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Client Reviews

"What can we say but "WOW".  We love our new CTS-5000V ultrasound machine!  As you know we were skeptical at first that we could use it but all our fears have been put to rest with our first successful pregnancy, on a foal heat, of the first mare we used the system with! Additionally, we have saved ourselves over $1,000 in vet fees on breeding this mare this year and, in this economy every dollar matters.  Last year we spent over $8,000 in vet fees alone breeding mares.  The investment that we made this year in having our own machine (and Dr. Jim Kubiak's training) has already paid financial dividends for us.  The purchase of the ultrasound machine was one of the smartest business moves we have made to date.  When we have been asked how we could afford to buy a machine now, in this economy, our reply has been, how could we afford not to buy it?! We would highly recommend Shawn and Fisher Biomedical.  The customer service and personal attention we received has been outstanding!  We wish more companies would take such an active interest not only in their customers, but in  their customer's ultimate success.  We look forward to many more years of working with them.
Tim & Ann Egan

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"I purchased an ultrasound from you about two years ago (I LOVE it). I have recommended your machine to ANYONE who wants to save money, time, and their horse's overall health by not having to frequently transport them to the vet. It has really been a godsend. And I can't begin to tell you how much money it has saved me - it has paid for itself twice over at least. If you ever get someone that wants a testimonial, please feel free to contact me. Thank you so very much for everything. Your company is a class act!"
Cindy Knox

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"Thank you for the [equine ultrasound training] DVD you sent me. It really helped me a lot, and I finally have it figured out now. You did an excellent job on that, and it really solved some problems I hadn't been able to get through in all the time I have been working on using ultrasound. The machine I bought off of you is FAR superior to the one I had, even though the one I had was originally far, far more expensive. Thank you very much for helping me out."
Ted Tomson

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“I have to tell you, I love my ultrasound! It has given us so much freedom for breeding our own mares. I no longer have to wait for the vet, but can check them myself on my own schedule! When Kevin suggested we buy it last year, I knew I would love it, but hesitated, because I had heard they were really expensive. It was nice to find such a great machine for a reasonable cost."
Kathy Hood

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"I have had many suppliers and vendors in my medical career. Shawn, your organization is top notch. The video that I received last night has already been reviewed. Wow! Shawn, you did a great job. I am a sonographer by education on humans. Dr. Kubiak is an excellent teacher and I believe that I have much to learn. ... I can not say enough good things about your follow-through, your integrity and the quality of your product and the education that you have provided. I believe that the money that I spent was extremely well placed. I did not waste a penny. You have given me much more than I ever expected. That is really rare in today's environment. Thanks for everything. You have totally exceeded all expectations!"
Dr. Micki Haendiges

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"My ultrasound from Fisher Biomedical is amazing. Now I may track the egg development to know when to service my mares without all of the vet calls. It really has saved my stallion. I contacted Shawn looking for literature for the mare's reproductive system and with in hours, Shawn had emailed me 2 websites for this information, his service has been great."
Allen C. Hallett

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"How is my CTS-200V Ultrasound? ... IT'S AWESOME!!!!! ... I am eager to start detecting follicle development on this year’s mares! This is saving me a HUGE amount of $$$!!!"
Heidi Holmstrom

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"The ultrasound was very easy to start using out of the box, and the included documentation was both thorough and simple. Fisher Biomedical, with the personal attention provided, made me feel completely confident in the purchase of this important piece of equipment. From helping us decide which ultrasound and probe were right for us to offering a highly competitive deal, Fisher Biomedical has gone far beyond my expectations for customer service. Mr. Fisher is always friendly, personable, and available to answer questions and provide support before, during, and after the purchase. He really put the finishing touches on the whole experience, taking this already great company to another level. Thanks to his help, I really feel like I have a trustworthy friend in the business! I would unquestionably recommend Fisher Biomedical to any individual or business looking to buy
veterinary or medical equipment."
Heather Wilson

CTS-3300V Plus

Equine Ultrasound

Complete repro package including accessories, supplies, and training!

  • Industry-leading discounts & unmatched ultrasound training package!
  • Everything you need to get started immediately — in two days or less.
  • Exclusive training resource site!
  • Easy low monthly financing available.

 

Interested in Equine Ultrasound, and Comparing Us With Other Dealers?


Included with purchase of our Full Package* Other Sellers Fisher Biomedical
Operator's Manual
DVD: Ultrasonic Imaging of Repro Events
DVD: Fundamentals (Follicles and Embryos)
Special Workflow Notes
Book: Ultrasonic Imaging and Horse Repro
Laminated Poster: Repro Organs of the Mare
Laminated Poster: Ultra Anatomy of the Embryo
Ongoing Support and Training Materials
NEW! Audio FAQ's With Dr. Jim Kubiak
NEW! Training Resource Website!
Also included with the Full Package* Other Sellers Fisher Biomedical
Custom Soft-Shell Carrying Case
Foot / Hand - Switch
USB Drive
Free Freight
* Note: You may of course also simply purchase the ultrasound alone, without our full equine repro package, at a lower price. You have the option of either buying the ultrasound alone at one price, or buying the full package at a higher price, or even of picking and choosing among what you would like to add or take away. Just give us a call and we can tailor a package precisely to your needs.

