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Make plans now to join us for the 2018 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 Milwaukee City Center. The 2018 conference will feature Small Animal, Equine and Production Animal Tracks a Bovine Veterinarian Symposium & Dry Lab and a Student Bovine Reproductive Ultrasound Seminar & Wet Lab.

Full conference participation plus the pre-conference Bovine Symposium and Dry Lab offers 34.7 CE hours, with a total of 72.5 CE hours to choose from. Symposium and Dry Lab seating is limited and additional fees apply.

Dates: August 1-4

Location: Hilton Milwaukee City Center

Bovine Veterinarian Symposium & Dry Lab
sponsored by Lane Manufacturing, Inc. and Multimin USA
additional support provided by Jorgensen Laboratories

Wednesday, August 1

Lecture only: 8 am-3 pm

Lecture and Dry Lab: 8 am-5:30 pm

The Society for Theriogenology has long been associated with the evaluation of breeding potential of bulls in natural service and the production of semen by the artificial industry. The Bovine Symposium in Milwaukee will provide in depth discussions of bull breeding soundness, including the latest updates in the standards for veterinarians providing fertility evaluation of breeding bulls. Detailed discussions of the collection and examination of semen in the field will be covered in both the lectures and in the laboratory sessions.  The use of sex sorted semen and the maintenance of quality control in bull studs will be included in the afternoon session. 

Veterinarians have the opportunity to attend the lecture only or participate in the lecture and dry lab. Veterinarians have the opportunity to earn 8 CE hours by participating in the lecture and dry lab.

Student Bovine Reproductive Ultrasound Seminar & Wet Lab
sponsored by E.I. Medical Imaging
additional support provided by Bovine Services LLC

Lecture: Wednesday, August 1
                2-5 pm

Wet Lab (sold out): Thursday, August 2
                                   6 am-12:30 pm

Classroom discussion will include early pregnancy and twin diagnosis, ovarian structures and staging the cycle, uterine pathology, fetal sexing, fetal anomalies, fetal and embryonic death, and uterine pathology. At the wet lab students will each have an opportunity to examine a few cows with machines provided by E.I. Medical Imaging.

This seminar is intended for SFT student members that are in the professional degree curriculum leading to a DVM, VMD or other equivalent degree. Students have the opportunity to attend the lecture only or the lecture and wet lab. 

For additional information email or call 334.395.4666.

Canine Breeder Excellence Seminar Track

Sunday, August 5
8:00 am-3:30 pm
Hilton Milwaukee City Center

Register here!

Make plans to stay through Sunday afternoon to attend this CBEST that you will not want to miss!

Dr. Carla Barstow - "The Boys - Managing the stud dog"
Dr. Victor Stora - "Popular Sire syndrome "

John Lichty- MOFA - "Managing the chilled shipment breeding"

Dr. Karen Von Dollen - “Staging the c-section"
Dr. Tessa Flamengo - "Dystocia - difficult birth and when do you need veterinary assistance?"
Dr. Erin Chu - Embark - "Genetic testing and breed management in the age of personalized genomics"

Attendee registration is now open!

2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Hotel Information

Fun Night

Therio Group Outing


Plenary Speakers

Conference Schedule

Bovine Symposium Agenda

Exhibitor & Sponsor Information

Exhibitor & Sponsor online registration

Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors! 

(as of 7/9/2018)

Platinum Plus Sponsor

Merck Animal Health

Platinum Sponsors

Lane Manufacturing, Inc.
Multimin USA
Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and Veterinary Pharmacy

Gold Sponsors

E.I. Medical Imaging
Universal Imaging, Inc.
Vetoquinol USA

Silver Sponsors

American College of Theriogenologists
Professional Embryo Transfer Supply, Inc.
Theriogenology Foundation

Bronze Sponsors

Bovine Services LLC
Embark Veterinary, Inc.
Michelson Found Animals Foundation, Inc.
Minitube USA

2018 Exhibitors

The American Kennel Club, Inc., Animal Reproduction Systems, Inc., Aurora Pharmaceutical, B.E.T. Pharm/B.E.T. Labs; bioMerieux, Breeder's Choice, Canine Reproductive Consultants, ChemoMetec A/S; Christian Veterinary Mission, Embark Veterinary, Inc., E.I. Medical Imaging, Fertility Technology Resources, Inc., Hagyard Pharmacy, IMV Technologies USA, Jorgensen Laboratories, KARL STORZ Veterinary Endoscopy of America, Lane Manufacturing, Inc., Marshfield Labs, Merck Animal Health, Minitube USA, MOFA Global, Multimin USA, Professional Embryo Transfer Supply, Inc., Puppywarmer, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and Veterinary Pharmacy, Sonosite-A Fujifilm Company, Spectrum Veterinary, Tosoh Bioscience, Inc., Universal Imaging, Inc., Veterinary Books by Success Concepts, Vetoquinol USA

Hotel Information

The conference hotel is the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Reservations can be made at the group rate by calling: 414.271.7250 and mentioning the group name “Society for Theriogenology” or using the booking link: Therio Conference Hotel.


