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Theriogenologist of the Year - 2000

Michelle M. LeBlanc, DVM, Diplomate ACT, of the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, was honored by the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT) at a December 2, 2000 awards ceremony at the Buckhorn Museum, in conjunction with the Society for Theriogenology/American College of Theriogenologists 2000 Annual Conference.

This award, Theriogenologist of the Year, funded by the Monsanto Corporation, was developed to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of clinical animal reproduction. The recipient receives national recognition for endeavors in the field of clinical theriogenology, along with a plaque and a monetary honorarium.

Dr. LeBlanc has made major and significant contributions to the field of theriogenology in research, teaching and service activities during her career at the University of Florida. She is noted for being the “leading edge of new technology in equine reproduction” as stated by one of two world class equine practices. Her list of publications and contributions to the many national and international meetings are testimony of her knowledge and worldwide recognition as an expert in equine reproduction. Several important innovations demonstrate the creativity and dedication she has put in her work. The equine colostrometer, the treatment of endometritis, the concept of failure of uterine clearance in subfertile mares, the management of high-risk pregnancy, placentitis and neonatal septicemia are all milestones in the development of equine Theriogenology.

LeBlanc received her DVM in 1977 from Michigan State University and earned the status of Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 1982. She has received international recognition for her professional activities related to veterinary clinical reproduction. She is a sought after speaker, on a global scale, from Sweden to Argentina, and from Poland to Australia. Her manuscripts are published in an array of journal, proceedings, and books. Additionally, LeBlanc has excellent clinical skills, a keen eye and an amazing memory for clinical cases, the curiosity and wits to analyze and compare clinical situation and the energy to pursue her questions by reading, consulting or doing the research. This combined with her enthusiasm to convey her knowledge to colleagues and students has made her one of the best teachers of equine Theriogenology.

A 2900-member association, the Society for Theriogenology (SFT) was founded in 1954 to promote the practice of qualified veterinarians examining animals for breeding soundness, to facilitate these procedures by standardization of the criteria used by veterinarians, and to assemble and evaluate the various measurements of breeding soundness and to distribute this information to the members.

ACT was recognized as a veterinary specialty board by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1971. It was established as a certifying agency to recognize veterinarians as specialists in theriogenology and currently has a membership of 327 certified Diplomates.


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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