October 15, 2009



Posted Oct. 1, 2009

Dr. John Kastelic

Dr. Walter Zent

Event: American College of Theriogenologists business meeting, Aug. 26, Albuquerque, N.M.
Awards: The Theriogenologist of the Year Award, sponsored by Fort Dodge Animal Health, was presented to Dr. John Kastelic, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, for excellence in promoting the discipline of theriogenology. Dr. Kastelic was recognized for his research in follicular dynamics of cattle and thermoregulation and testicular physiology in bulls. He is North American editor of the journal Theriogenology and has taught scientific writing workshops throughout the world. Dr. Walter Zent, Lexington, Ky., was presented the first Dr. John Steiner Award for Excellence in Practice. Dr. Zent was recognized for his practice of equine theriogenology.
Business: The ACT and Society for Theriogenology worked to launch the initial issue of the journal Clinical Theriogenology, which comprises the proceedings from the 2009 SFT/ACT Annual Conference. The ACT voted to amend its bylaws to create a committee for the review of residency and training programs in theriogenology. In addition, the new committee will evaluate applications of candidates who want to take the ACT certifying examination. Other amendments were made to the description of the ACT Appeals Committee and the general requirements for theriogenology training programs. The ACT worked with the SFT in the development of the new Theriogenology Foundation.
New diplomates: The College welcomed 23 new diplomates following successful completion of the certification examination. The new diplomates are as follows:
Katherine Beltaire, Ithaca, N.Y.
Greg Burns, Fort Collins, Colo.
Fernando Campos-Chillon, Wellington, Colo.
Catherine De Luca, Gainesville, Fla.
Sarah Eaton, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Kristine Gonzales, San Anselmo, Calif.
Lauren Greene, Kennett Square, Pa.
Anne Josson-Schramme, Cary, N.C.
Alana King, Gainesville, Fla.
Claudia Klein, Lexington, Ky.
Marc Knobbe, Kennett Square, Pa.
Rasa Levenstein-Volanski, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Jose Lin, Baton Rouge, La.
Chelsea Makloski, Coyle, Okla.
Joann Randall, Woodstock, Ill.
Cristiane Rubio, Bernadino de Campos, Brazil
Simon Staempfli, Baton Rouge, La.
Anja Stoll, Hamburg, Germany
Lew Strickland, Auburn, Ala.
Manoel Tamassia, Ringoes, N.J.
Juan Jose Vazquez, Davis, Calif.
Kevin Walters, Starkville, Miss.
Jorge Zambrano, Bogota, Colombia

Some of the 23 new diplomates welcomed by the American College of Theriogenologists

Officials: Drs. Charles Estill, Corvallis, Ore., president; Augustine Peter, West Lafayette, Ind., president-elect; Steve Brinsko, College Station, Texas, vice president; Stuart Meyers, Davis, Calif., treasurer; Philip E. Prater, Morehead, Ky., secretary; and Ahmed Tibary, Pullman, Wash., immediate past president. Dr. Jane Barber, Sherrills Ford, N.C., was elected to the board of directors.

Society for Theriogenology

Dr. Brad Seguin

Event: Society for Theriogenology annual conference, Aug. 25-29, Albuquerque, N.M.
Program: Plenary sessions featured "The challenges pharmaceutical companies face in getting a new product to market" by Dr. Bob Stenbom and "Ethical compounding" by Scott Stanley, PhD. The conference provided information on reproductive performance, in equine, production animal, and small animal sessions. Thirty-four scientific abstracts and six veterinary student case presentations were given. In addition, a poster session was included for the first time; it consisted of nine scientific abstracts and eight student case presentations.
Awards: Dr. Brad Seguin, Roseville, Minn., presented The David Bartlett Honorary address. Dr. Seguin was recognized for his research on estrus synchronization and the use of gonadotropin-releasing hormone and prostaglandin F in dairy cattle. Winners of the Dr. Jerry Rains Memorial Abstract Competition sponsored by Intervet Schering-Plough Animal Health were Dr. Elizabeth L. Scholtz, Davis, Calif., "Bioactivity of 5α-dihydroprogesterone in mares: endometrial response and maintenance of early pregnancy," first place ($1,000); Dr. Igor Frederico Canisso, Ithaca, N.Y., "Seminal parameters and field fertility of donkey semen cryopreserved in two different extenders," second place ($750); Dr. Dinesh Dadarwal, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, "Effect of short- versus long-proestrus on fertility in beef cattle after fixed-time artificial insemination," third place ($500); and Dr. Ryan A. Ferris, Fort Collins, Colo., "The effects of dexamethasone and prednisolone on pituitary and ovarian function in the mare," fourth place ($250). Winners of the Veterinary Student Case Presentation Competition were Kathleen Scarlett Black, Auburn University, "Correction of uterine torsion in a 17-year-old Belgian mare via bilateral flank laparotomy," first place ($650); Eric J. Behlke, Iowa State University, "Artificial vagina induced circumferential preputial avulsion in the bovine," second place ($525); Morgan Krause, University of Florida, "Management of a Sertoli cell tumor in a stallion," third place ($450); Sam Nielsen, Washington State University, "Granulosa cell tumor in a 12-month-old heifer: clinical and endocrine evaluation," fourth place ($375); Randi Armstrong, Auburn University, "Clitoral hypertrophy in a Weimaraner," fifth place ($300); and Ilka Vlok, Kansas State University, "Serum anti-sperm antibodies associated with orchitis in a bull," sixth place ($200).
Business: The SFT and American College of Theriogenologists worked to launch the initial issue of the journal Clinical Theriogenology, which comprises the proceedings from the 2009 SFT/ACT Annual Conference. The new journal is scheduled to be published quarterly. The SFT worked with the ACT in the development of the new Theriogenology Foundation, whose mission is to support and advance theriogenology. The SFT held the first annual auction to help raise funds for the new foundation. Funds were also raised through the sale of numerous items in a silent auction.
Officials: Drs. Thomas Riddle, Lexington, Ky., president; Richard Hopper, Mississippi State, Miss., president-elect; Gary Warner, Elgin, Texas, vice president; Herris Maxwell, Auburn, Ala., secretary/treasurer; and Ana Adams, Alpharetta, Ga., immediate past president. Newly elected members of the board of directors are Drs. Robyn R. Wilborn, Auburn, Ala.; Peter Sheerin, Lexington, Ky.; and John L. Myers, Vinita, Okla.

