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Robert   Gilbert BVSc, MMedVet, DACT, MRCVS

Professor and Head, Department of Clinical Sciences

Dr. Robert Gilbert received his veterinary education in South Africa at the University of Pretoria. He spent time in private practice and corporate practice (artificial insemination) before returning to the University for post-graduate study. He later completed a residency in theriogenology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before returning as a faculty member to the University of Pretoria (Onderstepoort).  From 1988 through 2016 he served on the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, where he also held various administrative positions. He joined RUSVM in 2016.


University of Pretoria, BVSc, 1977
University of Pretoria, MMedVet (reproduction), 1986.


Animal reproduction, especially diseases of the postpartum uterus, postpartum ovarian function, utero-ovarian communication, early embryo development.


Diplomate, American College of Theriogenologists (1986)


Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, 2016
Theriogenologist of the Year, 2015, American College of Theriogenologists
Youth Advocate Award, New York Horse Council, 2015
Parke-Davis Visiting Fellow, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, 2010-2011
Distinguished Academic Visitor, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, 2010-2011
Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award, Cornell University, 2011
D.L.T. Smith Visiting Scientist, University of Saskatchewan, 2010

Publication Highlights

A more complete list of Dr. Gilbert’s publications is available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Gilbert+RO

Recent publications

Gilbert RO. Management of reproductive diseases in dairy cows. Veterinary Clinics of North America (Food animal Practice), 2016; 32(2): 387-410. Doi: 10.1016/j.cvfa.2016.01.009

Donnelly CD, Cheong SH, Gilbert RO. Unilateral auto-immune orchitis with concurrent testicular atrophy in a 2-year-old Newfoundland dog. Veterinary Record Case Reports. 2016; 4:e000277. Doi: 10.1136/vetreccr-2015-000277.

Gilbert RO, Santos NR. Dynamics of postpartum endometrial cytology and bacteriology and their relationship to fertility in dairy cows. Theriogenology. 2016; 85: 1367-1374. doi10.1016/j.theriogenology.2015.10.045

Yasui T, McCarthy MM, Ryan CM, Gilbert RO, Felippe MJ, Mechor GD, Overton TR. Effects of monensin and starch level in early lactation diets on indices of immune function in dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science. 2016. 99: 1351-1363. doi: 10.3168/jds.2015-9572. PMID: 26709159

Cheong SH, Sa Filho OG, Absalon-Medina VA, Pelton SH, Butler WR, Gilbert RO. Metabolic and endocrine differences between dairy cows that do or do not ovulate first postpartum dominant follicles. Biology of Reproduction 2016; 94(1) 18, 1-11  pii: biolreprod.114.127076

Bicalho ML, Lima FS, Machado VS, Meira EB, Jr., Ganda EK, Foditsch C, Bicalho RC, Gilbert RO. Associations among Trueperella pyogenes, endometritis diagnosis and pregnancy outcomes in dairy cows. Theriogenology. 2016; 85: 267-274. doi: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2015.09.043.

Tung, CK, Fiore AG, Ardon F, Hickman DG, Gilbert RO, Suarez SS, Wu M. Microgrooves and fluid flows provide preferential passageways for sperm over pathogen Tritrichomonas foetus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 2015 112: 5431 – 5436.

Machado VS, Oikonomou G, Ganda EK, Stephens L, Milhomem M, Freitas GL, Zinicola M, Pearson J, Wieland M, Guard C, Gilbert RO, Bicalho RC. The effect of intrauterine infusion of dextrose on clinical endometritis cure rate and reproductive performance of dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science. 2015; 98: 3849 – 3858.

Current Projects

Controlled postponement of ovulation in mares
Endometritis in camels
Genomic selection for improved fertility of dairy cows