Welcome to the

Equine Fertility Institute

Who is EFI?

The Equine Fertility Institute is strategically located in the heart of beautiful Aiken, South Carolina horse country.  Sprawling more than 50 acres, EFI is the largest and most expansive USDA Export approved Equine Veterinary Hospital in South Carolina.

Owner, Dr. Jacobs has focused her career in the field of Equine Reproduction for over 15 years. Dr. Jacobs and her team have performed thousands of oocyte aspirations and successful embryo transfers. EFI offers advanced breeding solutions for even the most difficult to breed candidates.   

3827 Charleston Highway
Aiken, SC 29801

What can EFI offer you?

Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection

The ICSI procedure involves micro-injection of a single sperm cell into the cytoplasm of a mature oocyte, which physically causes fertilization. The fertilized oocyte is returned to an incubator and allowed to develop into an embryo, which usually occurs within 7-10 days. 

Genetic Selection

Embryo Biopsy for Genetic Diagnosis or Gender Selection offers our clients the ability to take a genetic sample from an embryo before it is transferred. Embryos may be shipped to our laboratory for biopsy.


Embryo vitrification is the process whereby we freeze equine embryos for storage for indefinite periods of time prior to transfer into a recipient mare. We have the technology to cryopreserve equine sperm and equine embryos, but not equine oocytes.

Embryo Transfer

Equine embryo transfer is a safe but technical procedure, which involves the removal of a fertilized egg, or embryo, from a donor mare and transplanting it into a synchronized recipient mare. Our recipient mare herd is located on site. Direct transfer guarantees the highest success rates for our breeders, at an affordable cost.

Genetic Rescue

 When the tragic occurrence of accident, illness, or death strikes, Genetic Rescue technology offers the possibility to carry on the reproductive career for both stallions and mares. This technology consists of the recovery of ovaries for oocyte collection, testis for epididymal sperm retrieval.  Sperm and Embryos can be cryopreserved and stored for later use.

Security with Embryo Insurance

This insurance provides coverage on your unborn foal including embryo transfers. Once your mare or the recipient mare is confirmed in foal by an ultrasound exam at 42 days after the last breeding, insurance protection can be purchased to protect your investment in the embryo until 30 days after birth of the foal.

Book Your Appointment

Call or Text 803-641-0644

When I lost my young stallion, the team at EFI walked my hometown vet through the process of shipping testis post-mortem.

With Epididymal Sperm Recovery we have saved his bloodline and have frozen doses for future use.

S. C.

EFI helped me get my older Marsh Tacky mare pregnant. I was uncertain if she would ever carry. During her stay at EFI, the staff called with updates on her progress and she received daily grooming.

P. S.

 A tremendous thank you goes out to Dr. Jacobs and her team at EFI! Without OPU-ICSI and Gender Selection I would not have a replacement filly from my super producing Dutch Warmblood mare. At 22 her legacy will jump-on! 

C. J.