World Small Animal Veterinary Association

Dr. Duncan X. Lascelles

Dr. Peter J. Ihrke

Dr. Robert J. Washabau

Dr. Larry G. Dee

Dr. Didier-Noel Carlotti

Dr. David Wadsworth

Dr. Jolle Kirpensteijn

Event: 34th World Congress, Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 21-24
Program: The congress attracted 3,500 attendees from 55 countries. More than 80 speakers from 30 disciplines presented lectures in nine session streams. The topics of the session streams included animal welfare, hereditary diseases, ophthalmology, tibial tuberosity advancement, and acupuncture.
Awards: WSAVA Hill's Pet Mobility Award: Dr. Duncan X. Lascelles, for work in the field of canine and feline orthopedic medicine and surgery. Dr. Lascelles is an associate professor in small animal surgery at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, where he directs the Comparative Pain Research Laboratory and the Integrated Pain Management Service. WSAVA Hill's Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award: Dr. Peter J. Ihrke, for promoting health care of companion animals through leading-edge clinical nutrition, and advanced medical and surgery techniques. Dr. Ihrke is chief of dermatology at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and an adjunct clinical associate professor of dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine. WSAVA Waltham International Award for Scientific Achievement: Dr. Robert J. Washabau, for advancement of knowledge concerning the cause, detection, cure, and/or control of disorders of companion animals. Dr. Washabau chairs the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department at the University of Minnesota. He also chairs the WSAVA Gastrointestinal Standardisation Group, which creates standards for the clinical and histologic diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal tract disease. WSAVA Intervet/Schering-Plough International Award for Service to the Profession: Dr. Larry G. Dee, for exemplary service in fostering and enhancing the exchange of scientific and cultural ideas throughout the veterinary small animal world. Dr. Dee co-owns an 18-veterinarian companion animal hospital in Hollywood, Fla. He spent nine years on the WSAVA Executive Committee, including two years as president, and now serves on the AVMA Executive Board, representing District IV. WSAVA President's Award: Dr. Didier-Noel Carlotti, for outstanding contributions to the association. Dr. Carlotti is a veterinary dermatologist in Bordeaux, France, who has contributed internationally in his field. He is a past president of the French Small Animal Veterinary Association and the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations.
Business: The WSAVA Assembly approved several initiatives, including establishment of a charitable foundation to support the association's global activities.
Officials: Drs. David Wadsworth, United Kingdom, president; Jolle Kirpensteijn, Netherlands, president-elect; Brian Romberg, South Africa, immediate past president; Diane Sheehan, Australia, honorary treasurer; and Walt Ingwersen, Canada, honorary secretary.

South Dakota VMA

Dr. Christopher C.L. Chase

Dr. Richard D. Rogen

Event: Annual meeting, Aug. 9-12, Sioux Falls
Awards: Veterinarian of the Year: Dr. Christopher C.L. Chase, Brookings. A 1980 graduate of Iowa State University and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, Dr. Chase is a professor in South Dakota State University's Veterinary Science Department. He is also chief executive officer of Rural Technologies Inc., a research company in Brookings, and serves as a cattle and swine consultant. Dr. Chase is a member of the AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents and a past president of the South Dakota VMA and American Association of Veterinary Immunologists.
Officials: Drs. Richard D. Rogen, Sioux Falls, president; William R. Baus, Redfield, president-elect; Penny S. Dye, Rapid City, vice president; Cynthia L. Franklin-Guenther, Yankton, secretary-treasurer; Vicky J. Wilkey, Pierre, immediate past president; and AVMA delegate and alternate—Drs. George A. Twitero, Rapid City, and James L. Bain, Frederick