Check Out Our New Training Site!

More information on the new website at the bottom of this page!

Why Incorporate Ultrasound Into Your Breeding Operation?
Very simple: Perfection ... according to plan ... every single time.

Isn't it time you took over the ultrasound work for your breeding program? Imagine your savings from not having to use a vet. Imagine the increased conception rates (and safer conceptions) if you were able to track your own mares yourself. Imagine the reduced stress on your mares, and your own peace of mind. Imagine what this could do for you and your family...

Should You Be Doing Your Own Ultrasound Work?

This is actually rather easy to figure out, and comes down to one question: How many mares are you currently breeding?

1-4 mares ...
You probably do not need your own ultrasound. With maybe two exceptions: If you are breeding extremely valuable horses and you are a long way off from the nearest capable equine vet, then you may still consider it even with only a few mares. (The other exception? If you have plenty of money and just really, really want one!)

5-10 mares ...
You should seriously be considering it, since chances are, if you add up your vet bills, and if you look at the "cost" of a couple missed conceptions each season, or, if you are doing AI, the very real cost of spending money on extra inseminations that you would not need if you were conducting your own accurate ultrasound exams exactly when necessary — if you add all of that up, you will probably find that yearly it amounts to the cost of buying your own ultrasound.

11-20 mares ...
No question about it. You should absolutely have your own ultrasound, and once you get it, and see the results after just one season, you will be kicking yourself for not getting one years ago. If you have about fifteen mares breeding every season, you are easily spending the cost of the ultrasound every year on your vet bills alone.

21+ mares ...
You should be calling us right now. Seriously. Now.

The New CTS-3300V+ Equine Ultrasound

The original CTS-200V was one of our best-selling ultrasounds for years. It only had a 6" screen, and a single-frequency 5 MHz probe. It didn't have cineloop, or image storage, or anything like that. But it still sold very well, because it was a good little system, with a nice enough image, and was affordable.

This year saw the arrival of its vastly superior replacement, the CTS-3300V+. At only a few hundred dollars more, the CTS-3300V+ is without question the best equine repro ultrasound we have ever been able to offer anywhere remotely near this price.

The CTS-3300V+ has a large 10" screen, a powerful multi-frequency 5 - 10 MHz equine probe, a robust cineloop (you are going to love this) that allows you to freeze an image and then back up through the captured frames to where your image was at its best, internal image storage as well as a USB drive for moving images to your computer, and all in a lightweight portable system.

And it is easy to operate. With our custom notes and training DVD, showing you the optimal work flow for dialing in images, you will be able to master this system very, very quickly.

How Does the CTS-3300V+ Compare With the Mindray DP-2200?

There's a tremendous difference between these two systems. We sell the CTS-3300V+ because of them. Here they are in a nutshell:
  • The CTS-3300V+ has a 56mm probe, whereas the DP-2200 probe is only 38mm. (Trying to fit a follicle into a 38mm-wide image is almost impossible.)
  • The CTS-3300V+ has a superior 3.5 - 7.5 MHz frequency range, giving you great latitude in finding the best images, whereas the DP-2200 probe goes from 5-10 MHz. Most of your equine breeding work will take place at 5.0 MHz. With our probe, you can go lower (to penetrate deeper) or higher (to penetrate shallower). With their probe, you can only go shallower.
  • The CTS-3300V+ has a 256-frame cineloop, allowing you to back up in time up to 10 seconds after hitting freeze. The DP-2200 only has a 128-frame cineloop, cutting your time down to only 5 seconds. Having the full 10 seconds on our systems makes capturing quality images much easier. (The hand/foot-switch we include also makes it easier. And so does our refined work flow, cutting down the time you have to spend fussing with the ultrasound itself.) And on our CTS-5500V+, you can even save your entire cineloop as a video — a full 25 seconds of examination! — and move it to your computer afterward.

Comparing Other Systems?

All of the ultrasounds in this price range are all going to have about the same image quality. So "comparing" systems in that sense is actually secondary to what really matters ... What makes our systems special is the refined work flow (allowing you to perform exams efficiently, without spending long in the horse), the longer probes (VERY important — allowing you to scan a larger region without having to hunt so much, and allowing you to capture larger follicles), the longer cineloop (VERY important — allowing you to back up a full 12 to 25 seconds after pressing "Freeze," as opposed to most systems out there, which only allow you to back up about 5 seconds), and the most comprehensive training/resource package available in the industry (HUGELY important — because you need to know what you're doing).

