Orsolya Balogh, DVM, PhD, DACT
Associate Professor, Theriogenology
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Office phone: (540)231-6954

About the Balogh Lab

The primary research interest in the Balogh Lab is canine uterine inertia with primary focus on the underlying endocrine and molecular mechanisms of absent or insufficient labor contractions. The role of obesity on reproductive performance of bitches is also investigated. Further projects are centered around canine semen analysis and male infertility, and the effects of a slow-release GnRH agonist (deslorelin) on testicular and epididymal function. Studies on canine pregnancy and neonatology, female and male reproductive endocrinology, and ultrasonography of the female and male reproductive tract are also of great interest.  


Ongoing projects

  1. Canine dystocia: Understanding the functional alterations of uterine contractility in primary uterine inertia
  2. The role of obesity on reproductive performance of bitches
  3. Canine semen processing: optimizing centrifugation and concentration standards for cooled canine semen handling
  4. Testicular downregulation with a slow-release GnRH agonist (deslorelin) as a model of canine male infertility
  5. Pelger-Huët anomaly in Australian shepherds: phenotypic and genotypic characterization and reproductive consequences


  • Dr. Julie T. Cecere, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Tom Cecere, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Aykut Gram, Turkey
  • Dr. Linda Müller, Hungary
  • Dr. Cindy Maenhoudt, France
  • Dr. Alain Fontbonne, France
  • Dr. Iris M. Reichler, Switzerland
  • Dr. Sandra Goericke-Pesch, Germany


  • Dr. Orsolya Balogh (PI)
  • Dr. Nicole Sugai (MS student and theriogenology resident)
  • Brigid Sexton (2021 Summer Veterinary Student Research Program participant)




  • Müller L, Kok E, Kollár E, Balogh O, Thuróczy J: Changes in serum leptin concentrations in relation to the oestrous cycle and body fat content in female dogs. Literature review and own data (in Hungarian). Magy Állato Lapja, 2019;141:411-424.




PhD position in canine reproduction at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

"Canine dystocia — Understanding functional alterations of contractility in uterine inertia"
Primary uterine inertia (PUI) affects 14-50% or more dogs presenting with dystocia, and due to the lack of effective medical treatment options, almost all dogs undergo Cesarean section. Understanding the underlying endocrine and molecular mechanisms of PUI will not only close a significant knowledge gap, but will help improve our current clinical treatment protocols. Our research group has years of experience working with PUI, and the successful candidate will be part of our great research family.

Appointments are on a full-time basis for a period of 3-4 years

January 2021

April 15, 2021, or until suitable candidate is found


  • Veterinary degree or final-year veterinary student, or graduate in animal science, biology, or a related field
  • Strict work ethic, motivation, good organization skills, team player
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • A genuine interest in canine reproduction, reproductive endocrinology and physiology, or uterine biology is a must.
  • Laboratory experience with molecular biology techniques, cell culture, immunohisto/cytochemistry, ELISA procedures is an advantage.


To apply for the position, send your CV, a letter of interest with career goals, and names and contact information of two references to the PhD supervisor:

Special Issue "Regulation of Reproductive Function, Fertility and Infertility in Female and Male Dogs" in Animals

Guest-edited by Dr. Balogh and Dr. Gram, this special issue (PDF) aims to compile the latest information on normal reproductive physiology, endocrinology, fertility, and infertility in female and male domestic dogs.

Learn more at journal website, Animals →