Hilton Milwaukee City Center
509 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53203

Group rates are available until July 3 or until the room block is sold out. 

Fun Night 

The Fun Night event will be held at the Harley-Davidson Museum Thursday, August 2. The Merck Student Quiz Bowl will also be held off-site this year during Thursday evening events. Ticket purchase includes entry to the Museum and heavy hors d'oeuvres.

Therio Group Outing 

Make plans to join us for the post-conference Therio Group Outing! We will be heading to Miller Park Saturday evening to watch the Milwaukee Brewers host the Colorado Rockies. Tickets can be purchased during registration and include transportation to and from the game.

Transportation Services

Visit the Milwaukee Visitor's Bureau website for recommended transportation services:

Plenary Speakers




Peter J. Hansen, PhD

 Peter J. Hansen is a Distinguished Professor and L.E. “Red” Larson Professor of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida. His research focuses on the biology of pregnancy and embryonic survival and development of methods to improve fertility and assisted reproductive technologies in livestock (particularly dairy cattle).   Particular emphasis is placed on elucidating effects of elevated temperature on pregnancy, characterizing the nature of maternal control of early embryonic development and identifying genes controlling embryonic survival and fertility.  In addition, work is underway to develop methods to improve dairy cow fertility during heat stress and to increase profitable uses of embryo transfer. Hansen has published over 280 peer-reviewed research papers and mentored 44 graduate students, 14 postdoctoral fellows and 47 visiting scientists. His research has been funded by USDA, NIH, BARD and the Southeast Milk Check-Off Program. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.  Among his awards are the Physiology and Endocrinology Award from ASAS (2002), Land O’Lakes Award (2010) from the ADSA, the Trainee Mentoring Award (2010) and Research Award (2014) from the Society for the Study of Reproduction. Hansen served as President of the International Congress of Animal Reproduction, the ASRI (2004-2006) and the IETS (2013-2014).  He also served as Treasurer of the ASRI (2010-2014) and IETS (2008-2010). He is currently a member of the Section O Steering Committee (Agriculture, Food and Renewable Resources) for AAAS, Treasurer of SSR and a member of the Board of Directors of ASAS.  


 Mark Mirando, PhD

Dr. Mark Mirando is National Program Leader of Animal Nutrition, Growth and Reproduction with the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) where he’s provided leadership for competitive grant programs in animal reproduction and animal growth for over 17 years.  He has led or co-led 9 different competitive grant programs and been instrumental in creating 4 of those programs, including an interagency program with the National Institutes of Health.  Mark also serves as NIFA’s Science Coordinator for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, providing overarching coordination of scientific and peer-review integrity for the USDA’S flagship competitive grant program funded at $375 million/year.  He is currently in his eighth term as Associate Editor for the Journal of Animal Science and has served on the editorial boards for 4 journals.  Before joining NIFA, Dr. Mirando served on the faculty of the Department of Animal Sciences at Washington State University from 1990 to 2000 where his research on cell signaling in the uterus of domestic ungulates attained international recognition and was supported by competitive grants from the USDA National Research Initiative and the National Institutes of Health.  In addition to instructing the largest undergraduate course in his department for 10 years, Dr. Mirando also mentored 11 graduate students and 3 postdoctoral scholars.  His own postdoctoral studies in uterine biology were performed at the University of Florida after receiving his PhD in 1987 and MS in 1982 from the University of Connecticut in reproductive endocrinology and a BS in dairy science from Tennessee Technological University in 1979.  He received the Endocrine Society's Nichols Institute New Investigator Award in 1990, the Young Scientist Award in 1996 from the Western Section of the American Society of Animal Science, the R.M. Wade Award for Excellence in Instruction in Agriculture at Washington State University in 2000 and most recently, the 2015 NIFA Director’s Award for Excellence in Science and Education.


 2018 Conference Agenda 

Wednesday, August 1

1:00 pm-5:00 pm ACT Educator's Forum
sponsored by the Theriogenology Foundation

The Educator’s forum will focus on adapting the theriogenology curriculum to the newly outlined Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) by the AAVMC.  Educator’s will be asked to assist with creating milestones that are compatible across all curriculums.  

