CHF and Zoetis Reproduction Series

10/01/2015

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and our corporate alliance, Zoetis, have joined forces to bring you a podcast series devoted to canine reproduction education for pet owners, breeders, and veterinarians.

Canine Semen Evaluation

In this podcast we discuss canine semen evaluation, with reproductive specialist Dr. Cheryl Lopate of Reproductive Revolutions and Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic in Wilsonville, Oregon. Dr. Lopate received her Master’s degree in reproductive physiology and her DVM from The Ohio State University. She completed a residency in comparative theriogenology (reproduction) at Purdue University and has been board certified in theriogenology since 1997. She has worked in a variety of practice settings including general mixed practice, referral practice and academia. She believes strongly in providing client education and speaks at breed group meetings regularly. She also speaks at many veterinary conferences and has written many journal articles and book chapters on a variety of reproductive topics.

A transcript of this podcast is also available to read or download as a sharable PDF by clicking the link above.

Nutritional Concerns for Pregnant and Post-Partum Dogs

In this podcast we discuss canine nutrition during and after pregnancy. This podcast features expert nutritionist, Dr. Emmanuel Fontaine, a veterinarian and scientific communicator with Royal Canin Canada. Dr. Fontaine received his DVM from the Toulouse Veterinary School and MSc at the Alfort Veterinary School (Paris) in the domestic carnivore unit of the Reproduction Department. He then worked at the Research Centre for Reproduction in Carnivores, a unit specializing in pet breeding assistance. He is a boarded specialist by the European College for Animal Reproduction (ECAR) and recently completed his PhD in 2012. He joined Royal Canin Canada’s PRO team in September 2011 as a reproductive nutrition specialist.

Tips For Success With Fresh Chilled Semen Breedings, Part II: The Brood Bitch

In this podcast we discuss fresh chilled semen breeding, focusing on the brood bitch. This podcast features Dr. Scarlette Gotwals, of Country Companion Animal Hospital in Morgantown Pennsylvania. Dr. Gotwals received her DVM from The Ohio State University in 1987. She has a special interest in canine reproduction and has been involved with canine reproduction and semen cryopreservation for 21 years. She is a nationally recognized authority in these areas and serves as a consultant to veterinarians through the Veterinarian Information Network. Dr. Gotwals is a consultant for the Canine Reproduction Division of Zoetis.

A transcript of this podcast is also available to read or download as a sharable PDF by clicking the link above.

Tips For Success With Fresh Chilled Semen Breedings, Part I: The Stud Dog

This podcast features Dr. Scarlette Gotwals, of Country Companion Animal Hospital in Morgantown Pennsylvania. Dr. Gotwals received her DVM from The Ohio State University in 1987. She has a special interest in canine reproduction and has been involved with canine reproduction and semen cryopreservation for 21 years. She is a nationally recognized authority in these areas and serves as a consultant to veterinarians through the Veterinarian Information Network. Dr. Gotwals is a consultant for the Canine Reproduction Division of Zoetis.

A transcript of this podcast is also available to read or download as a sharable PDF by clicking the link above.

Whelping and Dystocia

In this podcast we discuss whelping and dystocia with Dr. Cindy O’Connor of Slade Veterinary Hospital in Framingham, MA. Dr. O’Connor received her DVM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York. After her internship, she pursued specialty training in the area of veterinary medical genetics, pediatrics, and reproduction at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine and became a board certified specialist in veterinary reproduction.

Pregnancy Diagnosis

In this podcast we discuss pregnancy diagnosis with reproductive specialist Dr. Autumn Davidson. Dr. Davidson obtained her BS and MS at the University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in wildlife ecology and management. She is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and is board certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Dr. Davidson is currently a clinical professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis in the department of medicine and epidemiology where she specializes in small animal theriogenology (reproduction) and teaches students during their senior year. Dr. Davidson also practices at PetCare Veterinary Hospital East Campus in Santa Rosa, CA, and Lone Oak Veterinary Hospital in Three Rivers, CA, where she receives both internal medicine and reproduction cases.

A transcript of this podcast is also available to read or download as a sharable PDF by clicking the link above.

Ovulation Timing

In this podcast we will be speaking with Dr. Scarlette Gotwals, of Country Companion Animal Hospital in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. Dr. Gotwals received her DVM from The Ohio State University in 1983. She has a special interest in canine reproduction and has been involved with canine reproduction and semen cryopreservation for 21 years. She is a nationally recognized authority in these areas and serves as a consultant to veterinarians through the Veterinarian Information Network. Dr. Gotwals is a consultant for the Canine Reproduction Division of Zoetis. In this podcast she will be discussing ovulation timing in the bitch as well as ways breeders can use data from heat cycles and whelping dates to understand more about ovulation timing.

A transcript of this podcast is also available for those who prefer to read the interview by clicking the link above.

Infertility In The Bitch

In this podcast we are discussing infertility in the bitch, with reproductive specialist Dr. Cheryl Lopate of Wilsonville Veterinary Clinic in Wilsonville, Oregon. Dr. Lopate received her Master’s degree in reproductive physiology and DVM from The Ohio State University. She completed a residency in comparative theriogenology (reproduction) at Purdue University and is boarded in theriogenology. She has worked in a variety of practice settings including general mixed practice, referral practice and academia. She believes strongly in providing client education and speaks at breed group meetings regularly. She also speaks at many veterinary conferences and has written many journal articles on a variety of reproductive topics.

A transcript of this podcast is also available for those who prefer to read the interview by clicking the link above.

Shipping Canine Semen

In this podcast Kim Hesler of Zoetis Reproductive Services discusses shipping canine semen and how it may be easier than you think. Ms. Hesler grew up on a Herford cow-calf and row crop operation in northern Missouri before attending the University of Missouri, where she majored in Animal Science. She interned with Select Sires, which entailed estrus timing and artificial insemination of cattle throughout the country. In 2007, she joined the Synbiotics Reproduction Services team in Kansas City, Missouri. Through a corporate merger she is now a Reproduction Service Specialist with Zoetis where she provides assistance to customers and Zoetis Freeze Centers regarding storage and international shipment of canine and equine frozen semen.

A transcript of this podcast is also available for those who prefer to read the interview by clicking the link above.

Cryopreservation of Canine Semen

In this podcast Dr. Kit Kampschmidt of Brittmoore Animal Hospital in Houston Texas, discusses cryopreservation of canine semen. Dr. Kampschmidt received his DVM from Oklahoma State University in 1983. He has developed a special interest in canine reproduction and semen cryopreservation. He is a nationally recognized authority in these areas and serves as a consultant to other veterinarians through the Veterinary Information Network. He has been an invited speaker for national veterinary meetings, state and local veterinary associations, and many breed clubs. He has trained veterinarians from all over the United States and the world in canine semen freezing and artificial insemination techniques. He is a member of the Harris County Veterinary Medical Association, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and American Animal Hospital Association, and currently serves on the board of directors for the Society for Theriogenology.

A transcript of this podcast is also available for those who prefer to read the interview by clicking the link above. Visit the Zoetis canine reproduction webpage for more information and resources.

Semen Collection and Tips for Successful Breedings

In this podcast Dr. William Schultz, owner of Schultz Veterinary Clinic in Okemos, Michigan discusses tips for success with fresh, chilled semen breedings. Dr. Schultz received his DVM from Michigan State University in 1973, went into private practice and opened his companion animal practice in the fall of 1974. Dr. Schultz is a well-recognized expert in canine reproduction, a board member of The Society for Theriogenology and The Theriogenology Foundation, and is a frequent speaker at veterinary conferences, veterinary associations and national specialties. Dr. Schultz has lectured and published articles on transcervical and surgical inseminations using fresh, chilled and frozen semen as well as multiple articles involving carbon dioxide laser surgery.

Brucellosis

The first podcast in the series features Dr. Matthew Krecic, a Diagnostics specialist for Zoetis, and focuses on Brucellosis, an important topic for all breeders. Dr. Krecic completed his DVM at the Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Florida, Warrington College of Business. He is board-certified in small animal internal medicine through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Krecic served as a senior Telemedicine Veterinarian at IDEXX Laboratories before joining Zoetis in 2009 and he continues to practice small animal internal medicine in his spare time.

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