Equine Theriogenology

About the Service

The Equine Theriogenology service provides care and management of all aspects of assisted equine reproduction. The service operates at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Equine Reproduction Center. While the breeding season from January to August is the most active time of year, appointments can be made for your horse year-round.

For more information, contact our team by calling the front desk at (334) 844-4490 to request a client information brochure or to speak with a specialist, or by emailing stallions@vetmed.auburn.edu

What We Do

The James W. Goodwin and Joy Goodwin Adams Equine Reproduction Center (ERC), located at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, focuses on serving clients through both routine breeding work as well as reproductive referral cases. The Equine Reproduction Center is equipped with an indoor breeding shed and phantom, separate mare and stallion stabling areas, a computer-assisted sperm motility analyzer (CASA) system, the FoAlert® birth monitoring system, and state-of-the-art ultrasonography equipment.

Services include, but are not limited to, the following:

Stallion Services:

  • Semen collection and shipment
  • Semen cryopreservation (freezing)
  • Breeding soundness examinations
  • Evaluation and treatment of sub-fertile stallions
  • Training to phantom
  • Standing/management of stallion for breeding season

Mare Services:

  • Routine cycle and breeding management
    • Natural cover or insemination with fresh semen
    • Insemination with cooled-shipped semen
    • Deep horn insemination with frozen semen
  • Breeding soundness examinations
    • Endometrial culture and cytology
    • Endometrial biopsy
  • Advanced reproductive procedures
    • Embryo flush and shipment (recipient mares not on premises)
    • Transvaginal oocyte aspiration (TVA) for in-vitro embryo production
  • Foaling services for both normal and high-risk pregnant mares
    • FoAlert® birth monitoring system
    • Veterinary assistance available at the time of foal delivery
    • Observation, assistance provided to the foal for standing and nursing

Services for Veterinarians:

  • Endometrial biopsy service: interpretation and clinical consultation

Who We Are

The Equine Theriogenology service is composed of three faculty who are board-certified specialists in veterinary reproduction that work exclusively on the equine and companion animal reproduction services. Additionally, the service has two resident veterinarians who are training to become specialists. The service has two dedicated veterinary technicians who assist the veterinarians and senior level veterinary students in managing the service.

Stallion Services

The Center offers stallion services including collection for semen processing and shipping, stallion training, and stallion management for the breeding season. When select client-owned stallions stand at Auburn University, the faculty and staff manage all aspects of the semen collection and shipping process including primary contact with mare owners to ensure the shipment arrives on time. The staff at the ERC are in communication with the stallion owner and semen is shipped only when a breeding contract is confirmed. Semen cryopreservation (freezing) is also offered and can be performed during a short visit or anytime during the breeding season while the stallion is standing at Auburn. For pricing and booking information, contact the Large Animal Teaching Hospital front desk at (334) 844-4490 or email stallions@vetmed.auburn.edu.

Faculty/Specialists

Aime Johnson, DVM, DACT

Candace Lyman, DVM, DACT

Robyn Wilborn, DVM, MS, DACT

Residents

Peyton Draheim, DVM

Dr. Peyton Draheim received her DVM from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee in 2019. She then went on to complete an equine internship at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Wellington, Florida.

Email address: pzd0033@auburn.edu

Giuliana Gianino, DVM

Dr. Giuliana Gianino graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2020 earning her DVM with an equine species emphasis. She then completed an internship in Comparative Theriogenology at Iowa State University (2021) before joining Auburn University (2021-2024) where she is working towards completion of a Residency in Theriogenology (equine and canine emphasis) and Master’s degree. Her primary clinical and research interests are broodmare management, reproductive ultrasound across species, and veterinary genetics.

Email address: gmg0055@auburn.edu

 Veterinary Support Staff

Marti McCoy

Brittany Tipton
Brittany Tipton, MS