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Dr. Dirk Vanderwall named Theriogenologist of the Year for 2005


Dr. Dirk Vanderwall received the prestigious 2005 Theriogenologist of the Year award at the SFT/ACT Annual Convention in Charleston, South Carolina.  The award, presented by Fort Dodge Animal Health and the American College of Theriogenologists, includes a plaque and honorarium.  Dr. Vanderwall, of Moscow, Idaho, received the award for expertise in clinical theriogenology. 


Upon receiving his DVM in 1986 from Cornell, Dr. Vanderwall worked with Dr. Wendall Cooper at Lana Lobell Farm of New York. At the time, this farm was one of the three largest Standard-bred farms in the world.  As a University of Idaho Ph.D. student, Dr. Vanderwall instructed veterinary students at Washington State University and taught the laboratory for a University of Idaho undergraduate physiology course.  After receiving his Idaho Ph.D., Dr. Vanderwall completed a post doc at the University of Kentucky. The next five years he spent as a key member of the Colorado State University’s commercial embryo transfer program.  Dr. Vanderwall became a Diplomate of the American Collegeof Theriogenologists in 1993.  Dr. Vanderwall is best known for his recent work in the cloning of equids at the University of Idaho.  The team that he organized birthed the world’s first equine clone on May 4, 2003. 


Congratulations to Dr. Dirk Vanderwall as the seventh 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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