AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces 2023 Small Animal Theriogenology Residency Recipient


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 27, 2023) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs, announces the 2023 American Kennel Club/AKC Canine Health Foundation/Theriogenology Foundation Small Animal Theriogenology Residency recipient.

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (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 14 specialists at various US veterinary colleges. This year, a residency has been awarded to:

  • Gabriela Carneiro de Sousa, MV (DVM equivalent) (CHF Grant 03078-E)
    Residency Coordinator: Julie T. Cecere, DVM, MS, DACT
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Dr. Sousa earned her veterinary degree from the Federal University of Goiás in Brazil. She completed an animal reproduction residency and is set to earn a master’s degree in animal biotechnology at São Paulo State University, also in Brazil. She has completed theriogenology externships in Brazil and the United States. Dr. Sousa is passionate about reproductive medicine and surgery, with a particular interest in pregnancy/parturition topics. After her residency, she plans to stay in academia doing research and teaching.

“We are proud to collaborate with the AKC and Theriogenology Foundation in a joint commitment to support the health of dogs through the funding of our annual Theriogenology Residency Program,” says Dr. Stephanie Montgomery, CHF Chief Executive Officer. “This partnership drives advancements in veterinary medicine and empowers practitioners to provide specialized care in reproductive health and contribute to improving the lives of dogs.”

The two-to-three-year residency programs funded through this initiative provide specialty training in all aspects of companion animal reproductive medicine and surgery, clinical genetics, as well as clinical practice related to male and female reproduction, obstetrics, and neonatology. This training helps ensure that qualified veterinary specialists are available to meet the needs of current and future generations of dogs. Learn more about the program and its participants at akcchf.org/therio.


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