Boviteq® California’s goal is to bring Boviteq’s world leadership in embryo transfer and IVF technologies to the West Coast’s dairy and beef producers.
Bringing the world-class research of Boviteq to California
- 25 years of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) experience
- 70,000+ embryos produced in 2019
- Industry leadership in reproductive technologies
- State-of-the-art laboratories in Wisconsin and Quebec
Joseph is our General Manager. He is well versed in breeding and shot protocols. Joseph also assists Dr. Ramon Tosta with OPU and Embryo transplant.Joseph learned to AI at Hilmar High School where he took ag classes all 4 years of high school practicing on animals donated to the school. Joseph then formally joined the AI industry through his uncle who had been an AI technician for 25+ years in the surrounding area. He has been a certified AI technician since 2008 who owned and operated a successful breeding business for 13 years. Spending his first years on his route, in the Petaluma, Ca area then moving back to the Central Valley to begin raising his family. In his career Joseph has bred over 100,000 animals.
Dr. Ramon Tosta, DVM
Dr. Tosta performs all OPU and ET techniques, and oversees the health and well-being of all donor animals. As a DVM, Dr Tosta has conducted OPUs on more than 5000 animals, run thousands of ETs and has extensive work in R&D. Dr. Tosta is an American Embryo Transfer (AETA) member, maintaining the high industry standards as a Certified ET Practicioner. Born and raised on a Brazilian beef ranch, Dr. Tosta, developed a love of animals and decided to study veterinary medicine. An internship brought him to the US where he worked for seven years with assisted reproductive technologies.
Weston graduated from Fresno State with a degree in Animal Science. Weston was raised in the cattle industry and owns and operates Fair Cattle Company which raises show steers and heifers that compete at a local and national level.
Juan is our Cow Care Specialist. While Juan has been with us for the last 2 years, he spent the previous 10 years working on dairies learning just about every job under the sun. Juan grew up watching his uncles manage dairies which sparked his interest in the industry. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids.
Lexie was raised on a dairy and attended Fresno State where she earned a degree in Ag Business and minored in Dairy Science. In her spare time, Lexie enjoys clay shooting and spending time at the lake.
Cassey grew up in the ag industry in the Central Valley. She actively raised and showed sheep, swine, and beef replacement heifers in 4-H and later in FFA. Cassey majored in Ag Business. In her spare time, Cassey enjoys family camping trips, golfing, and competing with her horse at dressage shows.
Dr. Shantille Kruse, Ph.D.
As the IVF Program Liaison, Dr. Shantille Kruse is responsible for veterinary collaboration and technical inquiry related to OPU/IVF services.
Shantille was raised on a diversified sheep and cattle operation near Tecumseh, Nebraska. Being actively involved in the livestock industry since childhood was extremely influential on her career ambitions of serving the cattle industry and its stakeholders. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska, followed by her M.S. in Biomedical Science at the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Lab at Colorado State University. There her research focused on improving cryopreservation techniques for both in vivo- and in vitro- produced bovine embryos.
Dr. Kruse then earned her Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from the University of Minnesota while utilizing OPU/IVF technologies and embryo recovery and transfer to study the impacts of nutrition on oocyte quality, uterine function and early embryonic development.