04/13/2013 8:25PM

Prominent veterinarian LeBlanc dies

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Michelle LeBlanc, DVM, Dip. ACT, a theriogenologist, or reproductive specialist, at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., died on April 13 following a battle with colon cancer. She was 58.

Dr. LeBlanc previously worked as a professor in equine reproduction at the University of Florida. At Rood and Riddle, she conducted research and wrote extensively on mare infertility, placental infections, embryo transfer techniques, and other topics related to equine reproduction.

LeBlanc received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Michigan State University in 1977 and became board certified in theriogenology in 1982. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Equine Veterinary Association in 2011. She was also named Theriogenologist of the Year by the American College of Theriogenologists for 2000. Among Dr. LeBlanc's other honors: the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award and the McDaniels Clinical Research Award for work on oxytocin in infertile mares.

In addition to the WEVA, Dr. LeBlanc was a member of the Society of Theriogenology and the Committee for International Symposia on Equine Reproduction; she also served as director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Dr. LeBlanc also owned Thoroughbred/warmblood crosses and competed in dressage.

Dr. LeBlanc is survived by her parents, Douglas and Lillian LeBlanc, sisters Josette LeBlanc (husband James Wise) Denine LeBlanc, and Lizette (John) Bryan, brother Paul LeBlanc, stepsons Brett and Jon (Michelle) Anderson, and six nieces and nephews.