Intermountain Embryonics was started by veterinarians Hoyt Rees and Rebecca Holmbeck in June of 2017. Now that IVF technology has become affordable and efficient, it is Intermountain Embryonic's goal to help beef and dairy producers capitalize on this technology. Through rapid genetic improvement that embryo use can provide, producers can increase production rates, improve animal health traits, and increase feed efficiency. Genetically superior animals can produce more with less, making animal agriculture more profitable, while reducing stress on the environment.
Our team's first priority is assisting our clients in reaching their genetic goals through IVF technologies. We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the OPU and IVF processes, so please don't hesitate to reach out!
HOYT REES, DVM
Hoyt is the owner and overseeing veterinarian of Intermountain Embryonics. Prior to opening Intermountain Embryonics, he worked as a large animal practitioner in the Magic Valley in Idaho for 3 years. Hoyt’s passion for innovation and bovine theriogenology have been influential in the growth and success of the business.
Hoyt is from a farming community in Illinois and moved to Idaho with his wife, Rebecca, after they graduated from veterinary school in 2014. He attended Lake Forest College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and then went on to earn his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. He is certified with the American Embryo Transfer Association.
In 2021, Hoyt and his family of four moved back to Illinois and have been assisting IE with operations remotely. Hoyt visits Twin Falls quarterly as our overseeing veterinarian and to answer any questions you may have.
Dana Kerner was raised on a commercial cow/calf operation and backgrounding feedlot in Weiser, ID. She began her own herd of registered Hereford cattle in 2010 and has been actively involved in the beef industry since. Dana received a B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from the University of Idaho in 2019 where she discovered her passion for genetics and reproduction. She became an IE team member in 2020, fulfilling both field and lab duties as well as directing client relations.
Dana is now our acting manager and works to ensure we assist our clients in meeting their embryo goals. Her passion for the company and dedication to our clients makes Dana a great resource for all of your IVF needs.
REBECCA HOLMBECK, DVM
Rebecca is an owner of Intermountain Embryonics and has trained many of our technicians in laboratory protocols.
Rebecca grew up in a rural community in Illinois. She served 4 years in the US Army before returning to Illinois to earn her bachelor’s in Animal Science. She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the University of Illinois in 2014. Rebecca earned her veterinary acupuncture certification in 2013 and certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy in 2016.
Now residing with Hoyt and their family in Illinois, Rebecca assists our lab and field technicians with IVF protocols and ensures the integrity of our procedures.
Jae Anderson grew up in Gooding, Idaho, on her family owned and operated Hereford and Red Angus seedstock ranch and farm. She developed her own herd of registered Hereford cows during her years in the Idaho Junior Hereford Association, 4-H and FFA and currently runs them on the family ranch.
Jae graduated from Utah State University in 2019 with a Bachelor Degree in Agri Business with a minor in Animal Science and graduated with a Masters in Agri Business in 2020. She worked for Hoffman AI Breeders while attending school at USU and began working at Intermountain Embryonics in May 2020. Jae has always been interested in bovine reproduction and was excited to join the Intermountain Embryonics team.