The American Kennel Club, the AKC Canine Health Foundation and The Theriogenology Foundation Announce 2016 Companion Animal Residencies


The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry, the Theriogenology Foundation and the AKC Canine Health Foundation announce that the recently established American Kennel Club/Theriogenology Foundation Companion Animal Residencies in Theriogenology are being renewed and expanded to four universities in 2016.

All of the residencies are made possible by generous grants from the AKC and the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) and are for new residents who begin their studies in 2016. The programs will exist at Auburn University, North Carolina State University, The Ohio State University and University of Pennsylvania. Each grant is in the amount of $100,000, to be used for study over 2-3 years. Existing residencies funded through this grant in 2014 and ending this year were for programs at University of California/Davis, Auburn University and University of Pennsylvania.

“We are proud to partner with the Theriogenology Foundation to continue our ongoing commitment to canine health research,” said Dennis Sprung, President and CEO of the AKC. “Helping to cultivate future veterinarians and health researchers is essential to the wellbeing of all dogs. We look forward to seeing their contributions to canine wellness.”

“Purpose-bred dogs make valuable contributions to our society from helping those with disabilities to public safety,” said Dr. Charles Franz, Executive Director of the Theriogenology Foundation.  “These dogs have genetically predetermined traits that are essential to the jobs that they do. The developments made in clinical theriogenology enhance responsible dog breeders’ ability to produce healthy litters that can continue to aide our societal needs.”

Theriogenology is the branch of veterinary medicine that focuses on reproduction, including the physiology and pathology of male and female reproductive systems of animals and the clinical practice of veterinary obstetrics, gynecology, and andrology.  

Since 1884, the AKC has recognized that the pedigree is the best tool for improving canine health temperament and working skills. The ever-changing world of clinical theriogenology and genetic testing has given breeders the necessary tools to produce healthier litters and puppies with predictable temperaments that fit into owners’ lifestyles. Through this grant, the AKC and CHF acknowledge that meeting the needs of their members means investing in the education of the next generation of veterinary specialists.

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