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Thousands of breeders and veterinarians trust Kokopelli Veterinary Center for expert reproduction and fertility guidance, hands-on consultation, valuable education, and superb specialty clinical care.

Explore our client testimonials below to learn how the Kokopelli team consistently provides exceptional care and education to our clients.

Pictured here are Elyse & Marcel, two Long Coat Chihuahuas waiting for their turn for the first time in the Beginner Puppy Class on 3/14/24. After many years of careful planning and research for the blending of two lines which consists of top dogs in the country, they are the result of a TCI using frozen semen. We have high hopes for the future of these pups as it is rare to have the entire litter (two is average for Chihuahuas) of this quality having reached both their POA’s (AKC’s Puppy of Achievement) and Marcel, a 3-point major, from the Bred By class before the age of 7 months old. Thanks to Dr. Christensen and his team at Kokopelli Veterinary Center, they will make an excellent foundation to my breeding program.

Christy Smith
Petit Chenil Chihuahuas

When we brought GCh Ch Legend’s Surprise Party at Rosemont, “Dany” in for her mid-term ultrasound, I felt confident she was pregnant given her behavioral changes and physical differences, yet until I could see those little blobs on the screen I didn’t want to get too excited; didn’t want to jinx it!

When Dr. Shelby said “there’s one!” I felt my emotions rise, then “two”, a bit further there were three and four. By that time, tears were flowing over my face and I was speechless. Martin (my husband) became emotional. The attending vet student, the vet tech, and an assistant were all congratulating us. We just looked at each other and felt such a sense of accomplishment over the past 20 years, knowing this could be the most significant breeding which we have planned for four years and perhaps our last litter with our most highly awarded Rosemont Foundation sire, GCh Ch PaRay’s Power and Privilege “Dominick”.

Over these ten years, we have appreciated Dr. Christensen’s educational background and reproductive expertise. We have come to trust him completely. And our recommendations have brought others to him with different breeds that feel the same way.  Now with this litter, Kokopelli created a real miracle for Dany using 14-year-old Dominick’s frozen sperm via TCI.

Martin and I thank Dr. Christensen and his team so much for all that they have done for our breeding program, which has become internationally successful. Over the years, Kokopelli-assisted pregnancies and whelping have produced such beautiful Bichons. Most have become AKC Champions, and many AKC Grand Champions, before going on to become Best in Show winners or #1 Bichons in multiple countries: Argentina, Finland, Hong Kong, China, France, and England. Many have wonderful jobs as Certified Pediatric Therapy dogs at UCLA Children’s Hospital and a Children’s Psychiatric Clinic in New York. Others have earned Agility ranks and Obedience Certificates. Many others are living their best lives in beautiful areas all over the world and the USA as loving companions with their families. Kokopelli’s guidance in breeding, whelping, and through educational seminars has helped us leave a lasting Legacy of Rosemont Bichons for generations to come. For that, we will be forever grateful.

Laura and Martin Winston
AKC Rosemont Bichons

I want to express my appreciation for Kokopelli’s recent blog post, “Frozen Semen Breeding – Life Suspended.” The insights Dr. Christensen shared in the article were truly thought-provoking and have deepened my gratitude for his expertise in this field.

A year ago, I had the privilege of raising four Navy puppies, made possible through the use of frozen semen delivered via TCI. Dr. Christensen’s guidance on utilizing all the semen delivered that day, despite suboptimal numbers, proved to be invaluable. Looking back, I am convinced that had I not followed his advice, there may have been only three puppies instead of four. This realization emphasizes the profound impact of Dr. Christensen’s expertise in ensuring the existence of my cherished Harper. While all my puppies hold a special place in my heart, Harper, as the sixth generation of Manchester Terriers resulting from extensive pedigree research, stock evaluation, and dedicated efforts, is truly exceptional. Her dam, Navy, pushes an impressive track record as a two-time National Breed winner, Group winner, and Top-Ten achiever, while her sire’s accomplishments are equally noteworthy. Without Kokopelli’s guidance, Harper would not have come into existence.

I am thrilled to share that earlier this year, Harper achieved her AKC Championship by securing a 5-point entry all three days at an event in Turlock, CA. Her promising potential fills me with hope that she will one day continue her legacy through her own offspring, possibly with the assistance of the special dogs Kokopelli has stored for me.

