Wellington, FL – March 18, 2022 – Palm Beach Equine Clinic (PBEC) is excited to announce a new partnership with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute (HEMI), one of the leading equine medical centers in advanced reproductive medicine. Through the partnership, equine reproductive specialists will work collaboratively with the team at PBEC to expand upon the traditional services currently being offered.

While Dr. Justin McNaughten and Dr. Robert Smith will lead the team in Wellington, Dr. Karen Wolfsdorf, Dr. Karen Von Dollen and Dr. Kristina Lu from HEMI will provide assistance with advanced reproductive services. Dr. McNaughten received his BVMS from the University of Glasgow, School of Veterinary Medicine in Glasgow, UK. After completing a fellowship and residency he became a board-certified theriogenologist working in early embryonic loss, mare infertility, and stallion behavior as well as general reproduction and assisted reproductive techniques. 

“It’s a new adventure using the equine reproductive specialists from HEMI to work collaboratively with Palm Beach Equine,” McNaughten commented. “The big thing is to tap into the more advanced artificial assisted reproductive techniques specifically for our sport horse and competition mares.” 

Dr. Wolfsdorf emphasized that the partnership between the two clinics helps to provide a streamlined approach to their equine patients throughout the year. “Horses travel, so when they move north, to Kentucky per se, they’ll get the continued specialized care. It may not be the same individual but as a team, there will be open communication,” she explained. 

Dr. Robert Smith searching for an embryo at PBEC. Photo courtesy of PBEC

One of the advanced services that will be incorporated into PBEC’s reproduction program is Transvaginal Aspiration (TVA) of the oocyte from the mare’s ovary. Oocytes are processed and shipped to a specialized Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) laboratory. The ICSI procedure involves the micro-injection of a single sperm cell into a mature oocyte to produce an embryo. Dr. Von Dollen explained, “Oocyte aspiration offers an opportunity to salvage the reproductive potential of subfertile mares or stallions. Furthermore, embryos can be produced without the need to interrupt a mare’s competition schedule for insemination and embryo flushing,” she added.

PBEC will offer both traditional and advanced reproduction and fertility services. Photo courtesy of PBEC

Palm Beach Equine Clinic will offer these new advanced techniques along with all of the traditional services whether at the equine hospital or in a private barn. With expert care and advanced practices, PBEC maximizes the likelihood of a successful pregnancy and to produce the talent of the future. 

To learn more about the routine and advanced reproductive services offered this season contact PBEC at 561-793-1599, HEMI 859-255-8741 or visit www.EquineClinic.com or www.Hagyard.com. Follow Palm Beach Equine Clinic and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute on Facebook and Instagram to see more about the clinic, its vets, and those they serve.