A world leader in developing and implementing new techniques for embryo transfer
Boviteq offers reproductive and genetic solutions to North American clients from its world-class In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) labs in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec and Madison, Wisconsin.
Working with donor cows at the Boviteq facility or with Accredited OPU (Ovum Pick Up) centres, clients can take advantage of Boviteq's innovative reproductive technologies. “Our goal is to make available a range of options to enable breeders to optimize the reproductive career of their elite animals and manage the genetic advancement of their herds,” explains Boviteq's Director of Embryo Operations and R&D, Dr. Patrick Blondin, Ph.D.
As Semex’s Vice-President, Embryos, Melissa leads Semex’s Embryo Teams within Boviteq.
Well-known in the dairy industry, Melissa joined Semex in May 2012 as a Sales & Product Specialist working closely with the both the Embryo and Product Support Teams, and for many years acted as the Embryo Program Manager for Semex/Boviteq working closely with our Sales, Export and Product Development Teams.
Additionally, Melissa is fully bilingual in English and French, and is co-owner of the accomplished Lencrest Jerseys in Coaticook, Quebec, Canada. Located at the Boviteq headquarters in Saint-Hyacinthe, Melissa brings grassroots knowledge of genetic advancement strategies to Semex and the Boviteq Team.
Christian Vigneault, Semex’s Director, Continuous Improvement, obtained a BSc in Biochemistry at Laval University in 2001, followed by his MSc and PhD in Animal Science specializing in gene expression in bovine in vitro produced embryos.
He began an industrial postdoctoral internship at Boviteq in 2007, with the goal of creating a new IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) system to produce freezable IVF bovine embryos. Following the successful implementation of that new IVF system, he was hired into a research and development position at Boviteq, working on the development of a suite of media that would allow for the movement of oocytes and embryos through couriers.
This research allowed Boviteq to expand activities through satellite locations in Canada in 2012. In 2013, Christian moved to Madison, Wisconsin to launch Boviteq in the US. He returned to Canada to supervise Semex’s Research & Development Team and was assigned to lead the semen research in 2014.
Christian also led a team that researched, investigated and diagnosed Semex’s fertility position in 2016, leading to the Fertility First™ protocols and campaign that launched in 2018. His current position as Director, Continuous Improvement, specializes in ensuring each department within Semex’s laboratory and research teams are working harmoniously and reaching their absolute fullest potential.