Hollinshead First IWDC Keynoter

By Jed Weisberger

The Scientific Committee of IWDC  2021 is pleased to announce Dr. Fiona Hollinshead, a Colorado State University Associate Professor, Small Animal Reproduction, as a Keynote Speaker for the upcoming virtual conference Oct. 12-14.

Dr. Hollinshead, a Veterinary Theriogenologist, focusing on reproductive surgery and medicine, came to Colorado State in 2019 after a 12-year career with Matamata Veterinary Services in Matamata, New Zealand.

She  attended the University of Sydney, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Australia, graduating with honors in 1996 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science ,and in 2004 with a Ph.D in sperm sexing entitled, “Flow cytometric sorting of ram spermatozoa: Production of offspring of a pre-determined sex using in vivo and in vitro fertilisation.” 

After completion of a two-year clinical residency in Theriogenology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists and a Registered Specialist in Small Animal Reproduction with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council in 2007. 

Prior to joining CSU, Dr. Hollinshead spent the previous dozen years running Matamata, a busy small-animal reproduction referral practice in New Zealand and had the privilege to be the primary reproductive consultant to the NZ Guide Dogs, NZ Assistance and Mobility Dogs, MPI Detector Dogs, and NZ Police Dog breeding programs. 

Dr. Fiona Hollinshead will be a keynote Speaker at IWDC 2021

Dr. Hollinshead has also enjoyed working with a number of breeding programs at the Hamilton and Auckland Zoos, including the AI and semen preservation of a Thai fishing cat. 

She is a member of the Theriogenology Foundation committee and has trained many residents for both the ACT and European board specialization in small and large animal reproduction. Dr. Hollinshead has three boys – William, Harry and Oscar. 

We remind, while individual registration for IWDC 2021 remains at a low $289, we are looking to make it economical for groups to register at an affordable price. The following discounts are live and will automatically apply at checkout:  Groups of 5-9 will be given a 30 percent discount, while groups of 10 or more will have a 50 percent discount.

A few simple ground rules when registering as group:

  • Applicants must register together under one transaction. Each applicant will have their own login credentials.
  • Discount automatically applied at checkout.
  • Applies to general registration and student registration packages.

On-line registration is quick and easy by clicking the button just below the cover photo on https://www.iwdba.org or at https://cvent.me/ZbyEGa. A link to register is also available on our Facebook page.

On-line registration for IWDC 2020 is quick and easy by clicking the button just below the cover photo on https://www.iwdba.org or at https://cvent.me/ZbyEGa. A link to register is also available on our Facebook page.

We are hoping student groups, or groups of students with faculty members will take advantage of the group registration rate and remind IWDBA student membership, which gives access to all member contact on our website and three scientific journals, is available for $75. This membership can be purchased at IWDC registration.

The conference will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT (1400-1900 UTC) each day. The committee of Hannes Slabbert (South Africa), Erik Wilsson (Sweden), Alan Grossman (Australia), Eldin Leighton (United States) and Walter Burghardt (United States), along with event planner Kathleen M. Kelsey and communications specialist Jed Weisberger, is planning the 2021 IWDBA Conference. 

With this virtual, online event, speakers will be available at a scheduled time, so attendees will be able to ask questions of a speaker during their scheduled time slot. All presentations will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing 90 days following the conference. 

Questions asked during the live event will be captured in the recordings. For questions following the live session, speaker contact information will be available with the recording so attendees can Email them directly. The live presentations and the recordings will be hosted on Cvent, our event platform, which is accessible through any browser on both your laptop and mobile device. Recommended browsers are Chrome and Firefox.

Another advantage of a virtual event is expenses for airfare, meals, hotels and other travel items are not part of the outlay for IWDC 2021, while all the usual fellowship is. Additional conference updates will be published in the “Latest News” section of iwdba.org, on the IWDBA Facebook page, and at a new conference Twitter at @iwdba2021. Any questions about submissions, or the conference in general, can be submitted to us at iwdc2021@iwdba.org