French Bulldog Puppy

A French bulldog puppy receives its first examination inside WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. A new service at the hospital makes WSU one of few places in the Pacific Northwest dogs and cats can receive specialized small animal reproductive medicine and surgery.

PULLMAN - Washington State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital has begun offering a new specialty service for dogs and cats that will make WSU one of few places in the Pacific Northwest dogs and cats can receive specialized small animal reproductive medicine and surgery.

The new service is formally known among veterinarians as small animal theriogenology. 

“We need this,” said board-certified theriogenologist Dr. Michela Ciccarelli, who leads the service. “We’re the only specialist in Washington state, including Seattle; and we are dedicated to improving the lives of these animals by considering their genetics and preserving their breed standard.”

Ciccarelli works closely with regional breeders to ensure dogs with certain genetic disorders aren’t passed onto future generations. But it’s not just breeders — she also takes on the majority of veterinary referrals regarding reproductive medicine and surgery in the region. 

Ciccarelli and second-year theriogenology resident Dr. Eduardo Arroyo say that while the service just officially began, they are already seeing several clients per day.

“C-sections, dystocia, pyometra, mammary gland issues, problems of the estrous cycle, vaginitis, disorders of the sexual development, incontinence, disorder of the prostate, we’ve diagnosed and treated all of these cases,” she said.