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Dr. Donald Schlafer named Theriogenologist of the Year for 2004


Dr. Donald Schlafer received the 2004 Theriogenologist of the Year award at the SFT/ACT Annual Convention in Lexington, Kentucky.  In a lively luncheon presentation, complete with a human placental demonstration, Dr. Schlafer presented Placental Mythology, Folklore, and Superstitions:  How Humankind has Viewed the Placenta Over the Millennia.  The award, presented by Monsanto and the American College of Theriogenologists, includes a plaque and honorarium.


Dr. Schlafer is known both nationally and internationally as an expert in reproductive pathology of domestic animals, with particular expertise in placental pathology.  He received his DVM in 1974 from Cornell and continued his academic career by studying the effects of African swine fever on pregnant, fetal, and neonatal pigs, receiving his PhD in 1982 from the University of Georgiafor this work.  He became board certified not only in ACT, but also in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.  His current activities at Cornell remain in the veterinary pathology service and research in reproductive pathology centered on placental disorders and diseases. 


Dr. Schlafer has contributed to both ACT and SFT through committee membership and participation in educational programs.  He has served as Treasurer and on the Examination Committee of ACT.  His dedication to theriogenology and the College has been evidenced by his work, while on the Exam Committee, to reorganize the entire slide database for the practical exam.  This cataloging then allowed for the computerization of the database to follow.  He organized and was a major contributor to the SFT/ACT International Symposium on Reproductive Pathology presented in Montreal in 1997.  He has served as a mentor for both academicians and practitioners seeking to take the ACT certifying exam.


Congratulations to Dr. Donald Schlafer as the sixth recipient of Theriogenologist of the Year. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the ACT is to promote animal well-being, reproductive health, responsible breeding and genetic practices, and efficient management of breeding-age animals in agriculture, veterinary practice, zoos, preserves, and ecosystems. In particular, the ACT envisions development of focus areas in theriogenology to incorporate the following in theriogenology/reproductive medicine:

1. Population control for domestic and non-domestic animals including feral animals, free-ranging and captive wildlife.

2. Genomics in livestock and companion animal practice.

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