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Equine Practice
Artificial insemination in horses
  1. Elaine Watson

    Elaine Watson qualified from Glasgow veterinary school in 1978 and in 1979 completed a Master of Veterinary Medicine. She worked at the MAFF Cattle Breeding Centre at Shinfield until 1982 when she moved to the Institute for Animal Disease Research at Compton. In 1987 she was awarded a PhD from the University of Bristol for her work on endometritis in the mare, and joined the University of Pennsylvania as an assistant professor in equine reproduction. Since 1991, she has been a senior lecturer and head of reproduction at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.


THE uptake and widespread acceptance of artificial insemination (Al) in horses has lagged behind that in other species. Most breed societies will now allow registration of progeny conceived by Al, but thoroughbreds produced by Al cannot be registered with Weatherbys. It is important that veterinary surgeons can perform these techniques successfully rather than allow lay personnel to offer what may be a less than adequate service to horse breeders.

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