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Make plans now to join us for next year’s Therio Conference in the beautiful city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Millions of people visit this naturally beautiful, central Midwestern city each year. Milwaukee borders Lake Michigan and offers plenty in exceptional outdoor adventures with over 150 state and county parks, 75 golf courses, and over 130 miles of bike trails. Explore revitalized architecture throughout   downtown, take in the rich brewing history at one of the many craft breweries, or experience one of the city’s famous festivals, museums, or theaters.

Enjoy the 2018 Therio Conference at the historical Hilton City Center Milwaukee.  The 2018 conference will feature Small Animal, Equine and Production Animal Tracks and a Bovine Pre-conference Seminar.


Dates: August 1-4

Location: Hilton City Center Milwaukee

Additional details coming soon!


For additional information email or call 334.395.4666.

Attendee registration click here

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors & Exhibitors

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Plenary Speakers

Conference Overview

Veterinarian Equine Embryo Transfer Symposium and Wet Lab

Student Equine Lecture and Wet Lab

2017 Therio Half-day Rafting Trip

Things to Do in Fort Collins

Exhibitor & Sponsor Information

Exhibitor & Sponsor online registration

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Exhibitor Rules

2017 Sponsorship Opportunities

Therio Conference Sponsorship Packages 

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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 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 ACT Educator's Forum will also be held Wednesday afternoon. The Opening Session Abstracts will be presented on Wednesday evening, followed by the Opening Session Abstract Reception and the Merck Student Quiz Bowl. 

During the Opening Session Reception Wednesday evening August 2, the Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday, August 3 and Fun Night August 4 at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, attendees will have the chance to experience some Fort Collins brewed craft beers, and help the Theriogenology Foundation at the same time. For $40 you will receive four samples of beer. Once you have sampled and chosen your favorite, you will get a full serving of that beer. Proceeds will benefit the Theriogenology Foundation. Tickets will be accepted at all events.

Thursday morning will begin at 7:30 am with the presentations of the Bartlett Award for Lifetime Acheivement in Theriogenology 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 Fun Night event on Thursday evening will be held at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Merging the history of science and the science of history into an interactive and engaging experience that offers the best of both worlds! There is so much to see, do, and have fun with at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, Tour the museum, enjoy heavy hor d'oeuvres, a cash bar, or taste some local craft beer (additional ticket to benefit TF required). You’ll come away amazed, intrigued, and with a new view of your world.

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.

Saturday will continue with a full day of species CE sessions. 

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.

Equine Embryo Transfer & Embryo Vitrification Educational Course for Veterinarians Only

DATE: August 2, 2017, CE: 8 CE hours

Additional cost, course is limited to 30 participants

Course Description: This one-day course on equine embryo transfer will provide veterinarians with four (4) hours of lecture and four (4) hours of practical laboratory experience from some of the world leaders in equine embryo transfer. Lectures will include donor mare management, embryo collection procedures, embryo evaluation, recipient mare management, non-surgical transfer of embryos and vitrification. Laboratory experiences will include embryo collection techniques, handling of embryos (using bovine IVF generated embryos and microspheres), evaluation of embryos, cooled-transport of embryos, non-surgical transfer of embryos and vitrification.

Colorado State University has a long history of research, clinical service, and continuing education in the field of equine embryo transfer. The continuing education programs in equine reproduction are renowned for being practical and thorough with an innovative hands-on approach.

Courses held at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory Colorado State University, 3101 Rampart Rd., Fort Collins, CO 80521

View flyer here.

Student Equine Wet Lab 

Additional cost, limited seating

DATE: August 3, 2017

8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Students will arrive back at the Hilton by 2:45 pm to attend the student case presentations.

Additional cost, course is limited to 40 participants

The goal of this one-day course is to provide veterinary students with an opportunity
to learn about common reproductive procedures performed in equine clinical practice. Laboratory sessions will provide hands-on opportunities for semen collection, semen evaluation and processing, palpation and ultrasonography of the mare reproductive tract, collection and interpretation of common uterine diagnostics, and uterine lavage and intrauterine infusion for management of endometritis. To allow for a full day of wet labs, a series of online modules will be available to review the procedures that will be performed in the lab.

All students attending the wet lab should have watched the modules prior to August 3.

View flyer here.

2017 Therio half-day rafting trip

Be sure to make plans to join us for this fun, post conference activity. Raft the rapids on Colorado’s only “Wild and Scenic River” near Fort Collins and Estes Park, the Cache la Poudre! This half-day morning adventure provides almost continuous rapids to keep your adrenaline flowing, and the chances to see eagles, deer, black bear, and big horn sheep will keep your eyes open. Be sure to include this fun trip in your conference registration. Only $58, transportation provided.

Click here for information on this trip,

For additional information email or call 334.395.4666.

Things to Do in Fort Collins

Explore the many outdoor adventures that Fort Collins has to offer such as biking, fishing, hiking, golf, and horseback riding. Click on the link below to select any of the activities from the page or click on the activities under “Things to Do” on the Visit Fort Collins web site.


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