Small Animal Reproduction

Penn Vet Reproduction for companion animalsOur reproductive specialists understand the emotional commitment, financial investment, and pride that go into breeding and showing purebred dogs and cats. Be assured that we will assist you with all of your reproductive needs to produce and maintain the healthiest breeding stock possible.

Our board-certified reproductive specialists offer state-of-the-art reproductive services for both male and female dogs and cats.

We want to provide you with the optimal tools for an excellent breeding program and outstanding offspring.

Our board-certified reproductive specialists offer state-of-the-art reproductive services such as:

  • Breeding soundness examination
  • Semen collection, evaluation, freezing, shipping, and storage
  • Side-by-side artificial insemination
  • Pregnancy evaluation

Our veterinarians are available for consultations on infertility in male and female cats and dogs, as well as on developing and maintaining sound breeding programs.

Pedigrees may be reviewed as needed and nutritional guidelines during pregnancy discussed.

The Section of Medical Genetics offers a unique pediatrics, genetics and reproduction clinic through the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital. Clinics are conducted on Monday and Tuesday mornings and provide a dedicated time for hospital clients to meet with faculty and residents as well as fourth-year veterinary students.

The clinic is focused on the examination of animals with known or suspected inherited disorders, for which genetic counseling or special diagnostic studies may be required. The clinic also emphasizes pediatric preventive health programs and deals with evaluation of normal development of neonatal and growing puppies and kittens. It provides routine immunizations, treatment and prevention of parasitism as well as nutritional counseling and guidance.

Regarding reproduction, the clinic is a place for clients to discuss and explore all issues related to propagating successful, competent and sound breeding practices. Artificial insemination and assessment of fertility problems in both sexes of canine and feline species as well as advise regarding castration and spaying are offered.

This clinic is available to the public on a non-referral basis, and breeders and new puppy or kitten "parents" are encouraged to contact us. It also serves as a referral clinic for more complex disorders and problems related to pediatrics, genetics, and reproduction. Clients may also be referred here by their primary care veterinarian.

PennGen is a genetic testing facility operated through the Section of Medical Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine.

It is a collection of laboratories that coordinate as a not-for-profit unit, offering routine testing for a variety of genetic diseases, metabolic screening for inborn errors of metabolism, and a number of other diagnostic genetic services.

Resources include:

PennGen Diagnostic Services
Laboratory Contact
 Metabolic Screening, Fanconi Syndrome
and Urine Cystinuria Testing
 DNA Testing, Blood Typing, Hematology 215-898-3375
 Genetic Skin Disease/Cytogenetics Laboratory DogDerm@vet.upenn.edu
 JDCM Testing 215-898-5703

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