UC Davis Welcomes Equine Reproduction Specialists

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis), William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) is pleased to announce the recent hiring of two board-certified reproduction specialists. Following a two-year hiatus due to retirements, the VMTH Equine Reproduction Service is once again up to full strength with the additions of Bruce Christensen, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, and Ghislaine Dujovne, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT.

Christensen, assistant professor, will serve as chief of Equine Reproduction Service. He comes to UC Davis from Iowa State University where he was assistant professor of clinical reproduction. "I am thrilled to be part of such a world-class institution," states Christensen. "I look forward to working with horse breeders throughout California and the entire country as we move this program forward."

Dujovne, who will serve as associate staff veterinarian and clinical professor of equine reproduction, previously served as a clinical instructor at Auburn University, where she also completed her residency in theriogenology (clinical reproduction and obstetrics).

"We are excited to add to the VMTH's already outstanding faculty and staff," states W. David Wilson, DVM, MS, BVMS, MRCVS, director of the VMTH. "Replenishment of our Equine Reproduction Service has been a high priority. The addition of Drs. Christensen and Dujovne will re-establish our connection to the equine breeding industry, and expand services to horse breeders, while also fulfilling our mission to train veterinarians to serve the needs of horsemen in the future."

The VMTH Equine Reproduction Service along with the UC Davis Center for Equine Health will provide routine and advanced reproductive care for mares, including but not limited to, diagnostic work-ups on infertile mares, artificial insemination, ultrasonographic pregnancy diagnosis, twin reduction, pregnant mare care, obstetrics, and foaling management. Services provided for stallions include fertility evaluation, investigation of infertility, stallion breeding management, semen collection and evaluation, preparation and shipment of cooled semen, and freezing of semen. Also available are advanced reproductive technologies, including embryo transfer and collection and freezing of epididymal sperm.

"Our overarching clinical goal is to provide horse breeders with the most current, effective breeding management and fertility options available at an affordable cost," continues Christensen.

In addition to horses, Christensen and Dujovne will also work with alpacas, llamas and, in the future, small animals as they develop student teaching and resident training programs in comparative theriogenology.

Learn more about the VMTH's Equine Reproduction Service on their website. To schedule an appointment, please call the VMTH Large Animal Clinic at 530/752-0290.

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