Lincoln Memorial University


Dascanio Named 2018 Theriogenologist of the Year

Harrogate, Tennessee, July 10, 2018 – Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) Executive Associate Dean John Dascanio, VMD, DACT, DABVP was named 2018 Theriogenologist of the Year by the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT). Dascanio was recognized for his significant contributions to the ACT, education and to the discipline of theriogenology. The award will be presented on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at the Annual Therio Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


“Dr. Dascanio provided excellent leadership to the College through his service on the board of directors and as treasurer of the College,” said ACT Executive Director Charles F. Franz, DVM. “By developing and helping to implement new financial policies, the College has been strengthened and has been able to support additional programs and initiatives.”


Dascanio was also instrumental in developing increased awareness and interest in the discipline for veterinary students and recent graduates. Through chairing the Educator’s Forum at the annual theriogenology conference, he provided expertise about teaching methods and models as well as providing a venue for collegial exchange in theriogenology education. 


Dascanio received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 and completed his internship and residency at Cornell University. Subsequently, he became board certified with the ACT and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Equine).


Dascanio worked up through the ranks of assistant and associate professor of production management medicine at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, and then as director of the Large Animal Research Park and professor of theriogenology at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. He then joined LMU-CVM as a professor of theriogenology and director of large animal clinical skills in August 2014. In July 2016, he was appointed executive associate dean of LMU-CVM. He has 30 years of educational experience with veterinary colleges, over $500,000 in sponsored research, is the primary or co-author of over 45 peer reviewed articles, has authored over 70 book chapters and was co-editor of the textbook “Equine Reproductive Procedures.” Dascanio has received multiple teaching awards and has been a driving force in the Theriogenology Educators Forum. Dascanio has held several previous leadership roles, which include president of the Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners, board member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and served on the executive board of the American College of Theriogenologists as treasurer.


Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The LMU-College of Veterinary Medicine is located on LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1.800.325.0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at



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