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Robert M. Kenney
United States
Dr. Robert M. Kenney is best known for both basic and applied research in equine reproduction, pioneering the concept of uterine biopsy, developing semen extenders vital to equine artificial insemination and developed the phantom mare. A reproductive pathologist, he is both researcher and professor at the New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania.
Inducted December 1990.

Dr. Robert M. Kenney has contributed enormously to the body of equine reproduction knowledge, through both basic and applied research. The impact of his work on both mare and stallion reproduction has been felt around the world.

Dr. Kenney was born in 1924 in Providence, Rhode Island. He obtained his D.V.M. degree from Oklahoma State University in 1954. He was a surgical intern at New York State Veterinary College for one year, and then entered private veterinary practice from 1955 through 1958. Dr. Kenney returned to his studies in 1958 at Cornell University, and obtained a Ph.D. in veterinary pathology in 1963. He was an assistant professor at both the University of Pennsylvania and then New York State Veterinary College, finally joining the New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania as associate professor in 1969. From 1973 to 1983, Dr. Kenney was chief of the Section of Reproductive Studies, Department of Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, and has been a professor in that department since 1975.

As a reproductive pathologist, Dr. Kenney developed the concept, scientific basis, technique and interpretation of uterine biopsy in the mare. The scale relating the histological changes in the equine endometrium to the potential for pregnancy is still referred to as the Kenney biopsy scale. He has researched, lectured and published extensively on fertility evaluation in stallions, pharmacological manipulation of sexual behavior, and semen collection and storage techniques. In collaboration with his associates, he developed the phantom mare used for mounting stallions during semen collection. Dr. Kenney also was the coordinator for the publication of a guide to procedures for estimating the prospective fertility of stallions. He is author or co-author of over 100 publications.

Dr. Kenney has been active in many professional organizations and activities, including: the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Society for the Study of Reproduction, the Society for Theriogenology (five years on the board), the American Dairy Science Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and the International Equine Reproduction Symposia (on the board of directors since its 1974 inception). He has been referee for several professional journals, and, in 1986, received a special diploma and the Professor Ladilai Bielanski Award from the Academy of Agriculture in Krakow, Poland, as a symbol of appreciation of close ties and cooperation.

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