Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Cyril Stephen

Dr Cyril Stephen

BVSc & AH; DVSc (Uni of Guelph); MANZCVS, Diplomate, American College of Theriogenologists

Cyril has been employed with CSU since October 2010. He initially served as a Senior Theriogenology Clinician at the Veterinary Clinical Centre, and later accepted his current position of Lecturer in Veterinary Reproduction at CSU.

Cyril graduated with a degree in Veterinary Science (BVSc) from Kerala Agricultural University (India), and subsequently worked as a Veterinarian for the State Government of Kerala (India) for over 10 years. During this time, he was in-charge of various veterinary institutions with clinical, regulatory and administrative duties. In 2006, Cyril moved to Canada and was accepted into a competitive doctoral residency program in Theriogenology (DVSc) at the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph, Canada). Cyril successfully completed his DVSc program in 2010 and was immediately recruited as a Theriogenologist at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island (Canada). After working here for a short while, Cyril moved to Australia and joined CSU where he is currently employed.

In addition to his doctoral degree in veterinary science, Cyril has also successfully completed the American Specialty Board Certification Exam and is a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists. He is also an associate member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Since 2012, Cyril has been serving as a Category A member (Veterinary Experience) of the CSU Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC).

His main clinical interests include management of reproduction in equine, bovine and companion animals, infertility, obstetrics, embryo transfer, and transcervical insemination in dogs. Research interests include canine, bovine and equine reproduction.

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Research

  • Role of kisspeptin in management of ovulation in anoestrous bitches (Principal Investigator)
  • Kisspeptin receptors in the canine ovaries during various stages of the oestrous cycle (Principal Investigator)
  • Remote calving alert for beef cattle – Technology development (MLA project - Associate Investigator)
  • Uterine oxytocin receptors during the postpartum period in dairy cattle (Doctoral research)
  • Effect of ecbolic therapy on uterine involution, uterine disease and reproductive performance in postpartum dairy cattle (Doctoral research)

Teaching

  • Subject coordinator (since 2011) – ASC261 and ASC461 (Animal Reproduction)
  • Other subjects taught – ASC262 (Veterinary Reproduction); VSC420 (Reproduction & Obstetrics); VSC450 (Clinical Practice 3 – Obstetrics & Gynaecology; Cattle caesarean); ASC209 (Horse Breeding Technologies)
  • Clinical Teaching - VSC464 (Clinical Rotation 6 - Reproduction Specialism)
  • Cattle pregnancy diagnosis and artificial insemination

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Clinical theriogenology service at the Veterinary Clinical Centre.

Important areas include:

  • Breeding management in canine and equine;
  • Infertility;
  • Assisted reproductive techniques;
  • Semen collection, evaluation and processing for shipping/storage;
  • Clinical advice to field vets;
  • Management of dystocia etc.

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Perumamthadathil CS, Johnson WH, LeBlanc SJ, Foster RA, Chenier TS (2014). Persistence of oxytocin receptors in the bovine uterus during the first 7d after calving: an immunohistochemical study. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research. 78:72-77.

Perumamthadathil CS, Gunn A, Norman ST (2014). Non-surgical options for canine population control – What's available and what's on the horizon? Proceedings of the 10th Anniversary AMRRIC Conference, Darwin, Australia – 23-25 Sep 2014.

Nigam P, Perumamthadathil CS (2011). Critical care and emergency management of wild animals (review article) – Intas Polivet Vol 12:153-56.

Perumamthadathil CS (2010). Effect of ecbolic therapy on uterine involution, uterine disease, and reproductive performance in dairy cows. Doctoral dissertation – University of Guelph, Canada -  http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol2/002/NR64488.PDF

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Non-surgical options for canine population control – What's available and what's on the horizon? 10th Anniversary AMRRIC (Animal Management in Rural and Remote Indigenous Communities) Conference, Darwin; Australia (Sept 2014).

Canine Theriogenology - ARV (Australian Reproduction Veterinarians) conference, Armidale; Australia (Mar 2012).

Effect of ecbolic therapy on rate of uterine involution, prevalence of postpartum uterine disease and reproductive performance in dairy cows; Graduate Student Research Symposium, Ontario Veterinary College; Canada (Nov, 2009).

Oocyte harvest, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer in a reproductively challenged cow; Ontario Veterinary College; Canada (Jan, 2009).

Endometrial cyst ablation in a mare – case report; Ontario Veterinary College; Canada (Nov, 2007).

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