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Brian Keith Whitlock DVM, MS, PhD, DACT
Associate Professor
Farm Animal Field Service
Large Animal Clinical Services

Clinical Interests

  • General animal reproduction
  • Food animal medicine and surgery
  • Food animal production medicine
  • Heritable bovine fetal abnormalities

Research Interests

  • Reproductive physiology and endocrinology
  • Interaction of metabolic and reproductive systems

Brian K Whitlock, DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate American College of Theriogenology. Dr. Whitlock holds a BS (Chemistry) from Campbellsville University, MS (Animal Science) from Michigan State University, a DVM from Auburn University, PhD from Auburn University, and is a specialist is reproduction as a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenology. Dr. Brian K. Whitlock was raised in Gravel Switch, Kentucky on a small tobacco and dairy farm. He attended Campbellsville University where he received his B.S. in Chemistry in 1997 and Michigan State University for his M.S. in Animal Science in 1999. After earning his D.V.M. from Auburn University in 2003, Brian worked at Sterner Veterinary Clinic in Ionia, Michigan almost exclusively on dairy and beef cattle. In 2007 he completed a residency at Auburn and became a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists (veterinary reproduction specialists). Dr. Whitlock earned his Ph.D. from Auburn (working with Dr. James L. Sartin) with an emphasis in reproductive neuroendocrinology and is now an associate professor at The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Currently, most of his time is spent with Field Services teaching and mentoring students in the areas of theriogenology, large animal medicine, surgery, and production medicine. His current research interests include reproductive neuroendocrinology and physiology with special emphasis on the use of kisspeptin and gonadotropin inhibiting hormone in large domestic animals. Dr. Whitlock has two PhD students, Mrs. Lisa Amelse and Dr. Val Tanco, DVM. Lisa is conducting in vitro studies with GT1-7 cells and kisspeptin and Dr. Tanco is studying kisspeptin and gonadotropin inhibiting hormone in cattle.


  • BS
    Campbellsville University; Campbellsville, KY; 1993-1997 cum laude
    Major: Chemistry & Minor: Biology
  • MS
    Michigan State University; East Lansing, MI; 1997-1999
    Major: Animal Science (Ruminant Nutrition)
  • DVM
    Auburn University; Auburn, AL; 1999-2003 summa cum laude
  • Residency
    Theriogenology, Auburn University; Auburn, AL; 2005-2008
  • PhD
    Auburn University; Auburn, AL; 2009
    Area of Interest-Neuroendocrine Control of Reproduction (Kisspeptin)

Board Certification

  • Diplomate - American College of Theriogenologists (ACT)


  • Clinical Teaching - Field Services
  • Veterinary Reproductive System - Theriogenology

Professional Experiences

  • Practice Experience
    Sterner Veterinary Clinic, Ionia, MI, 2003-2005
  • University Appointment
    Assistant Professor - Field Services
    University of Tennessee
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Professional Societies

  • American College of Theriogenologists
  • Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association
  • Society for Theriogenology
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners