Effect of Antibiotic-containing Extenders on Taylorella equigenitalis Contaminated Semen Academic Article uri icon


  • Taylorella equigenitalis is a gram-negative coccobacillus and the causative agent of a transmissible venereal disease in horses known as contagious equine metritis. Outbreaks of contagious equine metritis have been documented in various countries since 1977, with the most recent discovery in the United States in December 2008. During disease occurrences, culturing semen samples for T equigenitalis before breeding may help to prevent transmission of this disease; however, little is known about the antimicrobial activity of equine semen extenders against the organism. The purpose of this study was to investigate the infectivity levels of T equigenitalis in three equine semen extenders inoculated with known concentrations of the organism. The semen extenders used for this study included INRA 96, E-Z Mixin BF, and VMDZ. In addition, Timentin was added to INRA 96 at three different concentrations (0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 mg/mL) to investigate possible synergistic effects of antibiotic supplementation of extenders. Results were based on the visual counting of the colonies on chocolate Eugon agar plates. Both INRA 96 (with added Timentin) and VMDZ (as supplied by the manufacturer) significantly reduced the numbers of T equigenitalis isolated from semen extenders as compared with INRA 96 (as supplied by the manufacturer) or the antibiotic free E-Z Mixin BF. Our findings indicate that INRA 96 (with added Timentin) or VMDZ may significantly decrease the growth of T equigenitalis in extended semen; however, it is also important to consider the possible effects of antibiotic supplemented extenders on sperm longevity and fertility in addition to eliminating specific pathogens in semen. 2011 Elsevier Inc.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Equine Veterinary Science

author list (cited authors)

  • Olivieri, B. T., Love, B. C., Rezabek, G. B., Lamm, C. G., Varner, D. D., Payton, M. E., & Holyoak, G. R.

complete list of authors

  • Olivieri, Bettina T||Love, Brenda C||Rezabek, Grant B||Lamm, Catherine G||Varner, Dickson D||Payton, Mark E||Holyoak, G Reed

publication date

  • January 1, 2011 11:11 AM