Dave Hanlon and Fiona Hollinshead joined the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences this week as associate professors of theriogenology in the Department of Clinical Sciences.
The married couple recently relocated to Fort Collins from Matamata, New Zealand, also known as “Hobbiton,” a location used in the filming of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, where they lived on a small farm with their three children, 30 Angus cattle, 20 Suffolk sheep, 15 chickens, a cat, and a three-acre garden.
Both are originally from Australia and come to CSU after long careers with Matamata Veterinary Services, where Hanlon was a partner and provided specialized equine reproduction and referral services and Hollinshead was responsible for a small animal reproduction referral service and an equine assisted reproductive technology center.
“It is a pretty unique place for a theriogenologist to work with a very high caseload across all species,” Hollinshead said. “I am now very excited to be given the opportunity to develop and grow a small animal reproduction clinical service at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital.”
“CSU has been home to many renowned animal reproduction biologists and to be given the opportunity to work with such scientists and veterinarians is an incredible privilege,” said Hanlon. “It excites me to be able to make a meaningful contribution towards maintaining the university’s position in the animal reproduction field and to help shape its future success.”
Hanlon and Hollinshead are also looking forward to exploring all that Colorado has to offer, including showing their children snow for the first time.