UK to Host International Symposium on Equine Reproduction

Equine reproduction specialists from around the world will convene in Lexington July 26-30 for the 10th International Symposium on Equine Reproduction (ISER X). The University of Kentucky will host the prestigious invitation-only meeting, held every four years.

"This meeting has a history of providing some of the most cutting-edge research results in equine reproduction. It's generally at this meeting the latest information on equine reproduction is presented, which eventually results in new techniques being used in the industry in mares and stallions," said Ed Squires, international chairman of the International Equine Reproduction Symposium Committee (IERSC), the organizing body of ISER. Squires is also the executive director of the UK Gluck Equine Research Foundation and the director of advancement and industry relations at the Gluck Center.

The first ISER meeting was in Cambridge, United Kingdom, in July 1974. The purpose of the meeting was to provide a forum for biologists and veterinarians interested in equine reproduction to exchange and argue their views; to review the current state of knowledge of the subject; to produce guidelines for future research; and to foster international friendship and collaboration.

Today, the meeting continues to bring together scientists and veterinarians from around the world and it provides a forum for exchange of information on clinical and basic research aspects of equine reproduction. The meeting covers experimental or clinical research in four areas: the non-pregnant mare, stallions, conception and early development, and the pregnant mare and perinatology.

The symposium will feature 164 short communications displayed via poster presentation. The proceedings of ISER X will be published as extended abst

racts in a supplement of the journal Animal Reproduction Science.

ISER Programs Open to Public

Though ISER is by invitation only, there are two one-day meetings open to the public: a Practitioner Day program July 25 and a Farm Managers Day program July 31.

The Practitioner Day program is from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at Seay Auditorium in UK's Agricultural Science Center North. Eleven speakers will cover topics geared toward equine practitioners including, but not limited to, infertility in stallions, hormonal therapy in mares, early pregnancy, frozen semen, and a placentitis update. Registration for the Practitioner Day is $250. A registration form is available at

The Farm Managers Day is a complementary program from 8 a.m. to noon at Seay Auditorium.

The program will be presented by international authorities in equine reproduction and will provide a brief overview of the four sections of the ISER scientific meeting. It is geared toward farm owners, managers, or anyone with a general interest in the latest findings in equine reproduction. An RSVP is recommended at

Jenny Blandford is the Gluck Equine Research Foundation Assistant at the Gluck Center.

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