Orsolya Balogh, associate professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, has been named the JoAnne S. O’Brien Professor of Theriogenology by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Dr. JoAnne S. O’Brien Professorship was established in 1999 through a gift from JoAnne S. O’Brien, a Washington, D.C.-based veterinarian and longtime supporter of the college who sought to support research in the field of theriogenology for dogs and cats to improve breeding programs. The professorship supports the recruitment of an outstanding faculty member who conducts high-level research in the area of canine and feline reproduction.

Before joining the veterinary college last year, Balogh served as a senior clinician and researcher at the University of Zurich for nearly a decade. She completed a residency in theriogenology at Cornell University and became a diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists.

Balogh's research focuses on uterine inertia and male reproductive function in dogs, and her discoveries, which help all veterinary patients, will have a significant economic impact for breeding lines of animals. Her findings have been published in some of the most prestigious veterinary reproductive research journals available to the scientific community and have been presented in a variety of multidisciplinary international academic forums.

A member of the Society for Theriogenology and the European Veterinary Society for Small Animal Reproduction, Balogh received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a Ph.D. (summa cum laude) from Szent István University in Budapest, Hungary.

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