Terry Blanchard, DVM, DACT, renowned researcher and longtime professor of theriogenology at Texas A&M University, received the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ 2014 Distinguished Educator–Academic Award.
The Distinguished Educator–Academic Award honors an individual who by his or her actions and commitment has demonstrated a significant impact on the development and training of equine practitioners. Blanchard was honored Dec. 9 during the President’s Luncheon at the AAEP’s 60th Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Throughout his career, Blanchard has remained on the leading edge in the field of equine reproduction, with his research interests focused on testicular function and development of new approaches for diagnosis and treatment of stallion subfertility. He has published numerous manuscripts relating to stallion reproduction, is primary author of the popular textbook Manual of Equine Reproduction and remains a “sounding board” for practitioners and researchers alike within the field of equine reproduction.
Blanchard earned his DVM from Kansas State University in 1976. He joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1986 following consecutive two-year stints as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri and the University of Pennsylvania. He became tenured in 1989 and served as section chief from 1990-95. He moved to Lexington, Kentucky, to serve as resident veterinarian at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm from 2005-07 before returning to Texas A&M in 2008.
Among his honors and awards are the 1998 Distinguished Teaching Award and 2001 Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, both from the Texas A&M University Association of Former Students; the 2000 Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Research from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association; 2006 Theriogenologist of the Year from the American College of Theriogenologists; and 2010 AAEP Alumni Recognition Award from the Kansas State University Veterinary Medical Alumni Association.
The American Association of Equine Practitioners, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, was founded in 1954 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Currently, AAEP reaches more than five million horse owners through its over 9,000 members worldwide and is actively involved in ethics issues, practice management, research and continuing education in the equine veterinary profession and horse industry.