appropriate quarantine and health screening, are of sound reproductive health and are vaccinated and dewormed according to accepted industry guidelines. Recipient mares are available to clients with a signed contract.


Broodmare Management

  • Breeding management for live-cover, cooled-shipped and frozen semen 
  • Breeding soundness examinations
  • Endometrial biopsy evaluation, interpretation and management recommendations
  • Oocyte aspiration for ICSI
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Oviductal treatments
  • Boarding facility for broodmare management
  • Fetal sexing throughout gestation (after 54 days)
  • Pregnancy evaluation throughout gestation

Full-Service Embryo Transfer Program

  • Embryo collection can typically be completed from day 6.5 to day 8 post ovulation
  • Embryo transfers performed on fresh, transported or frozen embryos
  • Over 300 carefully selected recipients are housed at our facility
  • Embryos can be frozen and thawed on-site and shipped to or from our facility

Stallion Services

  • Select Breeders Services, Inc., an affiliate member
  • Stallion reproductive evaluation for pre-purchase, subfertility, pre-season and insurance purposes
  • USDA-approved facilities for collecting, storing and shipping semen for exportation to Australia/New Zealand, European Union, the Middle East and South America
  • Quarantine of stallions for semen export
  • Semen collection, evaluation and processing for fresh, cooled or frozen semen
  • Management of problem stallions
  • Cryopreservation of epididymal sperm
  • Semen morphology analysis and stallion breeding management consultation
  • Standing stallions commercially for domestic and international semen distribution

List of IVF Lab Services

  • Oocyte collection, commonly referred to as ovum pickup (OPU) or transvaginal aspiration (TVA)
  • Equine intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
  • Equine embryo transfer (ET) of in vitro produced (IVP) embryos into our recipient herd
  • Shipment of IVP embryos to outside ET stations
  • Embryo cryopreservation of small (<300 um) or large (>300 um) equine embryos
  • Equine embryo biopsy for preimplantation genetic testing (PGT)
  • Production of IVP embryos for export
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