The Baby Vets: Making Babies

The world is full of fertility specialists helping humans to get pregnant. But when horse owners run into difficulties with fertility issues, there are very few experts available. Dr. Claire Plante, DVM, is an obstetric/gynecologic specialist and is the only veterinarian in Ontario certified by the Canadian Embryo Transfer Association for equine embryos. Dr. Plante and her partner, Dr. Daniel Jou, DVM, have focussed their energies and expertise on horse reproduction services for the past seven years at their laboratory/stable facility, Plante Veterinary Services, near Guelph, ON. Horses can face all the same problems with fertility as people. Stallions can have low sperm counts; mares may have problems with ovulation, conception, and maintaining pregnancy. These issues can become a major roadblock for horse owners and breeders who want to continue a winning bloodline. Drs. Plante and Jou work with all breeds – Thoroughbred and Standardbred race horses, warmbloods, and even…

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