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O.J. Ginther
United States
Dr. O.J. Ginther’s equine reproduction research contributions include many “firsts” upon which current research work is based. His rigorous graduate student training program has produced top scientists and teachers.
Inducted December 1990.

Most of Dr. O.J. Ginther’s research work has focused on equine reproductive physiology, with special emphasis on basic and applied reproductive biology in the mare. Students, teachers, veterinary practitioners and researchers have all benefited directly from research conducted under Dr. Ginther’s supervision. However, one of Dr. Ginther’s greatest contributions may eventually prove to be his former students, many of whom have gone on to direct successful teaching or research programs of their own.

Dr. Ginther was born in 1930 in St. Marys, Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. from Pennsylvania State University in 1958, his V.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1961, and both his M.S. degree in 1965 and his Ph.D. degree in 1967 from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Ginther spent a brief period in private practice before beginning an academic career. He is a professor in the Department of Veterinary Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has served on the faculty since 1968.

For veterinary practitioners, Dr. Ginther’s research has had tremendous practical application and impact. His research on prostaglandins to control the mare’s estrous cycle revolutionized equine breeding practices in the 1970s. Work on conceptus mobility, on normal and abnormal ultrasonographic findings in the mare, and on the management of twin pregnancies also reshaped the practice of reproductive medicine. For students and teachers, two of Dr. Ginther’s most valuable contributions are his textbooks: “Reproductive Biology of the Mare” and “Ultrasonic Imaging and Reproductive Events in the Mare.” He is also the author or co-author of over 400 publications.

It was fitting, then, that in 1977 he was awarded the Certificate of Excellence, which is presented for distinguished achievement in scientific communication by Communication Collaborative, Inc. For his dedicated research, Dr. Ginther was presented in 1976 with the Physiology and Endocrinology Award by the American Society of Animal Science. Dr. Ginther is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Society for Study of Fertility, the Society for Study of Reproduction, the American Society of Animal Science, and the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine.

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