Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine adds residency program in reproductive medicine


The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine will have a new residency
in veterinary reproductive medicine for companion animals funded through a
charitable gift from the American Kennel Club and the Theriogenology Foundation.


Auburn is one of
three veterinary medical programs in the U.S. – and the only one in the South –
to receive funding, which will enhance Auburn's national reputation in
theriogenology, or reproductive medicine, in both large and small animal
medicine. The other recipients are the University of Pennsylvania and the
University of California Davis.


The initial
philanthropic investment of $100,000, made through the Auburn University
Foundation, will support one resident for three years and provide specialty
training in all aspects of veterinary reproductive medicine and surgery, as well
as all features of clinical practice related to male and female reproduction,
obstetrics and neonatology in companion animals.


“This new residency
program for companion animals will expand our nationally recognized programs in
theriogenology and reproductive system research and education,” said Dr. Calvin
Johnson, dean of the Auburn veterinary college. “Nearly 50 years ago, Auburn
faculty made pioneering contributions in equine and bovine reproduction and this
new residency program will accelerate the advancement of the excellent work our
small animal theriogenologists are currently involved in.


“The AKC and the
Theriogenology Foundation are making a significant financial commitment to train
veterinarians to address this important discipline and we look forward to
expanding research, education and clinical practice in small animal
reproduction, Dr. Johnson said.”


“Theriogenology is
often seen as an ancillary service and few private-practice clinics offer the
services of a reproductive specialist, which is why the AKC decided to invest in
training more veterinarians in this field,” said Alan Kalter, American Kennel
Club chairman of the board.


“The AKC and the Theriogenology Foundation
recognize a joint commitment to breeding as an invaluable tool for the continued
improvement of the genetic health of dogs,” Kalter said. “We are thrilled to
establish this program, which we hope will bear a greater understanding of and
respect for the purpose-bred dog.”

The mission of the Theriogenology Foundation
is to secure and allocate resources dedicated to advancing the science and
practice of animal reproductive medicine.

Foundation President Dr. Anita Migday, said, “The Theriogenology Foundation is
proud to announce the establishment of the American Kennel Club/Theriogenology
Foundation Companion Animal Residency in Theriogenology at Auburn University.
This program represents the starting point for a strong collaborative effort
between our organizations. This program will graduate veterinarians with special
expertise in genetics, surgery and the clinical application of small animal
reproductive medicine.”


“The three residency
programs aimed at companion animals will bring emphasis to clinical training and
the role of genetics and how theriogenologists play into that research,” said
Dr. Charles F. Franz, Theriogenology Foundation executive director.


“Purpose-bred dogs
such as those that help people with physical disabilities, detect explosives or
engage in sporting events have traits that are genetically determined,” Dr.
Franz said. “The rapidly changing world of clinical theriogenology and genetic
testing has given dog breeders the tools to produce healthier litters and
puppies with predictable aptitudes and temperaments.”


The resident will
work closely with Dr. Robyn Wilborn, Dr. Aime Johnson and Dr. Julie Gard, as
well as Dr. James Floyd, interim director of the Animal Health and Performance


“Auburn's reputation
stands alone in the field of theriogenology,” Dr. Wilborn said, naming faculty
like Dr. Robert Hudson and Dr. Donald Walker, who brought worldwide recognition
for excellence in bovine medicine as early as the mid-1960s, and current faculty
Dr. Robert Carson, Jr. and Dr. Dwight Wolfe, both of whom have been awarded the
Society for Theriogenology's highest honor, the David E. Bartlett Award for
Lifetime Achievement in Theriogenology.


Charitable gifts
from corporations and foundations – as well as those from alumni and friends –
in support of Auburn University are made through the Auburn University
Foundation. To make a tax-deductible, charitable donation to Auburn, go to or learn more about the full scope of
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(SOURCE: AUBURN UNIVERSITY / Contributed by Janet McCoy)

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