Small Animal Theriogenology Residency Program

The Small Animal Theriogenology Residency Program is a collaboration between the American Kennel Club, the AKC Canine Health Foundation, and the Theriogenology Foundation to increase the number of trained practitioners in companion animal theriogenology and clinical genetics.

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Theriogenology is 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. The two-to-three-year residency program provides specialty training in all aspects of companion animal reproductive medicine and surgery, clinical genetics, as well as clinical practice related to male and female reproduction, obstetrics and neonatology. Each residency provides $100,000 in support. 

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Class of 2022

Lily Lewis, DVM (CHF Grant 02972-E)
Residency Coordinator: Dr. Robyn R. Wilborn, DVM, MS, DACT; Auburn University

Gail McRae, DVM (CHF Grant 02970-E)
Residency Coordinator: Dr. Erin E Runcan, DVM, DACT; The Ohio State University

Class of 2021

Anum Ahmed, DVM (CHF Grant 02845-E)
Residency Coordinator: Audrey A. Kelleman, DVM, DACT; University of Florida

Nicole Sugai, DVM (CHF Grant 02846-E)
Residency Coordinator: Julie T. Cecere, DVM, MS, DACT; Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Class of 2020

Alex Horner, DVM (CHF Grant 02668-E)
Residency Coordinator: Fiona Hollinshead, BVSc, PhD, DACT; Colorado State University

Joanna Koilpillai, BVSc & AH (CHF Grant 02666-E)
Residency Coordinator: Marco A. Coutinho da Silva, DVM, PhD, DACT; The Ohio State University

Class of 2019

Jamie Douglas, DVM; (CHF Grant 02538-E)
Residency Coordinator: Robyn R. Wilborn, DVM, MS, DACT; Auburn University

Class of 2018

Alyssa Helms, DVM; (CHF Grant 02390-E)
Residency Coordinator: Julie T. Cecere, DVM, DACT, MS; Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Kate Withowski, DVM;  (CHF Grant 02395-E)
Residency Coordinator: Sara Lyle, DVM, PhD, DACT;  North Carolina State University

Class of 2016

Carla Barstow, DVM; Auburn University (CHF Grant 02282-E)
Residency Coordinator: Robin R. Wilborn, DVM, MS; Auburn University

Tessa Fiamengo, DVM; Ohio State University (CHF Grant 02294-E)
Residency Coordinator: Marco A. Coutinho da Silva, DVM, PhD; The Ohio State University

Victor Stora, DVM; University of Pennsylvania (CHF Grant 02283-E)
Residency Coordinator: Margret L. Casal, DVM, PhD; University of Pennsylvania

Karen Von Dollen, DVM; North Carolina State University (CHF Grant 02281-E)
Residency Coordinator: Scott Bailey, DVM, MS; North Carolina State University

Small Animal Theriogenology Residency Program in the News

Veterinary College Receives Fellowship Grant to Fund Advanced Training Program in Reproduction. Read More >>>

Funding Announced for 2019 Theriogenology Residency Programs. Read More >>>

A dog breeding roundtable discussion with theriogenology residents. Read More >>>

Class of 2016 Residents announced in a joint press release. Read More>>>

Andrea Hesser, DVM, is a recipient of the theriogenology residency at UC Davis in 2014. Dr. Hesser was part of a research team that received funding from CHF, and she also attended CHF's National Parent Club Canine Health Conference. Dr. Hesser is an example of the power of collaboration, and the opportunity it provides to not only advance our understanding of canine reproductive health, but to ensure that we will continue to have trained experts to meet the future health needs of our dogs. Read More >>>

The American Kennel Club, the AKC Canine Health Foundation and The Theriogenology Foundation Announce 2016 Companion Animal Residencies. Read More >>>

Thank you to the sponsors of the Theriogenology Residency Program!

Champion Sponsor ($50,000+)

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Sponsors ($2,500+)

Affenpinscher Rescue of America
Border Terrier Club of America

Clumber Spaniel Health Foundation
Scottish Terrier Club of America



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