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After consideration of the survey responses provided by a large number of our membership and taking into account the current situation related to Covid-19, the SFT Executive Board has decided that the best option for our 2020 Therio Conference is to host a virtual conference. While we know many were looking forward to visiting Pittsburgh, we can assure you that our future meeting plans will include this beautiful city.  While we will miss being together in person this year, we are excited for the opportunity to still be able to present the education and research that our presenters and conference committee have worked so hard to put together for this year’s program.

The event is scheduled for the original conference dates, July 22 - 25. Please visit the Therio 2020 Therio Conference website for the detailed agenda. You will be able to view the complete schedule and speaker information once you have registered, but will not be able to view the presentations until their scheduled times.

This program has been approved for 32 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval. 12.25 CE credits for attending the live session can be earned and up to 27 CE hours for attending the complete recorded conference (pending approval). Additional CE hours may be available, based on your state’s CE requirements and guidelines. Abstract presentations are not RACE approved due to the length of each individual presentation. All times for the live conference will be Central Daylight Time. 

Registration will be remain open during the conference. After registering, you will receive a link as soon as possible. The recorded conference will remain available for up to 6 months post-conference.

Registration pricing:

SFT Member: $175
Non-SFT Member: $275
Resident/Mentorship ACT candidates: $125
Veterinary Technicians: $175
Student SFT Members: Free


Virtual Exhibit Hall Information

Registration for the 2020 Therio Conference Virtual Exhibit Hall is now open! 

Thank you for your patience as we have been working with our audio visual provider, PSAV, to set up our Virtual Exhibit Hall to showcase your products to our 2020 Therio Conference attendees. We have four levels of packages for your selection with the option of adding a Private Virtual Meeting Room to any booth. Please see the information sheet below that details the booth elements, pricing, and provides examples of how your virtual booth will appear. The Virtual Exhibit Hall will be open during the conference dates, July 22-25.

Please email to confirm your booth selection and receive additional information or register online.

Therio Conference Virtual Exhibit Hall Pricing & Elements

Exhibitor Registration

2020 Sponsors & Exhibitors 

Speaker Bios

Conference Agenda

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors & Exhibitors!

Platinum Plus Sponsor

Merck Animal Health

Platinum Sponsors


Lane Manufacturing, Inc.

Universal Imaging, Inc.

Silver Sponsors

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

Sonosite - A Fujifilm Company

American College of Theriogenologists


Bronze Sponsors

American Kennel Club

Animal Reproduction Systems, Inc.

Christian Veterinary Mission

E.I. Medical Imaging

Minitube USA

Multimin USA

2020 Exhibitors

The American Kennel Club, Inc., Animal Reproduction Systems, Inc., Christian Veterinary Mission, E.I. Medical Imaging, IDEXX, Lane Manufacturing, Inc., Merck Animal Health, Multimin USA, Minitube USA, Sonosite-A Fujifilm Company, Universal Imaging, Inc., Zoetis


2020 Conference Agenda


Wednesday, July 22
5:00 pm-7:00 pm Opening Session Abstracts
Thursday, July 23
8:30 am-9:00 am Theriogenologist of the Year Award and address
9:00 am – 10:45 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
3:00 pm-5:30 pm Student Research Presentations
Sponsored by IDEXX
Student Case Presentations
Sponsored by Merck Animal Health
Friday, July 24
8:00 am-9:00 am The future is coming! - New technologies being applied to reproduction in animals and man Katrin Hinrichs, DVM, PhD, DACT
9:00 am-10:00 am In search of stem cell efficacy – immunogenicity matters Ashlee Watts, DVM, PhD, DACVS

