The RVC equine practice team offers a comprehensive service that encompasses all aspects of stud medicine, ranging from the management of thoroughbred studs to the care of the individual mare at home.

Artificial Insemination

The RVC equine practice is a British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) accredited centre for both chilled and frozen artificial insemination (AI), and our experienced vets can guide you through and manage the entire process.

Artificial insemination is an increasingly popular area of equine stud medicine as it allows a greater choice of stallions from around the world, with more convenience and safety for your mare.

AI with chilled semen can be carried out on your own yard, including all the preparatory checks and scans to ensure your mare is close to ovulation and so ready to be inseminated.

Using frozen semen is a more involved process, due to the more fragile nature of the semen, and the point of insemination needs to be very carefully coordinated with the time of ovulation to give the best chance of conception. The frozen semen must also be stored in specialised liquid nitrogen storage tanks until the point of insemination. It is for these reasons that, for AI with frozen semen, the mare needs to be admitted to our hospital for preparation and insemination, where she can be closely monitored and examined 24 hours a day until after insemination has occurred.

Our comprehensive fixed price plans include:

  • Initial examination and ultrasound scan to assess stage of cycle
  • One prostaglandin injection if required
  • Ultrasound scans during one oestrus cycle up to ovulation and immediately post-ovulation
  • One Ovulating agent to ensure ovulation
  • Semen storage (frozen), handling and assessment
  • Insemination
  • Oxytocin as required
  • One post-insemination uterine lavage, including 1 litre saline and antibiotics, as required.
  • 15 and 30 day pregnancy scans
  • Treatment of twinning if required (not including extra medications)
  • Up to seven days livery

Terms and Conditions

Artificial Insemination Packages 

To include:

  • Initial examination and u/s scan to assess stage of cycle
  • One prostaglandin injection if required
  • U/S scans during one oestrus cycle up to ovulation and one immediately post-ovulation
  • One Ovulation Induction agent
  • Semen storage, handling and assessment
  • Insemination
  • Oxytocin as required
  • One post-insemination uterine lavage (if required) including 1 litre saline and antibiotics
  • 15 and 30 day pregnancy scans
  • Management of twin pregnancies if required
  • Up to seven days livery

Not included:

  • Sedation
  • Visit fees
  • Tests for CEM, EVA or EIA
  • Uterine swabs
  • Investigation or treatment of infertility e.g. Uterine biopsy or Caslicks
  • Treatment of endometritis/excessive fluid
  • Regumate
  • Treatment for twins
  • Transportation of semen
  • PD scans after 30 days
  • Livery over seven days
  • Treatment of foaling and foal associated problems
  • Treatment of any illness or injury to the mare or foal.

Terms and Conditions

The Royal Veterinary College reserves the right to provide any veterinary treatment they consider necessary for the welfare of mare and foal and to charge owners accordingly. In the event of an emergency we will attempt to contact the owner prior to treatment, but if this is not possible we will administer the treatment we consider most appropriate.

The veterinary fees for all fixed price packages and any additional veterinary treatment are payable before the mare leaves. Mares will not be allowed to leave before payment is made in full.

No changes will be made to the contract once the mare has been admitted to the clinic.

All mares are inseminated at the owner’s risk, and RVC does not accept any liability for injury or damage to any mare howsoever caused.

All frozen semen stored by RVC is stored at the owner’s risk and no liability is accepted for any damage or loss of semen. Whilst every effort will be made to coordinate the correct ordering and delivery of chilled semen, RVC accepts no responsibility for failure of availability or arrival of semen.

All mares should travel with their passport.

Termination

The Royal Veterinary College reserves the right to terminate this agreement if we believe or have reason to believe that:

  • It would not be in the welfare interest of the mare to continue.
  • The mare or foal poses an unacceptable risk to other horses or to handlers.
  • The terms of the agreement as detailed above have not been complied with.

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