Dr Juan Cuervo-Arango Lecina

PhD MSc CertVRep Dipl. ECAR (Equine)
European Veterinary Specialist in Animal Reproduction
Member of European College of Animal Reproduction

Licenciated in Veterinary Medicine in Murcia (Spain) in 2003, Juan did his MSc in Equine Science in the University of Edinburgh in 2006.
After completing his Residency in Equine Theriogenology in the Royal Veterinary College, University of London 2008, he became a Diplomate European College of Animal Reproduction (Equine) in 2009.

Juan finalized his PhD in 2010 in the University of Helsinki and is currently Assistant Professor in Equine Reproduction at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, The Netherlands – a world leading equine reproduction centre.

We are thrilled that Juan is joining Central West Equine for our breeding season. David is passionate about his own professional development and that of the clinic staff so this presents a great opportunity for David and Ben to collaborate on cases and expand their own knowledge.

It is a great opportunity for our clients to take advantage of Juan’s wealth of experience in the research and clinical fields including breeding management of mares, anovulatory disorders, embryo transfer and ovum pick-up in mares, among others.

Juan has published over 50 articles on equine reproduction in international indexed JCR journals and we are super excited to have his wealth of knowledge and experience working closely with our team for the next 6 months.

Outside of equine reproduction, Juan is a keen athlete who enjoys both road bike and mountain bike riding and swimming.  We hope we can give him the opportunity to enjoy some of the great attractions of offer in our region.

Equilume Update

Click the Equilume Update heading to watch David’s Video!

Dolly’s Dream – Dreaming Under The Stars

Charity Auction – 1st June 2018:  Embryo Transfer Package

Many of the staff and clients of Central West Equine have children, know children or have contact with young people in some way and so the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Amy “Dolly” Everett has hit very close to home.
We have chosen to support the Dolly’s Dream charity in their work towards creating positive change and help prevent the lives of other children being lost by donating an embryo transfer procedure to the charity auction at Dreaming Under The Stars.
This event will be held on the 1st of June 2018 at the Katherine Showground in the Northern Territory.  While this is a long way from New South Wales, the embryo transfer procedure is open to anyone and phone bidding is available on the night.

For more information on phone bidding please register for a bid card with Caila Simpson from Elders in Katherine on (08) 8972 2500.

The successful bidder will receive a recipient mare on lease, 45 days pregnant carrying an embryo created with the mare and stallion of their choice – typically worth $6,000.  So, if you are considering breeding this season this is a great way secure your embryo procedure and support this very worthy cause.  Even if your bid is unsuccessful – you will have helped to boost the bidding, increasing the donation amount for this admirable program.

For the specific inclusions/exclusions of the package being auctioned please click here.

Amy “Dolly” Everett was the victim of bullying and ended her young life at just 14 years of age. Dolly’s Dream has been established by her family and friends in her memory.
Dolly’s Dream will work to create positive change and help prevent the lives of other children being lost, and act as a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

For more information about the Dreaming Under The Stars event – contact Raine Holcombe on 0429750856.

For more information on Dolly’s Dream, find them on Facebook or email fundraise@dollysdream.org.au

Equilume Light Masks

Sick of cleaning stables and paying the huge electricity and feed bills when you stable your horse under lights? We now have a solution: Equilume Light Masks!

They work by using a low level of blue light to (in simple terms) trick the horse into thinking they are getting longer daylight hours, to inhibit hair growth, which gives you a year round Summer coat!

In recent years, this has been achieved by stabling the horse under lights, or clipping throughout Autumn and Winter. You now have a convenient solution- the mask is fully automated and can be left on in the paddock, or is easily removable for riding.

Or maybe you breeding a mare and want an early foal? Equilume can help with that too! Mares will begin to cycle earlier than they would without the mask. Horses are “long day breeders”, so will cycle in Spring and Summer. Equilume means you can kick start your breeding season and produce an early foal.

We were so impressed with them last year that we are now using them on our embryo transfer recipient mares, instead of putting them under lights as we have been previously.

The Equilume Light Mask ensures early reproductive activity for barren and maiden mares, reduces long gestation periods and increases average foal birth weights in early foaling mares. The huge advantage in management means the mares can stay in the paddock or yard 24 hours a day and the mask does the rest.

Other benefits of the light mask include:

  • Optimises stallion fertility early in the breeding season
  • Improves coat condition for competition horses or sales preparation
  • Permits outdoor maintenance for happier, healthier horses
  • Reduces stabling costs and injuries
  • Fully automated
  • Veterinary approved for optimum eye health

Equilume now have three different styles of masks available:

  • Belfield (Normal Design)
  • Curragh (Replaceable Cup)
  • Cashel (Rechargeable)

Frequently Asked Questions;

How they operate- The first time you use it, you must activate the light with the included wand at 4pm. The light will stay on for 7 hours, until 11pm. After the initial activation the mask is then automatic, until you deactivate it. It emits a low level blue light into the eye.

How long they will last- The original non rechargeable design lasts 5 months. The replaceable cup design lasts 4 months, and the rechargeable design lasts 55 charges, with each charge lasting 10 days.

How durable are they- We have found they wear really well and are very durable, even in paddock use. They come with a 90 day guarantee so if the horse breaks the mask or it is faulty, it is replaced.

Breeding mares- You put the mask on 90 days before you want to breed. We will be putting them on our embryo recipient mares on the 1st of July

We are NSW stockists and have masks in stock and ready for purchase- we can post them out too! Please contact the clinic for further information or to place an order.

For more information please call the office on (02) 6365 4363 or email office@centralwestequine.com.au

Hendra Update.

Hendra Vaccine Duration Of Immunity Increased To 12 Months.
The APVMA has just announced that the Hendra virus vaccine has now been approved to be delivered once every 12 months, following administration of the first two priming doses and a once-off, six-month booster. When interviewed by ABC News, EVA President Dr Ian Fulton said: “It was a good outcome for horse owners and will take pressure off veterinarians. We’ve known for some time that the duration of immunity scientifically would last 12 months and we knew that the documentation has been supplied to the regulatory authorities and we were just waiting for them to assess it.” AVA’s Hendra spokesperson, Dr Nathan Anthony agreed that the final approvals by the APVMA confirmed the vaccine’s safety, and said: “The APVMA have to consider safety as well as the effectiveness of any medication that they register and this announcement from the APVMA is further endorsement.”