University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Ultrasound and Embryo Transfer Workshops

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine is conducting ultrasound and embryo transfer workshops in tandem from May 11 to 17, 2013.

The workshops will provide essential knowledge and hands-on experience for veterinary practitioners, research scientists and graduate students. Participants may register for one or both of the workshops.

Ultrasound Workshop

The Ultrasound Workshop is a three-day course involving lectures and wet labs. The workshop will cover the following topics:

Half of each day will be devoted to hands-on training with tissues and live animals (dogs, cats, cattle and horses). Demonstrations will include ultrasound-guided aspiration techniques, fetal sex diagnosis, transvaginal oocyte aspiration (OPU) and Doppler imaging.

Ultrasound equipment will be provided, but participants are free to bring and use their own equipment. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own images to add to our discussions.

Instructors: Drs. Gregg Adams, Jaswant Singh and James Montgomery

Embryo Transfer Workshop

The Embryo Transfer Workshop is a five-day course (the last day of the ultrasound workshop is the first day of the embryo transfer workshop) involving lectures and wet labs that will cover the following topics: 

In addition, techniques related to the direct transfer and vitrification of bovine embryos will be taught. Discussions will address regulatory issues, import/export, and certification by the Canadian Embryo Transfer Association and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Participants will spend more than 30 hours in the laboratory developing their skills in ultrasonography, embryo collection and transfer, embryo evaluation and cryopreservation.

Instructors: Drs. Reuben Mapletoft, Gregg Adams and Jaswant Singh


Participants may register on a per-day or per-workshop basis.

For those interested in advanced training in ultrasound-guided ovum pick-up (OPU), a half-day session will be held during the morning of May 14 for ultrasound workshop registrants and during the morning of May 18 for embryo transfer registrants. The fee will be an additional $300.


Contact Information

For more information about the workshops, please contact: