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Embryo Transfer Services is a bovine embryo transfer practice located in Richmond, Indiana, in east central Indiana.  The practice is owned and operated by Dr. Anthony R. Dalessandro, a veterinarian who has been involved in the embryo transfer field for nearly 30 years.  Upon graduation from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981 Dr. Dalessandro went to work for Select Embryos, Inc in Plain City, Ohio, a large commercial bovine embryo transfer company.  While at SEI Dr. Dalessandro became proficient at all aspects of embryo transfer, donor stimulation, embryo collection, embryo evaluation, recipient management, synchronization, embryo transfer, and cryopreservation (freezing).  Eventually, Dr. Dalessandro returned to the Ohio State University to study reproductive physiology.  While in graduate school Dr. Dalessandro had the opportunity to work with researchers at the Cincinnati Zoo and be involved in the embryo transfer program there.  At the zoo he performed embryo transfer procedures on several antelope species, cats, and rhinoceros.  All of these opportunities give Dr. Dalessandro a unique perspective when it comes to the field of bovine embryo transfer.  In 1990 Dr. Dalessandro moved to his current location in Richmond, Indiana, where he began operating Embryo Transfer Services. 


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CERTIFICATION

On April 9, 1990 Dr. Dalessandro became certified by the American Embryo Transfer Association (AETA).  In order to become certified by the AETA the practitioner must first possess a degree in veterinary medicine or a PhD.  The doctor must also perform a minimum of 250 embryo transfers in the previous year.  If these qualifications are met the doctor is eligible to sit for the exam administered by the organization.  The exam consists of seven parts:  (1) record keeping; (2) superovulation; (3) embryo recovery; (4) embryo handling; (5) labeling; (6)transfer through pregnancy determination; and (7) embryo identification.  In order to pass the examination the candidate must receive at least a 75% grade on all examination sections.  Once certified the practitioner is required to obtain 30 approved continuing education credits over the next three year period or he must retake the certification exam.

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