10:15 am-12:15 pm Scientific Abstracts
12:15 pm-1:15 pm Scientific Abstract Poster Presentations
Small Animal Track
Sponsored by IDEXX
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Introduction to stem cells – what they are, how to grow them, how to make them do what we want them to Diane Carlisle, PhD
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm Stem cells and female infertility Dori Woods, PhD
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Using pluripotent stem cells to treat male factor infertility Charles Easley, PhD
Production Animal Track
Sponsored by Lane Manufacturing, Inc.
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Postpartum anestrus of beef cows: importance and evaluation Bob L. Larson, DVM, PhD,DACT, ACVPM-Epi, ACAN
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Using the pregnancy analytics app to add value to pregnancy diagnosis of beef herds Bob L. Larson, DVM, PhD, DACT, ACVPM-Epi, ACAN
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Bull reproductive development and sperm production enhancement Ahmed Tibary DMV, MS, DSc, PhD, DACT
Equine Track
Sponsored by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital 
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Embryo-maternal communication during the establishment of equine pregnancy
Michelle LeBlanc Memorial Equine Lecture
Tom Stout, VetMB, MA, PhD, DECAR, KNMvD
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm The role of mare age in early pregnancy loss
Michelle LeBlanc Memorial Equine Lecture
Tom Stout, VetMB, MA, PhD, DECAR, KNMvD
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Reproductive endocrinology and immunology of the pregnant mare Barry Ball, DVM, PhD, DACT

Saturday, July 25

7:00 am – 8:00 am So you want to become a Diplomate?                     
12:15 pm-1:15 pm Student Case Poster Presentations
Sponsored by IDEXX
Small Animal Track
Sponsored by IDEXX
8:00 am – 9:00 am Current state of embryo transfer in dogs Karine Reynaud, PhD
9:00 am – 10:00 am Current state of IVM/IVF in dogs Karine Reynaud, PhD
10:15 am – 11:15 am “This stud's a dud!”- Canine semen evaluation protocols and pitfalls Joann Randall, DVM, DACT
11:15 am – 12:15 pm “Boys in a box”-Chilled and frozen canine semen shipments Joann Randall, DVM, DACT
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Evaluation of canine nomograph as a tool to improve puppy immunization outcomes Laurie Larson, DVM
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Pedigree analysis and genetic counseling Cynthia O'Connor, DVM, DACT
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm Genetic testing and inbreeding coefficients Cynthia O'Connor, DVM, DACT
Production Animal Track
Sponsored by Lane Manufacturing, Inc.
8:00 am – 9:00 am Fetal programming: maternal-fetal interactions Caleb O. Lemley, PhD
9:00 am – 10:00 am Fetal programming: postnatal performance Caleb O. Lemley, PhD
10:15 am – 11:15 am Physiology and reproductive techniques for the whitetail doe Jason Coe, DVM
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Advanced reproduction and semen collection in whitetail deer Jason Coe, DVM
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Urogenital surgery in camelids Ahmed Tibary DMV, MS, DSc, PhD, DACT
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Postpartum factors influencing fertility James D. Ferguson, BA, MS, VMD
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm Dairy reproductive management programs James D. Ferguson, BA, MS, VMD
Equine Track
Sponsored by Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
8:00 am – 9:00 am Genomics and transcriptomics of the normal and abnormal equine placenta: A better understanding of late gestational function and dysfunction Barry Ball, DVM, PhD, DACT
9:00 am – 10:00 am Cervix and myometrium: Role in preterm and normal term birth in the mare Barry Ball, DVM, PhD, DACT
10:15 am – 11:15 am Managing recipient mares to optimize pregnancy rates in an equine ART program Tom Stout, VetMB, MA, PhD, DECAR, KNMvD
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Factors that threaten late pregnancy: How can we detect them? Margo Macpherson, DVM, MS, PhD, DACT
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm What do we know about medication in equine pregnancy? Margo Macpherson, DVM, MS, PhD, DACT
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Management of dystocia Pat McCue, DVM, PhD, DACT
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm Clinical Cases Discussion Margo Macpherson, DVM, MS, PhD, DACT; Pat McCue, DVM, PhD, DACT; and Tom Stout, VetMB, MA, PhD, DECAR, KNMvD;




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