2:00 pm-5:00 pm Veterinary Student Bovine Ultrasound Lecture
(additional registration required)
Jill Colloton, DVM
5:00 pm-7:00 pm Opening Session Abstracts
7:00 pm-8:00 pm Opening Session Reception

8:00 am-5:30 pm          Bovine Veterinarian Symposium & Dry Lab
                                      sponsored by Lane Manufacturing, Inc.
                                      (additional registration required)

Thursday, August 2

6:45 am-12:00 pm Veterinary Student Bovine Ultrasound Wet Lab
(additional registration required)
Jill Colloton, DVM
7:30 am-9:00 am Bartlett Award and address             
TOY Award and address
9:00 am-11:00 am Dr. Jerry Rains Memorial Abstract Competition
sponsored by Merck Animal Health
11:00 am-12:00 pm SFT Business Meeting
1:00 pm-3:00 pm ACT Business Meeting
2:00 pm-3:00 pm Student Chapter Representatives Meeting

3:30 pm-5:00 pm Student Case Presentations
5:00 pm-5:30 pm Student/Mentor Reception
5:00 pm-6:30 pm Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall
Silent Auction opens
6:30 pm-9:00 pm Fun Night at the Harley-Davidson Museum
Quiz Bowl will be held off-site during Fun Night
(additional ticket required)

Friday, August 3
Plenary Session sponsored by American College of Theriogenologists

8:00 am-9:00 am Programming of development during embryonic and fetal life and its
consequences for subsequent production
Peter Hansen, PhD
9:00 am-10:00 am Program priorities at the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture: Tips for successful grant writing Mark Mirando, PhD
10:30 am-12:30 pm Abstract Presentations

Small Animal Track

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Update on the Working Dog Project Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Reproductive challenges in small mammals and pocket pets Kurt K. Sladky, DVM, MS, DACZM, DECZM
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Reproductive challenges in pet birds and reptiles Kurt K. Sladky, DVM, MS, DACZM, DECZM

Production Animal Track
sponsored by Lane Manufacturing, Inc.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Evolution of cervine, caprine and ovine sex-sorted semen processing Clara Gonzalez-Marin, MS
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Adding Laparoscopic AI to your small ruminant practice – A practical view Swanand Sathe, BVSc, MVSc, MS, DACT
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Association between subclinical hypocalcemia and postpartum health disorders in dairy cattle Carlos Risco, DVM, DACT

Equine Track
sponsored by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Veterinary Pharmacy

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Why does human infant 'skin to skin' mothering care improve premature infant survival and brain development? Possible answers from the neonatal foal John Madigan, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACAW
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Neonatal Maladjustment Syndrome- treatment results with conventional therapy vs use of the Madigan squeeze procedure John Madigan, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACAW
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Planning and management of mares and recipients for healthy pregnancies and foals Claire Card, DVM, PhD, DACT
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Awards Dinner Reception
7:00 pm – 10:30 pm Awards Dinner and Live Auction
sponsored by Merck Animal Health

Saturday, August 4

7:00 am-8:00 am So you want to become a Diplomate?
7:00 am-8:00 am Career Paths in Theriogenology
10:30 am Silent Auction ends

Small Animal Track

8:00 am – 9:00 am Abnormalities of the estrus cycle Fran Smith, DVM, PhD, DACT
9:00 am – 10:00 am Diagnostic approaches to pregnancy loss Fran Smith, DVM, PhD, DACT
10:30 am – 11:30 am Ovary-sparing spay: Considerations, case selection, and client education Fran Smith, DVM, PhD, DACT
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Canine genetic testing in the age of genomics and citizen science Erin Chu, DVM, PhD
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Integrating canine semen freezing into private practice Ana Adams, DVM, MS, DACT
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Essential equipment for your andrology laboratory Natalie Fraser, DVM, MS, DACT
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm Processing techniques for canine semen Natalie Fraser, DVM, MS, DACT
Production Animal Track
sponsored by Lane Manufacturing, Inc.
8:00 am – 9:00 am Bull fertility in the context of sperm and seminal plasma microRNAs Vanmathy Kasimanickam, DVM, MS, DACVPM
9:00 am – 10:00 am Challenges facing dairy reproductive management Ray Nebel, PhD
10:30 am – 11:30 am Embryo transfer as a reproductive management tool Peter Hansen, PhD
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Can we improve fertility with nutrition
or just avoid disasters?
 William Swecker, Jr., DVM,     PhD, DACVN
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Application of gene-editing in livestock – updates and prospects Kiho Lee, PhD
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Attaining reproductive solutions through activity monitoring Ray Nebel, PhD
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm Effect of mastitis on reproductive performance in dairy cows Carlos Risco, DVM, DACT

Equine Track
sponsored by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and Veterinary Pharmacy

8:00 am – 9:00 am An updated review of intrauterine
treatments and efficacy
 Soon Hon Cheong, DVM,       PhD, DACT
9:00 am – 10:00 am What the equine uterine microbiome
can tell us about current therapies for uterine disease
 Reed Holyoak, DVM,             PhD, DACT
10:30 am – 11:30 am Equine placental microbiome Jenny Sones, DVM, PhD, DACT
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Management of high risk pregnancies Claire Card, DVM, PhD, DACT
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Management of common stallion challenges Sue McDonnell, MA, PhD
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm Understanding and managing age-related subfertility in the stallion Regina Turner, VMD, PhD, DACT
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm Stallion FAQ / Roundtable Discussion Sue McDonnell, MA, PhD Regina Turner, VMD, PhD, DACT

6:10 pm                         Therio Group Outing-Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Game
                                      (additional ticket required)

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