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Althouse Honoured with Penn Vet Endowed Chair

by 5m Editor
28 October 2011, at 8:24am

US - Gary C. Althouse, DVM, PhD, professor and chair of Department of Clinical Studies at University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center has recently been named to the Marion Dilley and David George Jones Endowed Chair in Animal Reproduction.

“The ability to both honour and reward the most important contributors to Penn Vet is a powerful tool for the Dean,” said Joan C. Hendricks, VMD, PhD, The Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine at Penn Vet.

“An endowed Chair is the highest honour available in academia, and the Jones Chair is a wonderful gift. With the naming of Dr Althouse to this Chair, we are able to highlight his contributions in research to improve reproduction in many species, his extensive service to food producers globally, and – perhaps most important to the Penn Vet community – enable him to continue his crucial service to the School as a Department Chair without sacrificing his ongoing laboratory research."

Dr Althouse has served as chairman of the Department of Clinical Studies at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center since 2007. A professor of reproduction and swine herd health, his primary areas of interest include comparative theriogenology; swine production medicine; andrology; spermatology; and semen analysis. He is widely published in these fields and his expertise is sought internationally.

A member of numerous professional, honour and scientific societies, Dr Althouse is also the lead scientific advisor for the National Association of Animal Breeders-Certified Semen Service. A native of Pennsylvania, he received his BS from Sul Ross State University, MS from Texas A&M University and completed a combined program leading to both DVM and PhD degrees at Iowa State University. Dr Althouse is a Diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists.

Lawrence R. Soma, VMD, DACVA, professor of anesthesia and the Marilyn M. Simpson Professor of Veterinary Medicine, said: “As chairman of the New Bolton Center Endowed Chair Committee, it was my pleasure to recommend to the Dean the committee’s unanimous choice of Dr Althouse as the Marion Dilley and David George Jones Endowed Chair in Animal Reproduction. Dr Althouse will continue the distinguished tradition of previous stewards of this Chair.”