Our Exclusive Training Package

You are probably worried about whether you will be able to figure out the ultrasound, and whether you will understand what it is you are looking at, and whether you will actually be able to achieve results.

Don't worry. We have worked with dozens of beginning breeders with no ultrasound experience whatsoever, and while they were all apprehensive at first, with our training package they were able to get up and running right away (most on the same day they received their ultrasound), were feeling comfortable with it by the end of the first week, and were quite capable within the first month. By the end of your first season, you are going to feel like an expert.

For one, what you are looking for isn't that hard to find or see on the ultrasound. It is pretty easy to find, and extremely easy to measure and annotate and save.

For another, you are going to have our training material, you are going to have access to all of our future training material, you are going to have our ongoing support.

We will help you succeed at this!

Call now to speak with Michael at: 800-839-0722
Or fill out our short inquiry form at the top of the page.

 

A Few More Client Reviews ...

Harmony Goodrum
Harmony Goodrum

"WE LOVE OUR ULTRASOUND! Just so you know, we pregnancy checked our first three mares today... AND ALL THREE ARE IN FOAL! Come Monday we have 3 more to check, and at this point we know we have already saved thousands on vet bills."

And later she added ...

"Our ultrasound has sure saved us a lot of money. Our mares are all in foal, and we have a total of 18 foals due next spring (7 in February alone)!

"Besides the financial savings, it has been so convenient to be able to check mares on our schedule rather than have to wait for a vet. We have several stallions on the farm, but also shipped in semen and using this system made it much easier to keep track of the mares cycle."

~ Harmony Goodrum, Goodrum Equine Services

   
Red Hawk Ranch
With Bob DeGour

The Red Hawk Ranch Success Story

"Perhaps the best endorsement is success. After purchasing the ultrasound that Shawn recommended, we achieved a 100% conception rate using frozen semen during the 2006 breeding season here at Red Hawk Ranch. I use the ultrasound to take the guess work out of ovulation timing.

"Keys to my success have been a set of the "right stuff" ... an excellent "fit" for my first ultrasound instrument, great training, quality semen with incredible post-thaw progressive motility, and very fertile mares.

"We've had a VERY successful breeding season thanks to the ultrasound machine I purchased from Shawn. In fact, the CTS-200V is the proper balance of precision, ease-of-use, and affordability . especially for an equine reproduction operation that only uses an ultrasound during several months of the year. [Note: Bob went on to upgrade to the CTS-3300V when it came out, based on his tremendous savings and succesful results with the CTS-200V.]

"What's also important to consider is having an ultrasound performed when the mare's ovulation cycle requires it. Our mares seem to ovulate at all times of the day and night when our vet is either with other clients or when he's home with his family. Our 100% conception rate last year was due in part to the frequency of pre-ovulatory ultrasounds. With the CTS-200V and the training I received, I AI'ed at the time of ovulation (or very shortly thereafter). An additional benefit of this method is that I don't have to follow the breeding protocols that require one timed insemination dose before and another timed insemination dose after a projected ovulation event. As I mentioned in the first paragraph, my use of the CTS-200V takes the guess work out of my breeding programme. Two benefits are derived: higher conception rates and fewer frozen straws used (reducing my cost per conception).

"So where does a lay person go to get ultrasound training? I've been to a variety of veterinary-school training programmes. They trained me to conduct AI's, conduct much of the lab work required to prepare and ship semen, & handle frozen straws; however, they all refuse to conduct ultrasound training for lay people. Finally, I found Jim Kubiak (http://www.thebreedersassistant.com).

"Last year I conducted all of the equine reproductive ultrasounds here at Red Hawk Ranch. I achieved five conceptions ... a 100% conception rate based on an ultrasound instrument that meets my needs and the practical, very-hands-on training by Dr. Jim Kubiak.

"Here are the 2007 foals that we're expecting here at Red Hawk Ranch in the next few weeks (all by imported frozen semen):

``Samarant`` x ``D'Olympic`` x ``Dobrock`` ``Sir Donnerhall`` x ``Sir Oldenburg`` x ``Rubinstein`` ``Diamond Hit`` x ``Rubicell`` x ``Landfalk`` ``Fidertanz`` x ``Dacaprio`` x ``Lanciano`` ``Rubin Royal`` x ``Hohenstein`` x ``Grandus``

"Oh, I forgot to mention Shawn's two-year warranty, his prompt advice whenever I call or e-mail, and his rapid response to my question about spare fuses: he didn't provide an answer - he simply shipped some free of charge.

"My overall experience with Shawn has far exceeded my expectations, resulting in the finest foal crop during our 17 years in the equine reproduction business."

