On May 29, 2018, the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine’s Reproduction Service in Blacksburg, Virginia, hosted a reception to welcome incoming Theriogenology Resident Dr. Alyssa Helms of Knoxville, Tennessee, whose three-year residency was made possible by a $100,000 grant from the American Kennel Club, the Theriogenology Foundation, and the AKC Canine Health Foundation.
Representatives from AKC, CHF, and TF were in attendance to mingle with guests from local dog clubs Roanoke Kennel Club, New River Valley Kennel Club, and Star City Canine Training Club of Roanoke, along with Susan L. Fink, who was selected by the Virginia Federation of Dog Clubs and Breeders to represent their statewide group at the event.
The grant Dr. Helms received was one of just five Therio residency grants awarded by the AKC, CHF, and TF in year 2018. Virginia Tech credits these clubs, whose members submitted letters of support, as being instrumental in making Dr. Helms’ residency at Virginia Tech’s Reproduction Service possible. Thanks to their efforts, all the costs associated with Dr. Helms three-year residency are completely paid-in-full.