Reproduction Specialty Group - Tad Thompson, DVM
Reproduction Specialty Group - Tad Thompson, DVM Reproduction Specialty Group - Tad Thompson, DVM
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About Reproduction Specialty Group

While Reproduction Specialty Group has been in existence since July of 2012, Dr. Tad Thompson has been working to service the reproduction needs of the small ruminant industry for more than 8 years.  While in Veterinary School at Purdue University, Dr. Thompson first started developing his techniques in LAI & ET. During the development years, Dr. Thompson was blessed to have the opportunity to train under Dr. Dave Osborn in Australia. It was following the conclusion of this training that Dr. Thompson first began providing services to the small ruminant industries.  In 2007 JVCGenetics was formed as a division of a larger multi species veterinary practice where Dr. Thompson split his time between equine sports medicine and small ruminant reproduction. In July of 2012 it was clear that a greater commitment to the small ruminant industries was warranted, resulting in the creation of Reproduction Specialty Group. In the formation of RSG, Dr. Thompson has had the opportunity to bring his mentor, Dr. David Osborn on board for additional services in the busy season. This has been a great opportunity to grow with the best in the world.

Reproduction Specialty Group strives to provide its clients with professional services resulting in superior results.  We work with clients one on one to tailor our services to their program’s needs.  We can help, whether you need to freeze semen on your rams or want to find out if LAI or ET are right for the future of your flock. 

 


Dr. Tad Thompson - Veterinarian
Dr. Thompson has had a lifelong passion for the livestock industry.  He grew up with purebred Angus cattle on his dad’s farm in central Illinois.  His family relocated to Indiana when he was 5 and his path into the sheep industry began when he started 4-H and got his first Suffolk ewe.  Livestock is a family way of life and we joke that the Thompson’s had never taken a trip that was not livestock focused until 2010!

In the early 90’s Dr. Thompson was exposed to Laparoscopic Artificial Insemination when Purdue University hosted and LAI date for Dr. Dennis Gourley.  He was in high school and running a group of 50 purebred Suffolk ewes and very active in FFA.  Dr. Thompson graduated from Purdue in 1998 with a BS in Ag Economics, he took a job with John Deere working in the parts department of a local dealer.  He very quickly decided that working inside an office every day was not what he wanted for his long term future. 
Tad married Amanda Lamb (yes her maiden name was Lamb!) in 1999 and started the process to apply to veterinary school.  He graduated from Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine, having spent all his extra time in school working on learning the LAI and ET process.  One of the most influential pieces of his time in school came in the spring of 2006.  Tad spent 2 months working in Australia for AllStock Genetics, one of the pioneers of LAI and ET work in Australia.  Working every day with Dr. David Osborn and his crew was the best education possible for a veterinarian learning these processes. 

Upon coming home from Australia and graduating from Purdue Dr. Thompson pursued a year-long internship at Equine Services in Simpsonville, KY.   When that year was done, Tad, Amanda, and 2 year old Isaac came to Janssen Veterinary Clinic in Sheridan, IN.  While at JVC, Tad split his time between equine work and the growing business of small ruminant reproduction.  In 2008 Dr. Thompson built their first facility for embryo surgery.  During this time the Thompson family also grew with two more boys.  Thomas was born in 2007 and Jacob was born in 2010.  In July of 2012 Tad & Amanda decided that the small ruminant world was where their hearts really were Reproductive Specialty Group was born.  RSG is truly the realization of a dream that began a long time ago when a high school student watched a sheep being bred and said “I want to do that someday.” The Thompson’s also added a girl in February 2013, Isabella Grace is already ruling over her brothers!  With 4 kids and a growing business, Tad doesn’t have very much free time.  When he does, playing baseball with the boys and listening to good music top the list, especially if you can add friends and food cooked over an open fire to it. 

 

 

Caitlyn Keck - Head Veterinary Assistant/Embryologist
Caitlyn graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Animal Products and a minor in Biology.  After graduating from Purdue, Caitlyn worked at a large farrow-to-wean hog facility in central Indiana before coming to RSG in April of 2013. 

Caitlyn wears many hats at RSG. As the head Veterinary Assistant, she is responsible for overseeing the daily organization of the clinic including inventory management, surgical prep and packing. With Caitlyn’s high level of attention to detail and her education in biology Caitlyn has grown into the role of embryologist. Caitlyn has had the opportunity to learn from several of the best embryo technicians in the country. With her continued desire for education Caitlyn attended the annual International Embryo Transfer Society meeting and wet lab. This also gave her an opportunity to develop new techniques in embryo freezing and manipulation.

Caitlyn married her husband Logan in June of 2012.  They have three rescue dogs, Enzo, Shelby, and Maniitok, as well as 3 cats.  In her free time Caitlyn and Logan enjoy off roading in their jeep, and working on their new house together. She also enjoys taking walks with her dogs and reading. 

 

 

Amanda Thompson - Business Manager
Another Purdue graduate, Amanda received her BS degree in Agronomy in 1998.  After a quick office job that convinced her she didn’t want to sit behind a desk any more than her husband did, Amanda took a job with her father and brothers working on their central Indiana grain farm.  After marrying Tad in 1999 they lived in Lafayette, IN while he attended Veterinary School at Purdue, and she continued to work on the farm.  As time passed and kids arrived she moved from more in the field work to more accounting work in the office.  These days, although she misses the time running a tractor, Amanda is primarily doing office work for RSG and still manages to get in the family farm office one day a week.  Amanda also oversees the day to day management of donors and client animals in our barns. Amanda would much rather be out in the barns than in front of a computer!

