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2018 AKC/AKC CHF/TF Companion Animal Residency Programs
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Congratulations to the 2018 theriogenology residents.



Alyssa Helms, DVM

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Helms received her DVM degree, graduating with honors, from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.  Her focus on canine reproductive medicine was cultivated throughout her veterinary training through involvement with the local breeder community, canine research and her personal experience owning and exhibiting Australian Shepherds. Dr. Helms is an advocate for the health and preservation of the purpose-bred dog and she cares deeply for the breeder community that has supported her work through numerous scholarships, awards, and travel and research grants.  Dr. Helms is grateful to the American Kennel Club, the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the Theriogenology Foundation for their support of her specialty training in Theriogenology.  She firmly believes that the collaboration of these entities is invaluable in promoting the future health, research and preservation of our beloved dogs.

Kate Withowski, DVM

NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine

Originally from Long Island, NY, Dr. Kate Withowski earned her veterinary degree from St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical training at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University in 2011 while working as a veterinary assistant. During this period she delved into the world of dog showing and hunt testing with her Weimaraner’s, inciting a deep love for the purpose-bred dog. She spent the last year completing a field service and comparative theriogenology internship with the University of Georgia under the guidance of Dr. Maria Ferrer and Dr. Robyn Ellerbrock. This has further fueled her desire to pursue advanced training in reproductive medicine."

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