Intermountain Embryonics was started by veterinarians Hoyt Rees and Rebecca Holmbeck in June of 2017. Both have worked as veterinarians in the Magic Valley for several years and are deeply rooted in the success of the area's animal agriculture industry. 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. This helps to make animal agriculture more sustainable and more profitable, while reducing stress on the environment and feeding more people.
HOYT REES, DVM
Hoyt is the field services director and an owner 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.
Eric Evans recently joined the Intermountain Embryonics team as our Genetic Consultant and Program Coordinator. Eric will primarily be responsible for designing custom IVF programs on our client’s farms based on specific needs on their operation. He has successfully utilized embryos and IVF on his dairy for many years and brings a plethora of knowledge and experience to our team.
Eric grew up in upstate New York, where he started his career in the dairy industry on his family dairy, Evans Family Farm. Since then, Eric has gained experience with managing an A.I. business, running a mobile hoof trimming truck, dairy herd management, and owning a mineral business in Idaho.
Eric, his wife Misty, and their children currently reside on the family dairy in Buhl, Idaho, Evans Dairy. Their herd is a nationally known registered Holstein and Jersey cow dairy that successfully utilizes IVF to genetically advance their herd. Eric is a self-proclaimed genetic junkie, so he breeds and shows registered Rottweilers and dairy cows as a hobby with his kids. Eric and Misty also have their own cheese-making business in the Magic Valley.
Lab and Field Technician
Dana Kerner was raised in Weiser, ID and grew up working on her family’s feedlot and commercial cow/calf operation. She has been raising her own registered Herefords since 2010 and holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Idaho for Animal Science and Veterinary Science. Dana already wears many hats at IE and you can find her working in the field with Dr. Rees, in the lab making high quality embryos, and taking great care of our wonderful customers.
REBECCA HOLMBECK, DVM
Rebecca is the laboratory director and an owner of Intermountain Embryonics. She oversees the in-vitro production of embryos and is the main client account manager. Her attention to detail and dedication ensures the lab delivers great results. She will also be heading up the development of the small ruminant branch of the business in 2021.
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. She uses these complementary therapies to enhance the health and fertility of some of our donor animals as well as treating dogs and horses.
Lab and Field Technician
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.