I cannot thank Dr. Christensen and the Kokopelli team enough for enabling the existence of Harper and her siblings. Their commitment to serving, preserving, supporting, and educating through their practice is deeply appreciated. Thank you, Kokopelli, for everything you do.

Christina Caridis
Levendi Manchester Terriers

I would like to take a moment to say how much I appreciate Kokopelli for all you have done for my breeding program. In more detail, you were able to take me in the day I called to do a BC test on my male and a semen eval to make a breeding happen! I was also able to book a separate same day appointment to check an older male I wanted to use last year. Best of all I LOVE all the seminars/webinars. I have learned so much!!! You have also been amazing having me on your email list for specials such as the eye clinics. Thank You for being special!

Bobbi Jo King, RVT
Redwood Runs Pet Resort, German Shepherd Dogs AKC/OFA/CERF/DM/DNA

We have been with Dr. Christensen at his prior location in Elk Grove since 2018. Dr. Christensen and his team have performed progesterone testing, giving us the ammunition we needed to get our girl ready and healthy for her litter. Performed TCI and gave us an accurate litter count with no surprises. Gave us the comfort we needed in case there were any complications and knew he would be there to help. We thank Dr. Christensen for all his knowledge and kindness during our time with him and his wonderful assistant Maryann.

Dr. Christensen performed semen testing prior to shipping fresh chilled, to make sure our boy had enough good swimmers (as he called them) and he did. He bred 8 wonderful healthy little pups. We are now in the process of setting up more appointments with Dr. Christensen at Kokopelli’s new location in Sacramento, CA.

Marshall & Barb Ostrom
Cailin Isle Wheatens

I decided to go to Dr. Bruce Christensen after a recommendation from another veterinarian and everything went smoothly even through the Covid lockdown. Dr. Christensen and his staff are awesome. My two girls loved going to see them. They are very personable and willing to explain the process of the TCI. When it comes time to breed my girls again I will go see the Kokopelli staff.

Jan Martin
Perdita Shelties

We are so thankful to Doctors Christensen and Shelby and the staff at Kokopelli Assisted Reproductive Services for their expertise and excellent customer service. We’ve had multiple successful breedings and deliveries with their assistance. Their flexibility and ability to think outside of the box be there for their clients is much appreciated.

Julie Scopazzi
CaliGold Retrievers

Having first met Dr. Christensen at his Breeder’s Conference in 2017 when he was at UC Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital, I was most impressed with his knowledge of theriogenology and his practice philosophy with breeding, especially the support provided to breeders. As a long-time breeder of Bichons Frises, I trusted the diagnosis and care of my Grand Champion dam and sire producing two healthy litters of five each. As Dr. Christensen relocated Kokopelli Reproductive Services to Franklin Ranch, I followed him and trusted in his care with my next breeding pair, which also produced two litters of five each, both by necessary C-section. As Dr. Christensen continues his practice in Sacramento I have been pleased that a wider range of excellent services are being offered to breeders, especially health testing for OFA certification. Having referred many other breeders to Dr. Christensen who have been equally as pleased with his veterinary care, I look forward to many more years of successful breeding and welcoming healthy litters with the Kokopelli Team and Dr. Christensen’s expertise.

Laura Winston
Rosemont Bichons Frises, Home of Grand Champion Bichons

Dr. Christensen’s guidance on reproductive cases has been an invaluable resource for me. I appreciate all the services Kokopelli provides and would recommend them to anyone looking for a reproductive specialist.

Cristina Finochio

I am happy to submit a testimonial for Dr. Bruce and his team at Kokopelli Assisted Reproductive Services. Over the past few years, he has assisted us with targeting ovulation timing, sperm analysis and helping with a troublesome breeding female who failed to have a heat cycle! He is extremely knowledgeable and takes the time to carefully explain procedures and results. I have also appreciated the seminars (pre-Covid) and the webinars he now presents weekly. He has an impressive set of professional veterinary colleagues, and the information is interesting and up to date. I love learning more about reproduction success. You can tell he is passionate about what he does and also listens to his breeder/clients! I highly recommend Dr. Bruce!

Jan Lopez
B.E.S.T. Service Dogs
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