Dr. Peggy Root Kustritz is a 1987 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. After working in small animal private practice in the Twin Cities for several years, she returned to the University of Minnesota, completing a residency in theriogenology under Drs. Shirley Johnston and Patty Olson. She achieved board certification in theriogenology in 1994, and completed a PhD in theriogenology in 1995, with a thesis entitled “The effect of prepuberal and postpuberal gonadectomy on the general health and development of obesity in the male and female domestic cat”. She completed a Masters degree in Medical Education and Leadership in 2015. She currently is employed as a professor in small animal reproduction at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, where she also serves as Associate Dean of Education. She is the author, with Drs. Shirley Johnston and Patricia Olson, of a textbook entitled “Canine and Feline Theriogenology”, published by WB Saunders Company in March 2001, was editor of “The Practical Veterinarian: Small Animal Theriogenology”, published by Butterworth-Heinemann in 2003, and is sole author of “A Dog Breeder’s Guide to Successful Breeding and Health Management, published by Elsevier in 2005 with a second edition published by Cambridge Publishing in 2018, and “Clinical Canine and Feline Reproduction”, an evidence-based text, published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2010.