What is Theriogenology?
Theriogenology encompasses all aspects of veterinary reproductive medicine and surgery. This includes the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology, as well as all aspects of clinical practice related to male and female animal reproduction, obstetrics, and neonatology. The term Theriogenology is derived from the ancient Greek words "Therio” meaning beast or animal, "gen” as in genesis meaning creation or generation, and "ology” meaning study of.
The Theriogenology Club functions as the Student Chapter of the Society for Theriogenology (SFT) and provides educational opportunities that go above and beyond what students learn in the classroom. These include lectures over a wide range of topics from Penn’s own clinicians, other specialists, outside researchers, and industry representatives. In addition, hands-on wet labs that span from basic techniques like semen collection and palpation per rectum, to advanced reproduction techniques like ultrasound/pregnancy exam on sheep, and obstetric labs are conducted.
Benefits for SFT Student Members
- Low annual dues
- Participation in hands-on wet labs
- Membership in the Society for Theriogenology
- Free Society for Theriogenology membership the first year after graduation
- Discounted Theriogenology Conference registration
- One free conference registration in the first 5 years after graduation
- Online subscription to Clinical Theriogenology Journal
- Online access to Society for Theriogenology conference and symposia proceedings
- Access to Theriogenology Rounds on VIN
- Access to members-only portion of SFT website
How to Get Involved
Students are encouraged to join the Society for Theriogenology at the beginning of each fall semester.
Contact the faculty advisors for contact information of current club officers and planned club activities.
Club Member Opportunities
Nandi Scholars Program
The Theriogenology Foundation recognizes and rewards final year veterinary students who have demonstrated superior potential for future clinical and scholarly excellence and leadership in Theriogenology. Winners are awarded $10,000 prize.
Proficiency in Theriogenology Award
The Society for Theriogenology recognizes one senior at each veterinary school/college. The faculty at each school/college will be involved in the selection of a graduating student and will make the presentation of the award plaque on an appropriate day such as Senior Awards Day.
The Society for Theriogenology recognizes one senior at each veterinary school who is selected by the faculty and receives an award plaque at graduation.
Student Case Presentations
The Society for Theriogenology promotes a competitive series for clinical cases during its annual conference. Students are judged on the quality of their written case investigation and the quality of the presentation. First-place: $650; Second-place: $520; Third-place: $450.
Student Research Presentations
The Society for Theriogenology promotes a competitive series for experimental research during its annual conference. Students are judged on the quality of their abstract and the quality of the presentation. First-place: $650; Second-place: $520; Third-place: $450.
The Theriogenology Foundation offers a grant opportunity for veterinary students presenting abstracts, posters, or case presentations at the annual Theriogenology Conference. In addition, students who are participating as a member of a quiz bowl team may also apply.
The Theriogenology Foundation offers a grant to support experiential educational advancement of students interested in Theriogenology. Primary consideration will be given to funding requests which provide an educational experience in theriogenology that is beyond the scope of the basic curriculum. Preference is given to applicants applying for externships with either ACT or SFT members.
Student Chapter of the Year Award
This award is be based on student involvement both at their respective schools as well as at the national meeting. First-place: $1,000; Second-place: $500.
The Merck Student Quiz Bowl is held during the annual Theriogenology conference. This event features teams of 3 students from each Chapter and include questions covering theriogenology in all species. First-place: $300; Second-place: $100.
T-shirt Design Competition
Does your SFT student chapter have a fun t-shirt design? Bring it to the conference for the annual SFT T-shirt Design competition. First-place: $300; Second-place: $100.
Also have the option to sell their shirts during the conference for extra fundraising dollars if they so choose.
The annual Theriogenology Conference provides an excellent opportunity for veterinary students to expand their knowledge of theriogenology as well as time to meet and interact with Diplomates, veterinarians and other students who share their interest in animal reproduction.
2022 Theriogenology Conference
- Location: Bellevue, Washington
- Dates: 7/20/2022 to 7/23/2022
The American College of Theriogenologists
Theriogenology is a specialty recognized by The AVMA’s American Board of Veterinary Specialties since 1974. The American College of Theriogenologists (ACT) is the organization certifying veterinarians as specialists in Theriogenology, who are identified as Diplomates of the American College of Theriogenologists or DACT.
The Society for Theriogenology
The Society for Theriogenology (SFT) is an organization created to establish and promote standards of excellence in theriogenology practice, serve as a resource for scientific exchange, and encourage a network for collegial exchange. Membership is open to veterinarians, residents, interns, veterinary students, and veterinary technicians.
The Theriogenology Foundation
The Theriogenology Foundation (TF) is a non-profit organization which believes that the preservation and reproduction of animals is essential to human welfare. The foundation supports theriogenology education and research through a series of initiatives, programs, and grants.