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Season 3, Episode 4 - Equine reproduction

Updated: Oct 4, 2023


All the important links, repro news and guest bios from this month's episode


Dr Mandi De Mestre

Mandi graduated from the University of Sydney in 1998 with a First Class Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Her interest in research begun as a veterinary student during which time she spent two summers in the U.S.A in the laboratories of Professor Douglas Antczak (Cornell University) and Dr. Craig Altier (North Carolina State University) working on projects in the fields of equine genomics and reproduction. Following graduation, she worked as a veterinarian in equine specialist practice in Scone, Australia and Newmarket, United Kingdom furthering her interest in equine reproduction and neonatology.

In 2001, Mandi started a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, whilst continuing work part-time as an equine veterinarian. In 2005, she was the recipient of the 2006 Frank Fenner Medal and Dewar Milne Prize in Immunology awarded by the JCSMR for her PhD work. In 2005, Mandi returned to Cornell as a Post-doctoral research associate in the laboratory of Professor Douglas Antczak working on differentiation of placental trophoblast cells and regulation of immunity during pregnancy in the horse. Mandi joined the Royal Veterinary College as a Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences in 2007. Her current research interests combine her clinical training in reproduction and neonatology with her scientific background in the field of placental function and immunology. Her research is currently funded by HBLB, Thoroughbred Breeders Association, and Alborada Trust. In 2015 she was the recipeint of the Society of Reprouction and Fertility New Investigator Award for her research achievements. She currently is an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Reproduction and a member of the International Symposium of Equine Reproduction Committee (2016-2024) and on Council for the Society for Reproduction and Fertility (2018-present).


Repro News

Fun Fact

Climate change and sex determination in reptiles

Upcoming conferences and abstract deadlines

1st European Symposium on Animal Reproduction

21st - 23rd September 2023, Nantes, France

Abstract submissions closed, registrations open


7th - 10th September, Adelaide, Australia

Abstract submissions closed, registrations open

Upcoming training

BredWell FedWell MLA Workshops

Workshops held at various locations for all sheep types, southern cattle and northern cattle production systems

International Society for Equine Reproduction Webinars

Online webinars for equine veterinarians related to various aspects of reproduction

Upcoming awards and grants

Twink Allen Travel Fellowship for Equine Reproduction Research

Applications can be submitted at any time

ESHRE Grant for Research in Reproductive Medicine

Grants for 2024 open at the end of 2023, check website for details

Paper of the month


Can't get enough? Check out these links for more:

Did you miss the paper on successful IVF in the horse? Check it out here!

For more on aneuploidy in horse embryos, have a read of Mandi's recent paper.


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