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School Welcomes Equine Reproductive Specialist

September 6, 2012

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Dr. Bruce W. Christensen

Dr. Bruce W. Christensen joined the Department of Population Health and Reproduction as Assistant Professor for Equine Reproduction, effective September 1, 2012.

Dr. Christensen holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (2002) from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  Following a one-year small animal rotating medicine and surgery internship, Dr. Christensen began a residency in equine and canine theriogenology at the University of Florida that he completed in 2006, becoming board certified in the American College of Theriogenology. The following year, while remaining there as a staff clinician, he also completed a M.S. in Reproductive Physiology.  Dr. Christensen then both practiced and taught reproduction in Australia, the Cayman Islands, and Hungary, until Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine was fortunate to recruit him as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Reproduction, where he remained until coming to UC Davis.

Dr. Christensen brings to this position considerable experience in the study and practice of clinical reproduction not only in horses, but also in comparative aspects of large and small animal domestic species. He has a particular interest in reproductive issues in the preservation of endangered species, and his research has included studies in Mexican gray wolves, okapis, Somali wild asses, Fennec foxes, and African elephants.

Dr. Christensen will be Chief of the Equine Reproduction Service in the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, providing diagnostic services in equine reproduction for veterinary patients.  He will also be engaged in clinical instruction of professional students in equine reproduction, didactic and laboratory teaching in equine reproduction to professional students, mentorship and clinical training of large animal reproduction residents, and graduate instruction in equine reproduction or related areas of research expertise.

Welcome Dr. Christensen!