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Make your plans now to join us in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado for the 2017 Therio Conference and Equine Symposium.

We're going back to our roots this year in historical Fort Collins, CO. The first official meeting of the group that eventually became known as The Society for Theriogenology was held in Fort Collins in February of 1954. Join us as we return to the place where it all started.

Dates: August 2-5

Location: Hilton Fort Collins

CE Credit: Conference attendees can earn a total of approximately 22 hours of CE. Additional CE hours can be earned by attending the Equine Symposium on Wednesday (additional fee). More info to come.

For additional information email or call 334.395.4666.

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Conference Hotel Information

Hilton Fort Collins

Therio Conference attendees and exhibitors will receive a discounted rate at the Hilton Fort Collins when they register online or use the group code when they call for reservations.

Guests can make reservations by calling: 970-482-2626 and requesting the Society for Theriogenology group. Therio group code is  ASO. 

To book online visit:

A block of rooms has been reserved for July 29, 2017 - August 6, 2017. The special room rate will be available until July 1 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.

As a guest with the Society for Theriogenology group, your rate includes complimentary internet.


From Denver International Airport

Pena Blvd. to E470 North (Toll Rd) E470 to Interstate 25 N Interstate 25 to Exit 268 (Prospect Rd) West on Prospect Rd (4.5 miles)

Distance from Hotel:55 mi.
Drive Time:1 hr.

Typical Minimum Charge
Super Shuttle $32 USD
Taxi $70 USD

2017 Therio Conference Plenary Speakers


Dr. Cheryl Asa

Cheryl Asa received a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in zoology and psychology, then stayed to earn an MS and PhD in the University’s inter-departmental Endocrinology/Reproductive Physiology program, working jointly with horses in the Department of Veterinary Science and with macaques at the Wisconsin Regional Primate Center. After post-doctoral studies of sperm ultrastructure at Rockefeller University and of wolf reproduction at the University of Minnesota, her first experience with wildlife population control for the Bureau of Land Management, using vasectomy in free-ranging horses. Because of this experience, she was invited to serve on the recent National Academy of Science committee that reevaluated BLM wild horse management, which resulted in the 2013 report, Using Science to Improve the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program.

Dr. Asa was Director of Reproductive and Behavioral Research at the Saint Louis Zoo for 28 years, where she established and directed a contraception program for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the AZA Wildlife Contraception Center. The Center imports and distributes contraceptive products, monitors contraceptive use in zoos, coordinates research, and provides recommendations on its website. Using data collected by the Center, she co-edited the book, Wildlife Contraception: Issues, Methods and Application, published in 2005. In 2015 AZA renamed it the Reproductive Management Center (RMC), to reflect the program’s expanded scope, which now includes approaches to enhancing fertility and addressing causes of infertility in support of sustainable zoo animal populations. Dr. Asa retired from the Zoo in 2016, but still serves as Chair of the RMC Advisory Board.

Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald

With a background that ranges from numerous tours as a bouncer with The Rolling Stones, The Who, and The Police, a 25-year career in veterinary medicine that saw him named “Specialist of the Year in Private Practice” in 2006, and over 20-years of performing as a professional stand-up comedian; Kevin Fitzgerald is a true renaissance man. Perhaps best known for his 10 seasons on the popular Animal Planet TV show Emergency Vets, Kevin’s passion for making people laugh is surpassed only by his unwavering dedication to all creatures great and small. He believes it is a great privilege to be in a position where he is able to pursue a dual career doing work that he truly enjoys.

In addition to his numerous appearances on Animal Planet, Kevin has appeared on The NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, The Today Show with Matt Lauer, Fox News Channel’s Geraldo-At-Large with Geraldo Rivera, The Maury Povich Show, TNN’s Crooke and Chase, Discovery Channel’s Home Matters, and most recently CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He also hosts a weekly segment on CW2’s morning news show called Animal House, in which he keeps the public informed about pet and animal-related issues. His national radio appearances include The Howard Stern Show, as well as being featured on Paul Harvey’s The Rest of the Story.

In 2006, Kevin was incredibly honored by the opportunity to pay tribute to his friend and colleague, Steve Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter) at the 8th Annual Family Viewers Awards by presenting Steve’s wife Terri with a posthumous lifetime achievement award for her husband. Earlier that year Kevin had appeared as a guest on Steve’s show New Breed Vets on Animal Planet.

As a comedian, Kevin has opened for such diverse and legendary performers as Bob Hope, Diana Ross, The Temptations, and The Neville Brothers. Despite maintaining a busy practice at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, Kevin performs to rave reviews at nearly one hundred corporate and fundraising events annually and is in very high demand as a host, guest speaker, and lecturer at universities and veterinary conferences across the country. He believes that laughter is an incredibly important part of everyday life, and that nobody could ever laugh too much.


2017 Therio Conference & Equine Symposium Preview

The 2017 Therio Conference will be held at the fabulous Hilton in Fort Collins, Colorado! Fort Collins offers exceptional outdoor activities including relaxing parks and walking trails, beautiful golf courses, four recreation centers, and paddle boarding or kayaking for the adventure seekers. The 2017 Therio Conference will focus on the Equine Program, along with Small Animal, Food and Fiber, and Production Animal tracks.

The conference will begin on Wednesday with a limited number of veterinarians being given the opportunity to participate in an embryo transfer focused lecture and wet lab at the Equine Reproduction Center at Colorado State University. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a lecture and wet lab on Thursday. The Opening Session Abstracts will be presented on Wednesday evening, followed by the Opening Session Abstract Reception.

Thursday morning will begin at 7:30 am with the presentations of the Bartlett Award and address and the Theriogenologist of the Year award and address. The Dr. Jerry Rains Memorial Abstract Competition and Student Case Presentations will be held on Thursday along with the Society for Theriogenology and American College of Theriogenologists Business Meetings.

The Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall will be on Thursday evening with the opportunity to visit with our vendors, relax with a cocktail, and enjoy a sampling of delicious hors d’oeuvres. The TF Silent Auction will be open for browsing and bidding and the Annual Merck Student Quiz Bowl will also be held this evening.

Friday will begin with the Opening General Session, followed by species abstracts and afternoon species CE sessions. Friday evening will feature the annual Awards Dinner Reception and Awards Dinner sponsored by Merck Animal Health, followed by the TF Live Auction benefitting the Foundation.
The Small Animal CE sessions will include topics such as: canine herpesvirus I, use of acupuncture in canine reproduction, use of nomographs in pregnant bitches, variations in progesterone concentrations in normal, late term pregnant bitches, canine embryo transfer and IVF, update on Golden Retriever lifetime study, and cloning in small animals.

Production Animal topics will include: cloning, marketing therio, cervid husbandry/repro, caprine BSE, cow repro tract ultrasonic evaluation, bull repro tract ultrasonic evaluation, bull preputial injury management, bull urolithiasis management, bovine reproductive diseases related to nutrition, and toxicities affecting bovine reproduction.

Equine topics will include: effects of age and metabolic disease on the oocyte and early embryo, equine embryo transfer: current perspectives and clinical perspectives on the problem mare, practical diagnostics and therapeutics in endometritis, equine embryo transfer: current perspectives and clinical perspectives on the problem mare, how to add oocyte collection to your practice, clinical perspectives on oocyte aspiration in a private practice, clinical perspective on ICSI in a private practice, advances in semen cooling and cryopreservation and an informative stallion session.

We hope you will make plans to join us in the Rocky Mountain foothills for another memorable annual Therio Conference. More information will follow in the near future regarding conference and symposia registration, hotel reservations, and more exciting conference details including our much anticipated group outing!

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