The Theriogenology Foundation honored Robert S. Youngquist, DVM, DACT, with the Career Excellence in Theriogenology Award for his contributions to the field of reproductive veterinary medicine. Youngquist, who retired from the College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, is a professor emeritus in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. He served the college as a professor and section head for theriogenology, chairman of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, and associate dean for the Office of Academic Affairs.
He was recognized for “major and significant contributions to the field of theriogenology in research, teaching and service activities during his career at the University of Missouri.” He was the editor of Current Therapy in Large Animal Theriogenology published in 1997 by W.B. Saunders, and has also served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Veterinary Research and Theriogenology. Youngquist was the founding editor and editor for the past 10 years of the Clinical Theriogenology Journal.
He received his DVM in 1971 from Iowa State University and earned the status of Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 1976. Since earning his Diplomate status, he has been heavily involved with the American College of Theriogenologist, serving on the examination committee, and as secretary from 1980-1983 and president from 1984-1985. He received the award for Theriogenologist of the Year in 2001. In addition, Youngquist has been active in the Society for Theriogenology and was recognized in 2001 as the recipient of the Dr. David E. Bartlett Award.
His interests include all domestic species, but his research has focused on normal and abnormal ovarian function in cattle. Youngquist had a keen interest in working with students and served as chairman and on the committee for numerous master’s students. He has twice received the “Norden Award for Distinguished Teaching in Veterinary Medicine” and in 1996 received the “Dean’s Impact Award.”
He continues to be active with the CVM Mule Team.