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The American Kennel Club (AKC), AKC Canine Health Foundation (AKCCHF), and Theriogenology Foundation (TF) are pleased to announce that Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Florida have been selected through a competitive grant application process to receive residency program funding in 2021 through the AKC/AKCCHF/TF Small Animal Theriogenology Residency Program.

The AKC, AKCCHF, and TF recognized an unmet need for additional veterinary clinicians with expertise in the field of theriogenology, the branch of veterinary medicine concerned with reproduction – including the physiology and pathology of male and female reproductive systems, and the clinical practice of veterinary obstetrics, gynecology, and andrology. They collaborated to provide funding and support for veterinary residency training with a focus on dogs in all aspects of companion animal reproductive medicine and surgery, canine clinical genetics, health research, and clinical practice. The program has funded training for more than ten veterinary specialists since it started in 2014.

This is the second AKC/AKCCHF/TF Small Animal Theriogenology Residency funded at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. The hospital has a large theriogenology caseload to provide learning opportunities and hands-on experience. The university’s three-year master’s degree program provides the opportunity for more involved research projects as well as permitting a longer duration of training in clinical theriogenology.

This is the first AKC/AKCCHF/TF Small Animal Theriogenology Residency funded at the University of Florida. The university’s two-year residency program provides advanced clinical training focused on canine reproduction, incorporated with comparative species. The university offers collaborative opportunities in canine cardiac and equine genetics research, plus genetics and management of large breeding populations with South Eastern Guide Dogs, Inc.

“The AKC Canine Health Foundation and its donors recognize the importance of supporting the next generation of clinicians and investigators,” states CHF Executive Director, Calvin Carpenter, DVM, MBA, DACLAM. “These bright specialists are critical to breeding programs and the health of current and future generations of dogs. As genetic testing options for dogs expand with ongoing technological advances, specialists trained in clinical genetics will be invaluable to help breeders and dog owners make sense of the resulting information.”

Funding for the AKC/AKCCHF/TF Small Animal Theriogenology Residency Program has been extended through 2023. To learn more and support the program, visit www.akcchf.org/therio.

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