University of Saskatchewan

Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Research

Reproduction

Since the early 1970s, a core group of WCVM faculty members have collaborated with other colleagues at the University of Saskatchewan on reproductive biology-focused research studies and training. The U of S Reproductive Sciences and Medicine group includes scientists from the WCVM and the College of Medicine's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as faculty in the Colleges of Arts and Science and Engineering.

A major emphasis for the group's research has been food animals. WCVM scientists have taken lead roles in topics such as ovarian follicle development and the applied synchronization of follicle growth and ovulation in cattle and sheep. Embryo transfer and cryopreservation of female gametes (eggs) in cattle have also been investigated at the College.

On the male side of farm animal reproduction, extensive work has been done in the assessment of male fertility in cattle, the cryopreservation of spermatozoa, the evaluation of breeding soundness in bulls, transgenics and testicular grafts. WCVM-based scientists have also studied reproduction in various species including horses, muskoxen, bison, deer, elk and zoo species as well as laboratory animals, gophers and mink.

WCVM researchers have also played integral roles in clinical research for human medicine. Collaborative teams from the U of S have been nationally and internationally recognized for their work on ovarian follicular development in women, improving the efficacy of modern contraceptive treatments and understanding the molecular aspects of ovarian function.

In addition, the College is now home base for the Canadian Animal and Poultry Genetic Resources Initiative - a partnership between the WCVM, the U of S and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The research and gene bank for cattle, pigs, poultry and other livestock is based in the Westgen Research Suite - the second-floor laboratory of the College's new research wing that's currently dedicated to reproductive research.

Dr. Ali Honaramooz, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences