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ISU Student Chapter 2011
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Iowa State University
Society for Theriogenology Club 2011

The Iowa State University Student Chapter of the Society for Theriogenology had an exciting year in 2011 with some great speakers and wet labs.   Thanks to a generous grant from the Theriogenology Foundation, Dr. Fran Smith and Dr. Karen Wolfsdorf were able to speak to the club during Fall semester 2011.


Fran Smith, DVM, PhD, DACT, owner of Smith Veterinary Hospital in Burnsville, MN, spoke about theriogenology in private small animal practice and how being a Diplomate of the ACT has benefitted her in the private practice setting.




Karen Wolfsdorf DVM, DACT, of the McGee Fertility Center at Hagyard
Equine Medical Institute, spoke about her professional life and how being a Diplomate of the ACT has enhanced her career as an equine private practitioner.   More than 100 interested students attended these presentations. Iowa State University's own James West, DVM, MS presented current topics in cattle genomics and embryo transfer.

The first wet lab of the school year was on the Griffith Farm where students helped place CIDRs in 65 of Dr. Ron Griffith's ewes.   In collaboration with the student AAEP club,SFT students castrated 56 colts and jacks from local farms.
The student club hosted a bovine uterine suturing and AI wet lab with the help of Dr. Bruce Leuschen and Dr. Steve Hopkins DACT.

Next semester the club will host John Meyers, DVM, DACT, to speak about the benefits of being
a Diplomate in bovine private practice. Dr. Meyers' visit will also be supported by a grant from the Theriogenology Foundation. The club will also host Dr. Cheryl Asa, head of the research department at the St. Louis Zoo, to speak on contraception in zoo animal species and chemical sterilization of wild mustangs. Other future wet labs will focus on bovine dystocia/fetotomy, swine uterine suturing/AI, small ruminant ultrasound pregnancy checks, and canine/feline pregnancy checks.

The club also hosts large and small animal clinical theriogenology rounds, cow/mare watch, mare palpation, and bull
breeding soundness exams during the Spring semester.

Thank you again to the Theriogenology Foundation for their continued support of Iowa State University's student chapter of the SFT!   It is greatly appreciated.

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