At Oakham Veterinary Hospital we offer a specialised Equine Stud Medicine service. We are a BEVA approved practice for Artificial Insemination and a DEFRA approved centre for collection, storage and distribution of fresh, chilled and frozen semen.

The 2017 season has been our busiest ever at the stud with a 27% increase on 2016 figures taking the total number of mares inseminated to 80. These 80 mares were inseminated using semen from over 55 different stallions which arrived from studs throughout the UK and Europe.

Our excellent working relationships with semen agents such as The Stallion Company and Elite Stallions mean that we have access to fresh, chilled and frozen semen from some of the very best competition stallions in the world. We continued our excellent success rate with frozen semen, achieving overall conception rates over 70%.

Our foaling service remains popular with 17 colts and 9 fillies born on site between March and June. If you are thinking of sending your mare to us next year please book in early as spaces are limited.

Our services

AI with fresh, chilled or frozen semen

  • Excellent conception rates
  • Deep Uterine Insemination
  • Dedicated mare stocks and examination area with diagnostic ultrasound

Semen collection from Resident and Visiting Stallions

  • Dedicated laboratory for semen analysis
  • Stallion accommodation and turnout facilities. Semen collection area with dummy mare and adjacent stable for teasing.

Stallion Fertility Assessment

  • Semen analysis for Density and Motility
  • Sperm Morphology

Pre-breeding screening/examinations

  • Swabs for Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM)
  • Blood Samples for Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA) and Equine Infectious Anaemia (Coggins)
  • Ultrasound Examination of Reproductive System
  • Endometrial Biopsies

Semen Freezing and storage facilities

  • Packages can be tailored to suit owner's requirements
  • Stallions can ‘bank' semen during a quiet period in competitive schedule

Foaling Service

  • Designated foaling boxes with CCTV cameras
  • Neonatal care facilities
  • Mare and Foal stabling and safe individual and group paddocks
  • Vets on site should any problems arise during birth

Embryo Transfer and transported embryo service

  • Donor mare can produce multiple foals per year
  • Embryo Transfer can be used to overcome uterus based fertility problems
  • Transported embryo success rates are comparable to those where the embryo is inseminated immediately post flush
  • Donor mare can continue competing during process


For more information contact:

Matt Hecking, Stud Manager at Oakham Veterinary Hospital,
01572 722647 or 07976 822903
Ashwell Road, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7QH