California roles for equine reproduction specialists

Dr Bruce Christensen
Dr Bruce ChristensenDr Ghislaine Dujovne Dr Ghislaine Dujovne

Two equine reproduction specialists are joining the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis.

The hospital has announced the recent hiring of the two board-certified reproduction specialists following a two-year hiatus due to retirements.

It said its Equine Reproduction Service is once again up to full strength with the additions of Dr Bruce Christensen and Dr Ghislaine Dujovne.

Christensen, an assistant professor, will serve as chief of the Equine Reproduction Service. He comes from Iowa State University, where he was assistant professor of clinical reproduction.

Christensen said he looked forward to working with horse breeders throughout California and the entire country as the equine reproduction program was moved 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).

Hospital director Dr David Wilson said: “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 hospital’s 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.

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.

The hospital, which is part of the university’s School of Veterinary Medicine, treats more than 35,000 animals a year, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, cows, and exotic species.


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