The Staff at Equibreed NZ Ltd

The Veterinary Team

Lee Morris BVSc DVSc DipACT, Registered Specialist in Veterinary Reproduction

Lee graduated from The University of Sydney in 1992 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. After 2 years in rural veterinary practice in northern NSW, Australia she undertook a 3-year residency programme in Theriogenology at the University of Guelph in Canada during which time she also became a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 1997, and then graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Science in 1998. Lee is also a Registered Specialist in Veterinary Reproduction in Australasia.

In 2004, Lee was elected onto the committee for the International Symposium of Equine Reproduction. Lee has been honored as an Honarary Associate of The University of Sydney (Australia) and an Honorary Lecturer at The University of Waikato (NZ) in recognition of her contribution to research at both institutions. Her DVSc thesis work encompassed in vitro studies (IVF) on the production of embryos and the assessment of male fertility.

From 1998 to 2001 Lee was employed as the Senior Veterinary Research Scientist at the Equine Fertility Unit in Newmarket (UK) where she worked with Professor Twink Allen and developed the hysteroscopic (low dose) insemination procedure for horses.

In 2001 Lee was the Senior Registrar at The University of Sydney from where she provided clinical reproductive services for horses and dogs and conducted research into sex-sorted semen. Lee is also the Australasian consultant to XY Inc. (USA) for research into sex- preselection of stallion sperm and has collaborated with Prof. Ed. Squires, Colorado State University.

Lee has been in New Zealand since 2002 and is now the Specialist Equine Reproduction veterinarian at EquiBreed Ltd and a consultant to Glenbred canine artificial breeding services. She has also lectured and provided clinical tuition to veterinary students at The University of Guelph (Canada), Cambridge University (UK) and The University of Sydney (Australia).

Lee has also been the Industry supervisor of an MSc thesis (Waikato University, New Zealand) and a PhD thesis (The University of Sydney, Australia). She has published peer-reviewed scientific papers and has presented her research internationally. She has chapters in press in the Veterinary Clinics of North America and the textbook on Equine Reproduction edited by Samper, Pycock and McKinnon. Lee co-organised the Havemeyer Foundation Workshop in New Orleans in 2001 entitled “From Epididymis to Embryo” and the NZ Sport Horse Foundation Breeders seminar in 2003. Her special interests include artificial insemination (AI), embryo transfer (ET), epididymal spermatozoa, hysteroscopy, equine laparoscopy, semen freezing technology, sex-sorted semen and challenging cases of mare or stallion infertility. Lee provides referral consultancy services to equine vet clinics in New Zealand, SCEC Pty Ltd and EquiBreed OZ in Australia.

The EquiBreed NZ Ltd team

Office administration: Paula Smith runs our office. Paula will sort out your queries and point you in the right direction!

Paula is a  Thoroughbred breeder and has a wealth of knowledge in the breeding world. Paula is in the office on Mondays and Fridays during the season. Please feel free to contact us for information about EquiBreed NZ Ltd and how we can help you breed your next champion! If you need to contact us outside of these hours then feel free to call Dr Lee Morris on 021 421 744 or leave a message on the office phone. Topsy will be back on Wednesdays from November until February.

Laboratory manager: Jody Blomfield BSc(Tech), MSc(Hons) studied cheetah reproduction for her BSc and for her MSc she studied the effects of antioxidant dietary supplementation on stallion fertility parameters. Jody is also a qualified Western judge for the NZ Western Riding Federation. Jody can handle stallions, freeze semen and keep everyone organised - contact Jody for your stallion semen requests.

Darwin the epididymal foal produced at EquiBreed NZ as part of a MSc thesis for Cleo Beattie.

Stud manager: Emma Taylor BSc (Hons) graduated from the University of Aberystwyth, Wales, UK in 2010 after majoring in equine reproduction. Emma has worked in dressage stables in Sweden and then at Stallion AI Services (UK) from 2010 - 2013. She has previously worked at EquiBreed and also in the Thoroughbred industry. She has decided EquiBreed is the place for her and will look after your mares, stallions and foals, your paperwork and us! Emma applies that well respected English attention to detail when she looks after your horses. Welcome back Emma!

Colleagues of EquiBreed NZ

Dr Nicole Hoffman (GERMANY) worked with us during the 2008/9 season as our semen lab manager and then as our stallion vet in 2009/10. Nicole completed her Doctorate in semen freezing at Celle National Stud in Germany. She now owns an equine reproduction veterinary practice in Germany.

Dr Amber Clutton Brock (UK) worked with us during the 2009/10 season as our embryo transfer veterinarian. Amber had worked with Prof. Twink Allen in the UK and also in Argentina perfecting embryo transfer techniques. Amber now owns an equine reproduction veterinary practice in the UK.

Dr James Crabtree (UK) worked with us during the 2010/11 season. James is a partner in an equine veterinary practice in the UK and his special interest in tricky reproductive cases was of great value to us.

Dr Sandra Wilsher (UK) worked with us during the 2010/11 season. Sandra is an embryologist and was our post doctoral research manager. Her skills in advanced reproductive techniques and her interest in pregnancy loss and placental development value added to our services here.

Dr Shuji Peter Tazawa (Aus) visited us during the 2012/13 season. Pete has worked at Scone Equine Hospital in Australia and is about to open EquiBreed Oz in Australia. He is studying to become a specialist in equine reproduction. We wish him well.

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