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Specialty Services

Theriogenology (Reproduction)

For consultations or appointments, contact:

Linda Walden, Client Services, 217-333-7232

Kim Kensell, CVT, 217-244-1357


Rachel Griffith, CVT, 217-265-6750

Small Animal Services

  • Artificial insemination using rigid fiber-optic scope transcervical techniques, vaginal or surgical deposition
  • Consultation services for private practitioners
  • Infertility diagnosis
  • Kennel health programs
  • Semen collection, freezing, and storage; import and export of frozen semen
  • Staging estrous cycles to determine optimum time to breed

Large Animals Services

  • Breeding soundness examination of females and males
  • Collection, freezing, storage, and shipment of semen and embryos
  • Embryo transfer
  • Herd reproduction record analysis and consultation, including nutritional and cow comfort
  • Immunization schedules to maximize reproduction
  • In vitro fertilization
  • Ovum pick-up techniques
  • Post-partum, post-breeding and management of sub-fertile animals
  • Routine reproduction exams of horses, dairy and beef cows, sheep, goats, cervids, and camelids
  • Synchronized breeding programs
  • (See also Food Animal Reproduction, Medicine and Surgery listing)


James Paul BrendemuehlJames Paul Brendemuehl, DVM, PhD, DACT • Reproductive management of the mare and stallion including embryo transfer, GIFT, semen and embryo cryopreservation, fertility evaluations, cryptorchid management and fescue toxicoses.

Sherrie G. ClarkSherrie G. Clark, DVM, PhD, DACT • Swine theriogenology with a special interest in boar infertility. Male infertility of a variety of species.

John A. HerrmannJohn A. Herrmann, DVM, MPH, DACT • Diagnosis and management of subfertility in cattle, breeding management of dogs, herd health investigations and public health assessment and policy development.

Debra S. SauberliDebra S. Sauberli, DVM, DACT • Canine and equine reproduction with an emphasis on infertility and assisted reproduction techniques, especially embryo transfer in horses.

Clifford F. ShipleyClifford F. Shipley, DVM, DACT, Section Head • Theriogenology in all species with an emphasis on small ruminants, herd health and management in all species.

Additional Staff

  • Swanand Sathe, Resident
  • Rachel Griffith, CVT
  • Kim Kensell, CVT
  • Linda Walden, Client Services