Pacific International Genetics is a veterinary practice devoted
exclusively to reproduction. Founded in 1988 by Dr. Paul Mennick, after
three years of back-to-back breeding season experience in New Zealand,
California and Australia, "PIG" is dedicated to providing all clients
the very best possible fertility services, and to producing the very
best possible quality frozen semen. As of January 2005, we have
clients in 22 countries and all fifty states.
P.I.G. has, since inception, pursued its own, self-funded research,
aimed at improving fertility with frozen semen in many species. Among
our firsts are the industry's only "money-back fertility guarantee" for
semen cryopreservation work (our fourteenth year; see "semen
freezing" under the" index of services"
section); a unique and extremely thorough method of testing stallions to
determine the best individual cryopreservation method; advancement in
techniques to preserve epididymal sperm recovered from rare or valuable
sires post-mortem; the first United States exports of frozen equine
semen to Czechoslovakia, Sri Lanka, and the Phillippines; unique
extenders which successfully preserve semen from "problem" bulls unable
to be frozen by traditional methods; hosting of extremely detailed and
semi-private courses in various aspects of veterinary reproduction
(unlike the brief and crowded University short-courses); and development
of local swine AI programs and techniques for embryo transfer and
cryopreservation in dogs.
Drawing upon experience in several countries, including many stays with
other experts having expertise in a variety of species and procedures,
P.I.G. continues to seek the experience of others to help formulate new
procedures and new techniques. Excellence is rarely the sole product of
individual brilliance, but often the collaborative work of many. To
this end, each member of the team offers unique and extensive expertise
with certain species.
Our 72 acre facility near Red Bluff, California, is custom designed for
the housing, care, and breeding of horses, cattle, sheep, goats, swine,
and dogs. We stand stallions, jacks, boars, and bulls "at stud",
perform routine breeding procedures and fertility treatments including
embryo transfer and embryo cryopreservation using the latest
computer-controlled freezing devices, and provide "phantom training"
services for stallions. The facility is USDA inspected and approved as
an export quarantine facility for semen meeting the very stringent New
Zealand protocols, and we also export bovine embryos. We have been inspected by and are AKC certified as a
canine collection facility. Over 300 sires are in stock by frozen
semen, with many more in storage privately for their owners. Semen
pickup and shipping capability is available seven days per week.
P.I.G. currently acts as an agent for several warmblood stallion
breeders, including Team Nijhof and Daan Horn in The Netherlands, Kedra
House Stud in Ireland, and Malouin Manor in southern California, with
over two dozen stallions thus available to North American breeders.
P.I.G. also dedicates its abilities toward the preservation of rare
breeds and endangered species. Dr. Mennick has volunteered his time as a
member of the Board of Directors for the American Livestock Breeds
Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to the public education
and preservation of disappearing livestock breeds; and is working with
zoos and consultants to assist in the preservation of endangered
species, such as the onager and white
rhinoceros. In addition, special discounts and preservation programs are offered
to all clients
and organizations interested in pursuing reproductive work with any
species considered rare and/or endangered.
Dr. Donald Peter, Board-Certified in Theriogenology (reproduction) is in
charge of operations at the only bull-collection facility in the Pacific
Northwest (Frontier Genetics, Hermiston, Oregon), and works with Dr.
Mennick on various projects
at Pacific International Genetics.
Continuing education is an important part of providing high quality
services; Dr. Mennick has attended all but one of the Society for
Theriogenology annual meetings for the past fifteen years, and has given
presentations at three of them.
Pacific International Genetics welcomes all inquiries, and we will
also attempt to answer questions of a general nature as time permits.
Please do not, however, ask us to diagnose or "prognose over the phone";
we cannot provide the best service to any patient without a detailed
investigation of the patient's prior history, and quite possibly a hands-on physical
examination. Consultation regarding specific cases is available by
telephone, fax, or e-mail. Dr. Mennick also occasionally
provides "expert witness" consultation.