Dr. Val Tanco graduated veterinary school from the Catholic University in Cordoba, Argentina in 2006, first in her class. From early on in her professional career, Dr. Tanco knew her main interest was in the area of reproduction, and left Argentina in pursuit of specialization after graduating from vet school. In 2008, she completed her Masters of Science at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada in the field of biomedical sciences and reproductive medicine. After several years in research, she decided to complement her expertise with clinical training at Cornell University, where she completed a residency in Theriogenology, and became a Diplomat of the American College of Theriogenology (DACT) in 2010. Dr. Tanco continued her studies in reproductive medicine and physiology at Calgary University and the University of Tennessee, where she received her PhD in 2015.
Her research interests have focused on characterization of an ovulation inducing factor found in the seminal plasma of domestic species, the role of stem cells in reproduction, the effects of different semen extenders in dogs, and the role of gonadotropin inhibiting hormone and kisspeptin in cattle and canine reproduction.
During Dr. Tanco’s training she received numerous scholarships and awards, including best class and state academic average in Agricultural studies, and first prizes for abstract, poster and research presentations.
While at the University of Tennessee as an Assistant clinical professor, Dr. Tanco developed a specialized interest in small animal theriogenology and established the Small Animal Reproduction Service at the University of Tennessee. She was responsible for teaching students, interns, and residents, in addition to running the clinical service and performing research. Dr. Tanco’s favorite part of reproduction is being able to follow her patients from breeding, through fertility assistance, pregnancy and delivery. Puppy cuddles are a plus!
In her spare time, Dr. Tanco enjoys her family, sewing, swimming in the ocean, home improvement projects, and visiting her home country, Argentina. She and her wife have a young daughter, two dogs (Biscuit and Carlos) and three cats (Scout, Olive and Bug).
Education / Experience:
|2017-present||Theriogenologist - Charleston Veterinary Referral Center|
|2015||Doctor of Philosophy - Department of Comparative and Experimental Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN|
|2011-2015||Clinical Assistant Professor - Small Animal Reproductive Service - University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Knoxville, TN|
|2010||Diplomate - American College of Theriogenology|
|2008-2010||Residency - Theriogenology, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY|
|2008||Master of Science - Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, University of Saskatoon College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatchewan, Canada|
|2006||Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Catholic University of Cordoba, Argentina|
Tanco VM, Ratto MH, Lazzarotto M, Adams GP. Dose-response of female llamas to ovulation-inducing factor from seminal plasma. Biol Reprod. 2011;85(3):452-6. Epub 2011/05/20. doi: 10.1095/biolreprod.111.091876.
Katherine A. Beltaire; Valeria M. Tanco; and Sylvia J. Bedford-Guaus. Theriogenology Question of the Month: Successful Medical Management of Traumatic Paraphimosis in a Stallion. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. JAVMA Jan 15, 2011, Vol. 238, No. 2, Pages 161-164
Behboodi E, Bondareva A, Begin I, Rao K, Neveu N, Pierson JT, Wylie C, Piero F D, Huang YJ, Zeng W, Tanco V, Baldassarre H, Karatzas CN, Dobrinski I. Establishment of goat embryonic stem cells from in vivo produced blastocyst-stage embryos. Mol Reprod Dev. 2011;78(3):202-11. Epub 2011/03/10. doi: 10.1002/mrd.21290.
Tanco VM, Van Steelandt MD, Ratto MH, Adams GP. Effect of purified llama ovulation-inducing factor (OIF) on ovarian function in cattle. Theriogenology. 2012; 78(5): 1030-9.
Zeng W, Tang L, Bondareva A, Honaramooz A, Tanco V, Dores C, Megee S, Modelski M, Rodriguez-Sosa JR, Paczkowski M, Silva E, Wheeler M, Krisher RL, Dobrinski I. Viral Transduction of Male Germline Stem Cells Results in Transgene Transmission after Germ Cell Transplantation in Pigs. Biol Reprod. 2012. Epub 2012/12/12. doi: 10.1095/biolreprod.112.104422.
