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Dr. Michelle LeBlanc

 

Michelle LeBlanc, DVM, DACT of Gainesville, FL was selected as the 2013 David E. Bartlett Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theriogenology in recognition of her important contributions to the field of theriogenology.  Dr. Leblanc was a world recognized figure in equine theriogenology.  Her main areas of focus were mare fertility, late gestational problems in the mare, and embryo transfer. 

Dr. LeBlanc received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1977 from Michigan State University and became a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 1982.  She began her academic career at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983 as Assistant Professor in Chief Repro Service and worked her way up to Professor and Director of Equine Research.  In January 2002 she joined the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY. 

Over the years Dr. LeBlanc was involved in several veterinary organizations including the American Veterinarian Medical Association, Association of Women Veterinarians (President 2003-2005), American Association of Equine Practitioners (Board of Directors 2004-2007) and was a dedicated member of the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT) and the Society for Theriogenology (SFT).  She was the ACT President in 1997 and served in various other positions including the Examination Committee most recently (2011-2013).  She joined SFT in 1977 and remained a dedicated member.  She chaired the equine program for the Annual Therio Conference in 2007, 2009 and 2013 and also spoke at several Therio Conferences and other conferences around the world.

Dr. LeBlanc received many awards in recognition of her tremendous accomplishments including the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher, numerous other teaching awards, Best Equine Speaker from the North American Conference, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners and the Theriogenologist of the Year in 2000 from the American College of Theriogenologists.  She is one of only two people to receive both the Theriogenologist of the Year Award and the David E. Bartlett Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theriogenology.

In addition to all of Dr. LeBlanc’s tremendous professional successes she was a beloved friend to many.  At the 2012 Therio Conference a Problem Mare Symposium and Reception were held in her honor.   People came from all across the US and even around the world to show their love and support of Dr. LeBlanc.  Her combination of determination, perseverance, and an upbeat attitude in the face of adversity were truly remarkable.  She demonstrated these strengths throughout the years in her veterinary career, as she progressed at the University of Florida and then in private equine practice.  Personally these factors played strongly in her recent battle with cancer. After fighting hard for over two years she passed away on April 13, 2013. She was presented the Bartlett Award at her home in February.

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