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Canine Breeder Seminar July 26 at College of Veterinary Medicine to Educate Owners, Veterinarians

By Janet McCoy, 334/844-3698, mccoyjl@auburn.edu

Auburn, Alabama —

A seminar set for Saturday, July 26, at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine will educate dog enthusiasts, dog breeders and veterinarians on the latest techniques and information in the emerging field of theriogenology for companion animals.

The Canine Breeder Excellence Seminar will be from 1-5 p.m. at the Wilford and Kate Bailey Small Animal Teaching Hospital at the veterinary medicine campus on Wire Road. The event is sponsored by The Theriogenology Foundation and the cost is $50 in advance, $65 the day of the event. Continuing education credit is available for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. 

Four veterinarians will lead topics of interest to veterinarians and breeders -- Dr. Ana Adams, a veterinarian and theriogenologist at Hamby Road Animal Hospital in Alpharetta, Ga., will join Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine clinicians Dr. Robyn Wilborn, Dr. Aime Johnson and Dr. Natalie Fraser.

The seminar will include sessions on elective Cesarean sections, spaying or neutering issues puppy buyers need to know, maximizing fertility in the stud dog, maximizing litter size and the health of the female canine.

“This seminar will bridge the gap of emerging science and new technologies available for breeders and will help them determine which techniques might be of benefit to them,” said Wilborn. “The seminar is geared for dog enthusiasts as well as veterinarians who are seeking continuing education credit.”

Theriogenology is the study of reproduction in animals. For more than 50 years, Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine has held a national reputation in the field, first in large animal reproduction, and now in the growing popularity of companion animal theriogenology. The practice of theriogenology goes beyond conception, and includes management of high-risk pregnancies, especially in small animals with health concerns, as well as infertility issues.

Auburn currently has 10 faculty who are board certified in theriogenology, and three residents who provide expertise in the college’s theriogenology program in all animal species as well as the renowned detection canine program in the Animal Health and Performance Program.

Proceeds from the seminar support The Theriogenology Foundation, a global non-profit based in Montgomery, Ala., which believes that the preservation and reproduction of animals is essential to human welfare.

Earlier this year, the foundation partnered with the American Kennel Club to establish a small animal theriogenology residency position at Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine, one of only three positions at veterinary programs in the U.S.

For more information or to register to attend the conference, contact the Theriogenology Foundation at 334/395-4666 or go online at www.theriofoundation.org.


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