October 15, 2016


 American College of Theriogenologists

​Posted Sept. 28, 2016

Dr. Richard Hopper Dr. Ram Kasimanickam

American College of Theriogenologists business meeting July 27 in Asheville, North Carolina
Awards: Theriogenologist of the Year Award, sponsored by Universal Imaging: Dr. Richard Hopper, Mississippi State, Mississippi, for excellence in research and teaching of reproduction. Dr. Hopper has contributed nearly 40 years of
professional service in the area of reproductive veterinary medicine. He was pivotal in establishing the theriogenology section at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, which has grown to have a substantial multispecies caseload and has maintained a successful resident training program. Dr. Hopper has contributed to numerous publications; most notably, he was lead editor for the 2014 book “Bovine Reproduction.”
Business: The ACT implemented a plan for a plenary speaker at each annual conference on the theme “Expanding horizons–research to practice.” The ACT continues to further define residency programs in theriogenology and to refine the certification process for prospective diplomates. A program requiring maintenance of certification for new diplomates began this year.
New diplomates: The college welcomed nine new diplomates following successful completion of the requirements: Drs. Callum Donnelly, Ithaca, New York; Robyn Ellerbrock, Urbana, Illinois; Andrea Hesser, Davis, California; Rochelle Jensen, Auburn, Alabama; Firdous Khan, Guelph, Ontario; Lynda Miller, Woodbury, Minnesota; Clare Scully, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jenny L. Sones, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Carly Turner, Bryan, Texas.
Officials: Drs. Ram Kasimanickam, Pullman, Washington, president; John Kastelic, Calgary, Alberta, president-elect; Reed Holyoak, Stillwater, Oklahoma, vice president; John Dascanio, Harrogate, Tennessee, treasurer; Jack Smith, Mississippi State, Mississippi, secretary; and Sara Lyle, Raleigh, North Carolina, immediate past president. Dr. Pat Phillips, Ames, Iowa, was elected to the board of directors.