The American College of Theriogenologists recently recognized a veteran Mississippi State University professor's research and teaching career with an honorary membership.
Peter Ryan, who specializes in equine reproduction, received the 38th certificate awarded in the organization's 42-year history. He holds a doctorate in the physiology of reproduction and has served since 1999 as a professor in MSU's Department of Animal and Dairy Science with a cross-appointment in the Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also the associate provost for academic affairs.
Drs. Richard Hopper, Heath King, Kevin Walters and Jack Smith, professors at MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine, nominated Ryan for the honor in recognition of his contributions to theriogenology, or animal reproduction.
"Dr. Ryan has a long history of scientific contribution to the field of theriogenology and has consistently contributed to its literature, while also speaking at national and international conferences," Smith said. "The equine research program he has guided for many years has provided numerous training opportunities for theriogenology residents, graduate students and veterinary students.
"His unselfish willingness to allow full access to the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station equine research herd provided an outstanding learning environment that would be difficult to equal," he said.
Honorary members of the American College of Theriogenologists must have a proven record of teaching and significant contributions to the field of animal reproduction. Membership is reserved for veterinarians. Honorary membership is open to distinguished scientists in other fields of study.
"Also receiving honorary membership was Dr. Ralph Brinster, who recently received the National Medal of Science for his career as a professor of physiology at the University of Pennsylvania's College of Veterinary Medicine," Hopper said. "This shows the significance of the honor and the caliber of scientists that are recognized as honorary members."
The American College of Theriogenologists serves as a certifying organization for veterinarians who specialize in reproduction. They maintain high standards and guidelines for professional development from the undergraduate level to postgraduate continuing education.