AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces 2022 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 29, 2022) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs, announces two new theriogenology residencies awarded in 2022.

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 2016, the AKC/AKC CHF/TF Small Animal Theriogenology Residency Program has provided funding to train 13 specialists at various US veterinary colleges. This year, new residencies have been awarded to the following veterinary professionals:

Lily Lewis, DVM (CHF Grant 02972-E)

Residency Coordinator: Dr. Robyn R. Wilborn, DVM, MS, DACT
Auburn University

Dr. Lewis completed her veterinary degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Business Management from Virginia Tech. She completed a small animal rotating internship at Nashville Veterinary Specialists. She is passionate about understanding the many factors that contribute to female infertility/subfertility.

Gail McRae, DVM (CHF Grant 02970-E)
Residency Coordinator: Dr. Erin E Runcan, DVM, DACT
The Ohio State University

Dr. McRae earned her veterinary degree from the University of Sydney after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati. She completed a theriogenology internship at The Ohio State University. She enjoys educating owners and learning from experienced breeders and is considering teaching or private practice after her residency.

“CHF appreciates the need for trained specialists to help dog owners and breeders manage genetic conditions and support health goals in dog breeding programs,” says Dr. Darin Collins, CEO of the AKC Canine Health Foundation. “We are honored to partner with Auburn University and The Ohio State University given their successful history of training knowledgeable and dedicated veterinary reproductive specialists.”

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 akcchf.org/therio.


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