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Dr. Nate Dorshorst
Dr. Nate Dorshorst was raised on Dorsland Farms, a 50 cow registered Holstein dairy farm in Junction City, Wisconsin. He grew up working on the family farm where he enjoyed breeding and showing registered Holsteins and riding on calls with his father, also a large animal veterinarian. He attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison receiving his Bachelors of Science in Dairy Science (2002) and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (2006).
Upon graduation, he was hired by a 20-doctor group practice in Lodi, WI where he founded the advanced reproductive division of the business and gradually transitioned from general large animal practice to becoming specialized in embryo transfer and IVF technology. In 2010 he became a partner in the practice and in 2014 the advanced reproduction division was split out to become a separate business entity, GenOvations Inc. Dr. Dorshorst has been performing Ovum Pick Up and In Vitro Fertilization services since 2009 and now operates with 3 donor farms in south central WI. In the fall of 2017 GenOvations opened its own in house commercial IVF laboratory becoming only the 6th privately owned IVF lab in the United States.
He is active in the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, where he sits on the Legislative Committee. He is involved in several committees of the American Embryo Transfer Association, including the Education Committee and the Cooperator Committee, which is actively engaged in the development of emerging embryo export markets for US dairy and beef farmers. His other professional memberships include the International Embryo Transfer Society, American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.
He lives in Lodi, WI with his wife Melissa and their four boys, Braedon (14) Owen (12) Everett (10) Landon (8) and the family dog, an African Boerboel named Otis. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, hiking, hunting and showing registered Holsteins with his boys.
Gretchen comes to us from Northwest Indiana where she grew up on her family’s farm. From an early age she was heavily involved in showing swine, sheep, and beef cattle at the county and state level. Throughout her 4-H experience her passion for agriculture grew. Upon graduating from high school in 2016 she then attended Purdue University. At Purdue, Gretchen studied Animal Sciences and participated in the Purdue Chapter of Block and Bridle, Purdue Collegiate Cattlemen’s, competed at the 2019 Regional Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon and gained experience working with Purdue Extension, The Northern International Livestock Exposition, Farrer Stock Farms, and ABS Global. Gretchen’s interest in advanced reproduction was established as she studied under Dr. Kara Stewart and gained the opportunity to assist in laparoscopic AI, post-cervical AI, and reproductive ultrasonography. Gretchen earned her Bachelors from Purdue in 2019 and then moved to Wisconsin to begin working with GenOvations. Gretchen is so excited to be working with the team at GenOvations and expanding her knowledge of embryology and connecting with and contributing to the success of our clients. She is thrilled for the opportunity to work with cattle every day and cheer on the Boilers when they are in town. When Gretchen is not working she enjoys raising club lambs with her husband Trevar, traveling for livestock events/shows, hiking, taking pictures, and spending time with her family.
Devon grew up in Blandinsville, Illinois on a small farm and cattle operation. He grew up showing Simmental cattle through 4-H and FFA. After high school, he attended Black Hawk East in Kewanee, Illinois where he was a member of the livestock judging team. He graduated from Black Hawk in 2018 and transferred to Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. During that time, he also competed on the judging team while getting his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Science. Devon’s interest in reproductive physiology lead him to an internship at Trans Ova Genetics, as well as employment with ST Genetics. When he learned of the opportunity at GenOvations, Devon knew it was the place that he wanted to be. Devon is currently a co-owner of BYR Simmentals with his dad in Illinois. He started this herd of cattle when he was a senior in high school and has continued to grow it every year. While Devon likes to spend his free time at cattle shows or sales, he also enjoys watching and playing sports.