Thu, 2 December 2010
This week on Genome Barks, we welcome Dr. Bruce Christensen, a board certified theriogenologist at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Christensen discusses pregnancy and whelping, including diagnosis of pregnancy and normal whelping behavior.
Dr. Bruce Christensen did his undergraduate training at Brigham Young University in Wildlife Conservation Biology. He earned his veterinary degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 2002. His first year of veterinary employment was as an intern at Garden State Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, working with dogs and cats. Dr. Christensen then completed 3 years of specialty training and a year of faculty employment at the University of Florida in Gainesville where he focused specifically on the field of theriogenology (animal fertility and reproduction) and worked primarily with dogs and horses. He became a board-certified specialist in theriogenology in 2006. After a season of employment as a veterinarian in Australia working with horse reproduction, Dr. Christensen and his family returned to the States and he became employed at Iowa State University in 2008 where he works with dog and horse reproduction. His research focuses on conservation of endangered species through preservation of sperm and artificial breeding. His wife, MeLissa, is a veterinarian who works with animal shelters and public health and they have a 4-year-old cowboy named Parker.