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New York, NY – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry, the Theriogenology Foundation and the AKC Canine Health Foundation announced today the 2016 residents of the American Kennel Club/Theriogenology Foundation Companion Animal Residencies in Theriogenology.

The residency program is made possible by generous grants from the AKC and the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF). The residents study at Auburn University, North Carolina State University, The Ohio State University and University of Pennsylvania. Each grant is in the amount of $100,000, to be used for study over 2-3 years.

“We are extremely proud of this group of residents,” said Dennis Sprung, President and CEO of the AKC. “The American Kennel Club is committed to cultivating future veterinarians and health researchers, as they are essential to the wellbeing of all dogs.  We look forward to seeing everything that they will accomplish.”

“Theriogenology is an integral part of breeding healthy litters, and we’re pleased to have a great group of individuals committed to this field,” said Dr. Charles Franz, Executive Director of the Theriogenology Foundation.  “Each of these veterinary professionals will go on to help responsible breeders breed purpose-bred dogs that will help society.”

Theriogenology is the branch of veterinary medicine that focuses on reproduction, including the physiology and pathology of male and female reproductive systems of animals and the clinical practice of veterinary obstetrics, gynecology, and andrology.

2016 Residents

Tessa Fiamengo, DVM: Ohio State

Dr. Tessa Fiamengo graduated with honors from Colorado State University with a major in Biology and minors in Biomedical Sciences and Philosophy in 2007.  She earned her veterinary degree from Oregon State University in 2012. After graduating veterinary school, Dr. Fiamengo began working as a small animal general practitioner in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Fiamengo has had a longstanding interest in theriogenology, and while attending Oregon State, she learned about the involvement of theriogenologists in canine breeding. Her clinical experiences after graduation have continued to strengthen her desire to work in the field of reproduction, aiding owners in the responsible breeding of healthy members of the next generation. Tessa is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Society for Theriogenology.

Karen Von Dollen, DVM: NC State

Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Dr. Karen Von Dollen has known she wanted to be a veterinarian from an early age and spent her childhood participating in 4-H.  Dr. Von Dollen earned her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, where she majored in chemistry with minors in mathematics and biology.  She earned her DVM degree from the University of California – Davis. Following graduation, she completed internships at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos, California and Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria, Australia.  Her family maintains a small herd of Nubian dairy goats in California, which helped form the foundation for Dr. Von Dollen's veterinary aspirations.

Victor Stora, DVM: University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Victor Stora received his Bachelor of Science from Wagner College in New York, with a double major in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biochemistry in 2011 and received his veterinary degree from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University. Dr. Stora has always had a keen interest in small animal reproduction, which he could showcase during his internship at Virginia Tech from July 2015 – July 2016, where he become the go to person for all small animal theriogenology questions. He is a member of the Society for Theriogenology, the AVMA, and the Society for Andrology. Besides being a native English and Italian speaker, he breeds Shetland Sheepdogs.

Carla Barstow, DVM: Auburn

Originally from Tampa, Florida, Dr. Carla Barstow has been showing and breeding Samoyeds for more than 20 years.  Prior to obtaining her DVM degree, she spent 10 years working in the veterinary field as a technician.  Dr. Barstow then pursued her DVM degree at the University of Minnesota, where she received mentorship from Dr. Peggy Root-Kustritz who cultivated her love of theriogenology even further.  Upon graduation, Dr. Barstow returned to Tampa and joined a private practice which emphasized reproduction and enjoyed a heavy theriogenology caseload.  This further solidified her interest in reproduction and encouraged her to expand her theriogenology training.