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Robert   Gilbert BVSc, MMedVet, DACT, FRCVS

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Theriogenology

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)
Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (2017; awarded for “meritorious contributions to knowledge”)


FRCVS, 2017
Sir Arnold Theiler Memorial Lecturer, University of Pretoria, 2017
Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, 2016
Theriogenologist of the Year, 2015, American College of Theriogenologists
Youth Advocate Award, New York Horse Council, 2015 

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

Cheong SH, SaFilho OG, Absalon-Medina VA, Schneider A, Butler WR, Gilbert RO. Uterine and systemic inflammation influences ovarian follicular function in postpartum dairy cows. PLoSOne. 2017; 12(5):e0177356. Doi: 10.1039/c6sc00940a; PMID: 28567263

Dockweiler JC, Cossic B, McDonough SP, Fubini SL, Le KM, Donnelly CG, Gilbert RO, Cheong SH. Tumor collision of uterine adenocarcinoma and leiomyosarcoma in a goat. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. 2017; doi: 10.1177/1040638717705411; PMID: 28423988.

Dockweiler JC, Cheong SH, Gilbert RO. Perineal laceration following obstructive dystocia in a bitch. Clinical Theriogenology 2017; 9(1): 77-80.

Goodale LF, Hayrabedran S, Todorova K, Roussev R, Ramu S, Stamatkin C, Coulam CB, Barnea ER, Gilbert RO. PreImplantation factor (PIF) protects cultured embryos against oxidative stress: relevance for recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) therapy. Oncotarget. 2017; 8(20) 32419-32432  doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.16028; PMID 28423690

Dockweiler JC, Cossic B, Donnelly CG, Gilbert RO, Buckles E, Cheong SH. Infertility associated with the absence of endometrial progesterone receptors in a bitch. Reproduction in Domestic Animals. 2016. Doi: 10.111/rda.12874. PMID: 27862412.

Bicalho MLS, Marques EC, Gilbert RO, Bicalho RC. The association of plasma glucose, BHBA and NEFA with postpartum uterine diseases, fertility and milk production of Holstein dairy cows. Theriogenology. 2017; 88: 270-282. Doi: 10.1016/j.theriogenology.2016.09.036. PMID: 27793454

Gallacher K, Santos LC, Campoy L, Bezuidenhout AJ, Gilbert RO. Development of a peripheral nerve stimulator-guided technique for equine pudendal nerve block. The Veterinary Journal 2016; 217: 72-77. Doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2016.10.004

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.

Current Projects

Early pregnancy in equidae
Ovarian function and utero-ovarian communication
Gestational hypertension
Genomic selection for improved fertility of dairy cows