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AKC and the AKC Canine Health Foundation Fund Advanced Training Program

Scott Bailey does lab exercise with students
Scott Bailey, associate professor of theriogenology, works with students during a lab exercise.

The American Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine to fund a three-year companion animal theriogenology residency program. The grant will pay for the hiring and training of a full-time resident who will specialize in projects pertaining to both theriogenology — the physiology of reproduction and reproductive systems — and genetics in dogs.

Announcement of the award was made by Diane Brown, DVM, PhD, and Chief Executive Officer of the AKC Canine Health Foundation.

The grant proposal was submitted by Scott Bailey, associate professor of theriogenology at the CVM, who is board-certified by the American College of Theriogenologists. The proposal specifies that the goals and objectives of the residency training program are:

  • to facilitate the growth of dedicated clinician-scientists in the field of animal reproduction through comparative didactic education
  • clinical training
  • applied research
  • conscious attention to communications and critical thinking training

“The AKC/AKC CHF/TF Residency in Companion Animal Theriogenology… will further provide participants with the opportunity to focus deeply on clinical canine reproduction, heritability and genetic counseling and disease research, while balancing this focus with clinical experiences and academic training in equine, ruminant and swine reproduction.”

In addition, the application states that the “resident will complete a research project of her or his choice under the mentorship of the supervising faculty and will have the opportunity to fulfill the requirement for a Master of Science in Comparative Biomedical Sciences degree in association with this program.”

Funding for the grant begins on July 1, 2018 and runs through June 30, 2021.

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This year’s symposium will feature lectures on the overall topic of Canine Genetics. All are welcome to attend including veterinarians, breeders, technicians and pet owners.

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