Camilo Hernández-Avilés

Camilo Hernández-Avilés

Camilo Hernández-Avilés, DVM, PhD
Second-year Theriogenology Resident
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Dr. Camilo Hernández-Avilés is a second-year resident in equine theriogenology in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (VLCS), at the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (VMBS). He received his DVM at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (National University of Colombia) in 2018, and his PhD in Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University in 2022.

Between 2017 and 2018, he spent a year in the Stallion Reproductive Studies laboratory, at Texas A&M as a visiting scholar, under Drs. Dickson Varner and Charles Love. There, he conducted various studies focused on the longevity of stallion sperm during cooled storage and the validation of flow cytometric-based assays for sperm and their relationship with stallion fertility. His doctoral studies, under Dr. Charles Love, focused on the clinical and molecular understanding of acrosome dysfunction in sperm from subfertile Thoroughbred stallions and included the validation of various flow cytometry-based methods for acrosomal function analysis, and the identification of fertility-associated proteins in stallion sperm by using mass spectrometry-based proteomics. In 2021, he began his clinical residency in equine theriogenology, under the mentorship of Drs. Charles Love and Juan Samper, with a strong emphasis on stallion reproduction and assisted reproductive technologies in mares.

His clinical and research interests are related to stallion fertility, particularly stallion sperm physiology and cryobiology, molecular biology techniques applied to male fertility, the improvement of techniques for stallion sperm analysis and storage, and the diagnosis and management of reproductive conditions in stallions.