~ Bob DeGour, Red Hawk Ranch

   
Jim Kubiak
Dr. Jim Kubiak

This is Dr. Jim Kubiak, who is featured in our exclusive equine ultrasound training DVD. On our DVD, which is included with each ultrasound purchase, you can watch Dr. Kubiak go through a complete ultrasound fertility check (measuring follicles) and pregnancy check on two of his mares. The wonderful thing about Dr. Kubiak is that he can make everything so accessible, so easy to understand. His teaching style is friendly, even gentle, and everyone who attends his courses comes away from them feeling fantastic about what they were able to learn and raving about how extraordinary Dr. Kubiak is as a teacher.

More info on Dr. Jim Kubiak:

Jim Kubiak, Ph.D.
Equine Reproductive Physiologist

Dr. Kubiak's two-day Equine Reproductive Ultrasound School is the finest hands-on training available for horse breeders (see Bob DeGour's endorsement above).

Dr. Kubiak is located in Ramona, California, just north of San Diego, and if you would like to inquire further about his courses, you may reach him at (760) 789-8264.

You can learn more about the ultrasound school at Dr. Kubiak's website here:
http://www.thebreedersassistant.com/reproductive_ultrasound

 

   
Delaware Bay
With "Delaware Bay"
at Red Hawk Ranch

A final note ...

Throughout 2010 and 2011 seasons, Fisher Biomedical will be dramatically expanding its support of the horse-breeding community, and will be collaborating with a number of successful clients, including Dr. Jim Kubiak (of California) and Dr. Mark Arns (of the University of Arizona) and several other talented breeders in California, Florida, and Kentucky, on what will prove to be the definitive equine ultrasound DVD course available anywhere, worldwide (and which all of our clients will receive, for free, as each DVD comes available). Stay tuned ... coming soon!

Best wishes
to you, to your familes ...
and to your mares!

Please feel free to call me, Michael Fisher, anytime, to discuss your equine ultrasound needs! You can always reach me at: 800-839-0722

 

NEW Equine Ultrasound Training Resource Website

We now have an exciting member's-only training site, filled with videos and audio files and annotated images and interviews and more ...

Equine Ultrasound Training Site

Much of the introductory material features Dr. Jim Kubiak, one of the leading trainers of equine reproduction in the United States and Canada for many, many years. His style of teaching is down-to-earth, and he is easy to learn from, easy to understand. Everyone we have ever known to have gone through his training has come away excited with what they've learned and thrilled with the programs.

We enlisted Dr. Kubiak to identify the most Frequently Asked Questions his clients over the years have had concerning equine reproductive ultrasound, and we are recorded his answers. This, in combination with a training video series presented by Dr. Kubiak, and the even more advanced material provided by Dr. Mark Arns of the University of Arizona, will have you up and running with your ultrasound the first few days after you receive it.

Imagine Capturing — and Correctly Interpreting — Images Like These
(But Full-Size, in High-Resolution, with a 256-Frame Cineloop Allowing You To Back Up in Time Up to Ten Seconds, and On a 10-Inch Screen ... and Then Move Them to Your Computer If You Like!)

Equine Pre-Ovulatory Follicles

Equine Follicle to Embryo

Uterine Edema

Wondering what's different between the CTS-3300V and the CTS-5500V?

Basically it comes down to four things ...

1.) The CTS-5500V has a faster processor, so it gives you a few extra things you can do to improve your images, and in general the images are a bit nicer.  Not dramatically nicer, but certainly nicer.

2.) The CTS-3300V has either a 50mm or a 56mm probe, whereas the CTS-5500V has either a 50mm or a 65mm probe.   That longer probe on the CTS-5500V can be a nice advantage when working with larger breeds of horses (where the follicle sizes can prove larger).

3.) The CTS-3300V has a foot/hand-switch on a cord, whereas the CTS-5500V has a remote foot/hand-switch to freeze images.

4.) The CTS-3300V has special software (Windows-only) for moving your saved images to your computer.  You have to view the images with the software initially, and then you can re-save the images as .bmp files.  The CTS-5500V, on the other hand, can save directly to .jpg image files straight off the ultrasound, which can be immediately viewed on any computer.  It can also be set to automatically organize your images for you, saving you some additional time.

Those are the four main differences.  If you're on a tight budget, I'd probably stay with the CTS-3300V.  It will do everything you need.  But if you can swing the extra thousand, you'll certainly be happier with the CTS-5500V over the long haul.  You'll have a nicer image, more flexibility, and faster image-processing if you want to save your images through the course of a season.

(And the advantage of a 65mm probe with large breeds of horses — such as Warmbloods and Freisens — can't be overstated.  With an especially large horse, that 65mm probe is really nice to have.)

So CTS-3300V or CTS-5500V ... pair it with our Equine Repro Package and you're ready to go. Let's get you started! Call Michael today at 800-839-0722!

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