 

 

Dr. David W Osborn - BSC BVMS
We welcomed Dr. David Osborn to the team at RSG for the first time back in 2013 when he came to assist during the busy summer breeding season. However, Tad, Amanda and he go back much further than that, as David was the one who provided Tad with the mentoring relationship when Tad was still in vet school and they moved to Australia to learn from the best! Fortunately, they have been able to continue that relationship today and look forward to each visit they get from their “Aussie” friend! We believe that our staff and all the clients he touches benefit greatly from his expertise every time he is here. Thankfully, with modern day technology, even when David is not physically onsite, we are still able to Skype with him on a regular basis to discuss important matters throughout the year. David always comments how much he loves the USA and working with the RSG clients and team and we feel the same about working with him as we look forward to his USA “vacations” when he comes to help us out every summer!

Veterinarian and director of AllStock NSW Pty Ltd Australia. Is widely regarded as a pioneer of Embryo Transfer and the Artificial breeding industry in Australia. David’s passion, aside from his family with 4 beautiful children, has always been Veterinary work, artificial breeding and the livestock sector. David has been involved in artificial breeding since 1985, beginning in Western Australia and then taking him all over Australia and the world doing artificial breeding work and teaching. Over his time David estimates he has personally Lap AI’d over 200,000 sheep and transferred a similar number of embryos.AllStock now has its primary facility on its 1500-acre property in Dubbo, New South Wales Australia. The facility consists of an internationally licensed semen and embryo centre, a live export facility, and a commercial farming operation. Here, AllStock collect and freeze semen and embryos for domestic and export use, carry out on-centre embryo transfer and run approx. 600 goats, 500 sheep and 100 cattle at any one time. AllStock also has a satellite centre further north in New South Wales at Armidale. Major projects that have been the turning point for the artificial breeding world wide involving David have been:

 “The Grange” 10,000 embryos transferred per year with ewes being flushed 6 times per year and taking the client from a new stud to one of Australia’s major players selling 2000 rams per year as well as semen and embryos.

 Fares and Emmanuel brothers doing laparoscopic AI on 30,000 and 100,000 ewes per annum respectively.

 Hassad food group – using embryo transfer to take a very small group of ewes into a nucleus flock of 20,000 animals in a 3-year period.

 

 

Debbi Cole - Office Manager
Tad had the pleasure of growing up working with and knowing Debbi’s family. Both families were actively involved in the sheep industry when they first met in 1988. From that point on the families worked together and traveled many miles together to go to sheep events. When Tad started vet school Debbi joked that she would come help run his office someday. Fortunately in March of 2014 all the pieces of the puzzle came together and the time was right for her to join our team.

Debbi lives on the Cole family farm and has been married to her husband, Jeff, for 38 years. They have 3 grown children.  Their daughter, Mandy Taulman, and her husband Mark live in Remington with her three grandchildren.  They also have two sons, Bart and Jeffrey.  Bart lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Morgan.  Jeffrey lives in Yorkville, IL.

The Cole’s experienced 23 years of raising purebred Hampshire sheep during the children’s tenure in 4-H.  She characterizes that as a 4-H project that got out of control as over the years they went from having 2 lambs during the 4-H season, to having a high of 50 some ewes plus lambs in their flock. Tad helped immensely to better their flock as he taught her youngest son about genetics and allowed him to assist with his early LAI experiences.  

Debbi’s favorite way to spend her spare time is to be surrounded by her family, whether that is watching her grandchildren at a jackpot pig show or in Ohio spending time with her parents. She also enjoys traveling and seeing new sights when the opportunity presents itself.

 

 

Mickey Parks - Farm Team Leader

Mickey's responsibilities on the RSG crew vary from day to day, he is our "utility" man. Some days Mickey's responsibilities will be programming ewes and on other days he can be found on the road with Dr. Thompson serving as an additional assistant. With upwards of 300 head of animals on the farm at any given time there are always many things to be taken care of. On a daily basis Mickey has the vital responsibility of overseeing the care of all the animals on the farms. He is responsible for twice daily health inspections and ensuring that your animals receive the best care possible. With the clinic and farm being in a state of growth, he is often called on to work on facility layout or modification. With Mickey's years of experience in the livestock industry he is a very valuable member of our team.

Mickey graduated in 1994 from Black Hawk College with an Associate’s Degree in Ag Production. In the spring of 2014 he left a large farrow-to-wean sow farm in central Indiana to join the team at RSG. Between his professional and personal life, Mickey has spent over 20 years working in the livestock industry. Montgomery County has been home to Mickey for most of his life. He grew up on a small farm where they raised cattle and hogs, had a grain operation, and raised some hay. Mickey moved to Texas for 3 years to manage a farm which produced replacement gilts for the company’s many sow farms. Sina joined him a year later and while there, they had a son, Kade. In 2008 they moved back to rural Montgomery County near family and friends. Mickey also likes to help his father with the cattle and his father-in-law with planting and harvesting. Mickey raises club lambs at his home in Montgomery County and enjoys spending his free time with his family, showing livestock, and watching Kade play sports.

 

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