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Joy Altermatt, DVM, MS, DACT

Dr. Altermatt performing high tech breeding procedures.

Dr. Joy is originally from Terry, Montana.  A graduate from Montana State University- Bozeman with a BS in Animal Science, she went on to Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, obtaining her DVM in 2004. Pursuing her passion of large animal fertility, she completed a MS in Biomedical Sciences with emphasis in assisted reproduction technologies at CSU’s Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory.

Dr. Joy became board-certified in the American College of Theriogenologists (reproduction specialty) in 2008. Since then, she has been serving her clients in private practice and sharing knowledge as lecturer at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo since 2012.  As a dedicated specialist in large animal fertility, she has performed thousands of transvaginal follicular aspirations in both mares and cows for oocyte transfer, ICSI and IVF cycles, helping to produce generations of legends. In addition to these procedures and embryo transfers, she enjoys addressing fertility issues and offers multi-faceted approaches and customized options for her clients from simple breeding to in vitro embryo production.