Brian K. Whitlock, Joseph A. Daniel, Lisa L. Amelse, Valeria M. Tanco, Kelly A. Chameroy, Maria A. Hes, F. Neal Schrick, Barbara P. Steele, James L. Sartin, Shinya Oishi, and Nobutaka Fujii. Kisspeptin receptor agonist (FTM080) increased plasma concentrations of luteinizing hormone in anestrous ewes. PloS one, 2015.
Valeria Tanco DVM MSc DACT. Foreign body and peritonitis in a pregnant dog. Red light Green Light, Plumbs therapeutic brief. September 2015.
Valeria M. Tanco, Brian K. Whitlock, Melaney A. Jones, Robyn R. Wilborn, Terry D. Brandebourg and Chad D. Foradori. Distribution and regulation of gonadotropinreleasing hormone, kisspeptin, RF-amide related peptide-3, and dynorphin in the bovine hypothalamus. March 2016. PeerJ 4:e1833; DOI 10.7717/peerj.1833
Abstracts & Presentations
Tanco, VM; Ratto, M; Lazzarotto, M; Adams, GP Dose response to ovulation-inducing factor (OIF) in llamas, Annual Meeting, Society for Theriogenology, Montery, California, 2007.
Tanco, VM; Ratto, M; Lazzarotto, M; Adams, GP Dose response to ovulation-inducing factor (OIF) in llamas, Life Sciences Research Conference, University of Saskatchewan, 2007.
Tanco, VM; Ratto, M; Lazzarotto, M; Adams, GP Dose response to ovulation-inducing factor (OIF) in llamas, Reproductive Science and Medicine Research Day, University of Saskatchewan, 2007.
Tanco, VM; Ratto, M; Adams, GP Does ovulation-inducing factor in seminal plasma affect ovarian function in cattle?, Life Sciences Research Conference, University of Saskatchewan, 2008.
Tanco, VM; Ratto, M; Adams, GP Does ovulation-inducing factor in seminal plasma affect ovarian function in cattle?, Reproductive Science and Medicine Research Day, University of Saskatchewan, 2008.
Tanco, VM; Cekanova, M. Effects of environmental carcinogens on mesenchymal stem cells isolated from adipose tissue. Comparative and Experimental medicine symposium, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2012.
Malugin, J; Whitlock, BK; Tanco, VM. Effects of GnIH on plasma luteinizing hormone in heifers, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2013.
Tanco, VM Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. In: Decision Support in Medicine: Veterinary Medicine. Electronic edition. Eds: Lane, I; Stokes, J. URL:
Tanco, VM Prostatitis. In: Decision Support in Medicine: Veterinary Medicine. Electronic edition. Eds: Lane, I; Stokes, J. URL:
Collaborative research in equine embryo and oocyte transfer, University of Rio IV, Cordoba, Argentina under the supervision of Dr Luis Lossino.
Research for MSc degree (University of Saskatchewan): Experimental design, execution and data analysis for all three projects under the supervision of Dr Gregg Adams.
Research as Resident (Cornell University): Collaboration in projects on bactericidal effects of lactofferrin when added to equine semen extender under the supervision of Dr Marco Da Silva.
Research at University of Calgary: General cell culture techniques and handling; Culture, expansion and handling of spermatogonial stem cells, Immunohistochemistry, immunocytochemistry. Supervisor: Dr Ina Dobrinski.
Research at University of Tennessee: Research at University of Tennessee: Cell culture and handling, MSC isolation from bone marrow and adipose tissue, protein and RNA extraction, lineage differentiation of MSC’s, IF, ICC, WB, RT-PCR
Effects of Gonadotropin Inhibiting Hormone (GnIH) and kisspeptin in mammals: IHC, intensive bleeding and ultrasound studies in cattle and dogs. Supervisor: Dr Brian Whitlock.
Familiar with ultrasonography in all domestic species, computer-assisted ultrasonographic image analysis, RIA assays, protein purification skills, hydroxyapatite, FPLC columns; bacterial culture and cryopreservation, in vitro embryo production (cattle), PCR, cell culture, experimental design and data analysis.