Frozen Semen – storage, insemination and world wide shipping available working in collaboration with Dinu Catilina DVM Cert AVP MRCVS at Prime Vets Chesterfield.
A very exciting addition to our services in 2021 we shall be working with one of the UK’s most prestige vets in reproduction. We have worked closely with Dinu for some time so to now be working collaboratively with the frozen semen practices means between the two properties we can offer frozen semen services across the whole of the North of the UK. With semen drawn and frozen here with us, shipping will be arranged for your collection to be permanently stored at our collective facility at Prime Veterinary Practice Chesterfield. Your collection is then a phone call away should you wish to ship to your clients worldwide. Both Dinu’s success rate and reputation in the repro industry speaks for itself so to be able to offer this joined up approach to frozen semen services to our clients is very exciting for us.
We can’t wait to see the first litters born from our collaboration.
Why use frozen semen?
Frozen semen is very important to owners of special male dogs. By storing frozen semen, multiple matings can be accomplished from a single collection.
The fertility of each mating can be maximised as the exact timing of the insemination within the females cycle is possible and it is also possible to mate more than one female at once, a major limitation with natural breedings.
Shipping of semen around the world means neither male nor female need travel and means storage with the receiver has no life span as there is with chilled semen.
Preservation of semen from young, healthy males assures a reproductive future before old age, illness etc makes reproduction impossible.
By progesterone testing with us in advance of TCI (transcervical insemination) mating with Dinu at Prime, the optimum fertility rates can be achieved. Frozen Semen Appointments, how do they work? Your dog is physically examined prior to collection. The semen is then collected and evaluated. Semen is evaluated for morphology and concentration. Our findings are discussed with you and reported on certificate. Once we have these findings we can advise whether the semen is adequate quality to be frozen. If these examinations are satisfactory and the semen is good to excellent quality, we can freeze and then ship to store the semen at the time of the initial evaluation. A teaser female in season is not required but is most helpful in stimulating young, inexperienced males.
Semen is frozen in pellets the size of small peas which are stored in vials in liquid nitrogen. After the freezing procedure is completed, a single pellet is thawed and evaluated for motility. Once the post-thaw motility is determined the actual number of effective doses is known. We can then advise the owner on an estimate to the number of breedings possible from the collection. Typically 1-4 breedings should be expected but more than 10 are possible. Once the semen is collected and frozen it is stored in liquid nitrogen for long term preservation at Prime Vets in Chesterfield.
Semen can be stored indefinitely and will usually maintain the same post thaw characteristics as the sample pellet which is examined during the procedure. Discounts are available for more than one collection on the same dog.