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David J. Matsas

David J. Matsas
Assistant Professor

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  • DVM – Purdue University, 1984
  • BS – University of Connecticut, 1980

Board Certification

  • American College of Theriogenologists
  1. Bowley, S.C., Comizzoli, P., Lindell, K.A., Matsas, D.J., White, E.C. 2019. Genetic cryopreservation of rare breeds of domesticated North American livestock: Smithsonian & SVF biodiversity preservation project. Diversity.
  2. Roof, D.J., Bowley, S., Price, L.L., Matsas, D.J. 2012. Comparison of two commercial extenders for cryopreservation of goat semen without sperm washing. Theriogenology.
  3. Matsas, D. 2006. Pregnancy Diagnosis in Goats. Current Therapy in Large Animal Theriogenology: Second Edition.
  4. Matsas, D.J., Warnick, L.D., Mechor, G.D., Seib, L.N., Fatone, S., White, M.E., Guard, C.L. 1999. Use of a water hardness test kit to measure serum calcium concentration in cattle. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  5. Del Vecchio, R.P., Matsas, D.J., Fortin, S., Sponenberg, D.P., Lewis, G.S. 1994. Spontaneous uterine infections are associated with elevated prostaglandin F2α metabolite concentrations in postpartum dairy cows. Theriogenology.
  6. Matsas, D.J. 1993. Use of an on-farm progesterone test in the clinical management of parturient disorders in three cows. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  7. Matsas, D.J., Nebel, R.L., Pelzer, K.D. 1992. Evaluation of an on-farm blood progesterone test for predicting the day of parturition in cattle. Theriogenology.
  8. Del Vecchio, R.P., Matsas, D.J., Inzana, T.J., Sponenberg, D.P., Lewis, G.S. 1992. Effect of intrauterine bacterial infusions and subsequent endometritis on prostaglandin F2 alpha metabolite concentrations in postpartum beef cows.. Journal of animal science.
  9. Weber, M.E., White, M.E., Guard, C.L., Matsas, D.J., Hatfield, C.E., Smith, M.C., Stehman, S.M. 1989. Effect of large palpable ovarian follicles on response to prostaglandin administration in dairy cows with corpora lutea. Canadian Veterinary Journal.
  10. Matsas, D.J., Yang, T.J. 1980. Karyotype analysis of leukocytes of gray collie (cyclic neutropenia)-normal bone marrow transplant chimeras six years after transplantation.. American Journal of Veterinary Research.

General Research Interests

  • Superovulation and embryo transfer in small ruminants
  • Semen cryopreservation in small ruminants

Selected Research Projects

Collection of embryos and semen from endangered breeds of sheep, goats, cattle, and horses. Privately funded.

Research and Clinical Interests

  • SVF Foundation Rare Breed Preservation Project


  • Reproductive Pathophysiology
  • Theriogenology
  • Clinical Skills
  • Recipient of a 2017 Cummings Faculty Development Grant with Dr. Eugene White titled Training to Learn Embryo Collection and Transfer in Swine.