AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces 2020 Small Animal Theriogenology Residency Recipients


Sharon M. Albright, DVM, CCRT
Manager of Communications & Veterinary Outreach
AKC Canine Health Foundation
Phone: 919-334-4019
E-mail: sharon.albright@akcchf.org

For Immediate Release

RALEIGH, NC (June 15, 2020) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs, announces two theriogenology residencies awarded in 2020.

CHF has partnered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) and Theriogenology Foundation (TF) to increase the number of veterinary practitioners trained in reproductive medicine (known as theriogenology) and clinical genetics. Since CHF joined the program in 2016, the AKC/AKCCHF/TF Small Animal Theriogenology Residency Program has provided funding to train seven specialists at five different US veterinary colleges. This year, new residencies have been awarded to the following veterinary professionals:

  • Kelsey Martin, DVM (CHF Grant 02668-E)
    Residency Coordinator: Fiona Hollinshead, BVSc, PhD, DACT
    Colorado State University
    Grant Period: 7/1/2020 – 6/30/2023

    Dr. Martin completed her veterinary degree at Colorado State University after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. She grew up surrounded by herding dogs on a Colorado cattle ranch and helped raise and train service dogs in high school. She hopes to work on species conservation, translational medicine, and working dog health and reproduction.

  • Joanna Koilpillai, BVSc & AH (CHF Grant 02666-E)
    Residency Coordinator: Marco A. Coutinho da Silva, DVM, PhD
    Ohio State University
    Grant Period: 7/1/2020 – 6/30/2023

    Dr. Koilpillai earned her veterinary degree from Madras Veterinary College in Chennai, India. She completed a small animal internship at a private hospital in Florida before starting her residency at Ohio State University. She has experience working with small animals, cattle, and horses in India and the US. Her interests are small animal medicine and mixed animal reproductive medicine.

“CHF supports advanced education for canine reproductive specialists to ensure that clinicians and researchers are available to address the health needs of current and future generations of breeding stock and all dogs,” states Dr. Charles Garvin, Chairman of the CHF Board of Directors. “This collaboration with the American Kennel Club and Theriogenology Foundation allows our mission of advancing canine health to continue for years to come.”

Funding for the AKC/AKCCHF/TF Small Animal Theriogenology Residency Program has been extended through 2023. Learn more about the program and its participants at www.akcchf.org/therio.

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