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OPELOUSAS, LA—JUNE 17, 2014—As the old saying goes, “the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree”.
As is the case with twenty-two-year-old Louisiana Center for Equine Reproduction
(LACER) breeding manager, Stephen DeVille. For many of you in the horse
industry, the last name “DeVille” is familiar. Stephen’s father Dr.
Phillip DeVille has been a reproductive veterinarian in the state of
Louisiana since the early 90’s. Some of Stephen’s earliest memories are
riding around in his father’s truck making farm calls.
“I cut my teeth on a breeding farm,” laughs Stephen, “I spent a lot of time at Robicheaux Ranch
as my father has been their breeding vet ever since I can remember. The
Robicheaux’s are like family to me. I began working at the ranch in the
summers for them in the 7th grade helping with the sales prep program.
The Robicheaux’s are great people and taught me so much about fitting a
Although Stephen always had a passion for the horses and knew he would
make his living with them, he decided following in his father’s
footsteps to become a veterinarian wasn’t for him. He majored in Equine
Science at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and
worked for Dr. Larry Findley at Delta Equine for three years as a part
time vet tech.
A temporary position opened up at Louisana Center Equine For Reproduction in 2012 for a part-time vet tech, and Stephen began working for Dr. Eddie Cramer and staff. Dr. Cramer was impressed with the young DeVille and offered him a full-time position as breeding manager.
The Opelousas, Louisiana breeding facility has gone from standing a
modest 4 stallions to standing an impressive 13 in 2014. Embryo
transfers and pregnancy rates have held steady or possibly seen a slight
increase in 2014. Vitrification (freezing) of embryos has been on the
rise for the past two seasons. Stephen manages the large recipient herd
which consists of 500-600 mares.
“Starting the year, we like to have about 250 mares available,” says Deville, “This requires putting them under lights starting the last week of November and continuing to keep them under lights until the end of March. We perform close to 225-250 embryo transfers a year. Once they are pronounced in foal, we maintain detailed records to insure the best of pre-natal care such as Regumate, Progesterone, vaccinations, deworming, etc. It's a lot of work, it takes a group effort and we have a great staff that allows us to accomplish that.”
“Each yearling at LACER is closely assessed to create a tailored nutritional and exercise plan based on their individual needs. The addition of the swimming hole is a huge advantage and we look forward to presenting a nicely fit set of yearlings this summer,” Deville said.
Stephen DeVille always knew his career path would involve horses, but never imagined the opportunity to manage on a large scale would come his way at such an early age.
“Our goals at LACER are to provide the industry with a full-service facility and a staff of good people they can trust,” Says DeVille, “I really enjoy this business and the people in it. You can learn a lot from the hard working individuals who have already ‘made it’ in the industry.”
Louisiana Center For Equine Reproduction was established in 2008 by Crowley, Louisiana native, Dr. Eddie Cramer. The unique full-service facility provides a diverse range of equine reproductive services including semen freezing, breeding soundness examinations, embryo transfer, embryo vitrification (freezing) and an array of surgical infertility treatments for mares.