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2016 Theriogenologist of the Year Dr. Richard Hopper
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2016 Theriogenologist of the Year

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Dr. Richard Hopper



Dr. Richard Hopper received his DVM from Auburn University in 1978. He then operated a private mixed practice for 15 years in Oneonta, Alabama before joining the faculty at Mississippi State University CVM in 1993 as Assistant Professor. He achieved Diplomate status in the American College of Theriogenologists via the alternate route in 1995. Dr. Hopper is currently Professor and Program Leader of the Food Animal Medicine, Theriogenology, & Ambulatory Section at the CVM. He has served as President of both the Mississippi VMA and the Society for Theriogenology. He was named Veterinarian of the Year for Mississippi in 2008 and received the El Toro Award for Excellence in Food Animal Medicine from the Auburn University CVM in 2014.

Dr. Hopper has contributed nearly 40 years of professional career service in the area of reproductive veterinary medicine. He was pivotal in establishing the theriogenology section at Mississippi State University, which has grown to have a substantial multispecies caseload and has maintained a successful resident training program. He has been a requested speaker on theriogenology topics at numerous meetings across the U.S., including the annual Therio Conference. Dr. Hopper has contributed to numerous publications in lay as well as veterinary literature. Most notably, he assembled 98 scholars internationally as lead editor for the book “Bovine Reproduction” (Wiley-Blackwell; November 2014). He has made tremendous contributions to the college and animal owners of the state through extension veterinary medicine, as well as in the clinical arena of the college. Dr. Hopper has mentored several into membership in the ACT and continues to guide and teach while promoting the importance of theriogenology.

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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