Dr. Dickson D. Varner Honored as the Frank J. Milne Lecturer
Posted February 11, 2008
COLLEGE STATION, TX -Dr. Dickson Varner DVM, MS, DACT, was
honored by being selected as the presenter of the 2007 Frank J.
Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture at the 53rd Annual Convention of the
American Association of Equine Practitioners in Orlando, Fla. on
December 3, 2007.
The Frank J. Milne State-of the-Art Lecture showcases and honors
a member of the AAEP who has dedicated themselves to a specific
area of equine study. Dr. Varner was chosen as the expert regarding
the stallion. His four-hour lecture entitled "From a Sperm's Eye
View - Revisiting Our Perception of This Intriguing Cell" focused
on the equine male gamete, including spermatozoal structure,
function and events that accompany a spermatozoan's sojourn through
the male and female reproductive tracts. The lecture was directed
toward practical applications and advancements in stallion
reproduction, and the accompanying manuscript detailed the cellular
and molecular mechanisms relating to spermatozoal function.
Named for past president and distinguished member Frank J.
Milne, this lecture series focuses on equine subjects deemed "state
of the art" by members of the equine veterinary profession.
Nominees are chosen by a group within the Education Program
Committee of the AAEP and approved by the executive board of the
"Dr. Varner embodies all that this award is meant to convey,"
said Dr. Stuart Brown II, partner in the world-renowned equine
practice, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, in Lexington, Kentucky.
"He is the first to be recognized for stallion expertise with this
award and we were proud to recognize him as a pioneer. His
presentation was incredible."
Dr. Varner received his veterinary degree from the University of
Missouri in 1978. He also has a master's of science in veterinary
anatomy from Texas A&M University. Following graduation from
veterinary school, Dr. Varner completed an internship at Castleton
Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. In the early 1980s, Dr. Varner
relocated to New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania
College of Veterinary Medicine to enter a residency in
Theriogenology under the tutelage of Dr. Robert M. Kenney. After
completing his residency in 1983, he served as a lecturer in large
animal reproduction, as well as director of the Hoffman Center for
Reproductive Studies and director of the Endometrial Biopsy
Service, all at New Bolton Center. In 1984, he received Diplomate
status from the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT). He has
been on the faculty of Texas A&M University since 1986, where
he is presently Professor of Theriogenology and Pin Oak Stud Chair
of Stallion Reproductive Studies.
"Indeed, it was a real honor to have the opportunity to share my
understanding of the trials and tribulations of a spermatozoon with
so many distinguished members of the veterinary community. I
sincerely hope that the lecture reached out to young veterinarians
and scientists, in order that they may have the incentive to
receive advanced training and focus their professional efforts to
further our understanding this fascinating cell," said Dr.
Dr. Varner is author or coauthor of over 400 manuscripts,
research abstracts and textbooks. He is a member of the AVMA, ACT,
Society for Theriogenology and American Society of Andrology. Dr.
Varner joined the AAEP in 1979 and has since served two terms on
the Reproduction Committee (the last term as chair) and as a member
of the Abstract Review, Educational Programs and Equine Insurance
"We are extremely proud to have Dr. Varner as one of our five
theriogenologists on faculty. Texas A&M has become a pioneer in
equine reproduction and we are continuing the level of excellence
that Dr. Varner has helped us reach," said Dr. Moyer, Texas A&M
University Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department Head and
Professor of Sports Medicine. "The Milne lecture is often seen to
showcase the world expert on a given subject, and Dr. Varner is
more than deserving of this distinguished recognition."
The Texas Veterinary Medical Center at Texas A&M University
has established one of the most effective and influential academic
programs in equine reproduction. The basic and clinical science
aspects of equine reproduction are closely integrated, thereby
creating opportunities to: identify important clinical reproductive
problems, use novel research technologies to investigate causes of
reproductive failure and develop strategies to improve care and
performance of the breeding stallion and broodmare.
All phases of equine reproduction are pursued at the TVMC. The
faculty has established preeminence in areas ranging from diagnosis
and treatment of reduced fertility in stallions, to preservation of
semen, to development of assisted reproductive technologies for
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