The Theriogenology Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals provides reproductive medicine services for horses including breeding management, assisted reproductive techniques, semen freezing and supervision of high-risk pregnancies and foaling, as well as medical and surgical treatment for conditions related to the reproductive system. Our staff includes two board-certified veterinarians who collaborate with other veterinarians across the Northeast .
We offer the latest diagnostic, treatment and reproductive medicine techniques and we provide emergency services and hospitalization in a state-of-the-art facility. Our hospital provides access to a broad range of specialists including anesthesiologists, radiologists and soft tissue surgeons to ensure our patients received the most comprehensive care possible. And our experienced staff provides nursing care 24 hours a day.
IMPORTANT: In 2023, we are undergoing construction at the Equine Park. During this time, our Reproductive Medicine Clinical services will be performed at the Equine Hospital on the main Cornell campus. At the Equine Hospital, we will continue doing Foaling Management, Mare Breeding Management and some Assisted Reproduction work such as Embryo Transfer but we cannot safely use our breeding shed to work with stallions in 2023.
All clients should call the front office at 607.253.3100 to learn what services we are offering and to set up appointments.
- Embryo transfer
- Transvaginal oocyte recovery
- Semen collection from stallions for evaluation, shipment or cryopreservation
- Surgery related to the reproductive tract, torn cervix, laceration after foaling, uro vagina.
- Management of twinning
Reproductive Medicine: Medical Conditions
We provide full service medical and surgical treatment for all conditions of the reproductive tract of males and females, including:
- Breeding soundness examination and investigation of infertility of male and female animal
- Breeding management of mares, using fresh or frozen semen
- Semen collection from stallions for evaluation, shipment or cryopreservation (freezing)
- Supervised foaling of mares
- Advanced reproductive technologies such as embryo transfer
- Obstetrical complications
- Reproductive tract surgery
What to Expect During Your Appointment
Your scheduled visit to the Theriogenology Service at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals begins when you pull up to the circular driveway in front of the Large Animal Hospital. Please park your vehicle in the driveway, come into the reception area and check in at the front desk. After a small amount of paperwork, a technician or student will help you unload and walk your horse to its assigned stall.
Often times, you may leave your vehicle and trailer right in the driveway. If the lot is full, the receptionist will provide you with a parking pass and directions to nearby longer-term parking, where overnight parking for trucks and trailers is also available.
After your vehicle is parked, a technician and student will work together to conduct an examination of your horse and ask you questions about the animal's past medical, surgical, travel, vaccination and worming history and current health. The student will leave to report their findings to a resident or faculty member.
The resident or faculty member will return with the student to perform a second comprehensive examination that will include a discussion of their findings. This evaluation will take about an hour. We appreciate your patience and understanding in allowing our veterinarians-in-training to interact with you and your animal.
Working together, we will discuss the diagnosis and develop a treatment plan for your horse. Patients that require surgery or advanced tests will often be admitted to the hospital at the conclusion of their initial appointment. Patients that do not require hospitalization will be discharged with detailed written instructions and a summary of the exam findings. A copy will be faxed to your veterinarian.
American College of Theriogenologists
A non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and competence in theriogenology, or animal reproduction.