About Doc Sanders


Dr. Don (Doc) Sanders D.V.M., DACT

Diplomate in Theriogenology (DACT) is a board-certified animal reproduction specialist. There are about 500 of these specialists worldwide.
, PAS is a retired large animal veterinary practitioner, farmer, author, and radio personality. In 1981 he became a board-certified theriogenologist
Theriogenology is the veterinary study of animal reproduction.
in the American College of Theriogenology. There are approximately 500 board-certified Theriogenologists world-wide. He has served as president of the Society for Theriogenology, a 3,000 veterinary member organization which is an organization for any veterinarian with interests in animal reproduction. In 2013, he was named as one of the top 20 large animal veterinarians in the U.S. Later in his career, he was recruited to join The Ohio State University as an Associate Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine Large Animal Field Services. Author of 11 books, he has a new book of stories entitled Beyond the Barn, a veterinary and human life stories book to be published in the spring of 2023.

Doc Sanders has traveled the world as a dairy consultant to the World Bank, trained veterinarians, dairy farm managers and their staff in China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Ukraine, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Nicaragua. He writes a monthly column for Ohio’s Country Journal.  He is also the co-host of Beyond the Barn, a local radio show aired on Ready FM 105.1.  

In 2023, Doc Sanders was chosen for the Ohio Ag Hall of Fame. This recognition honors those who have dedicated their lives to working in and promoting Ohio's farm community.

Doc Sanders is a member of the following Organizations:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (>100,000 members)
  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners
  • American Association of Swine Veterinarians
  • Diplomate American College of Theriogenology
    The American College of Theriogenology are those veterinarians who have completed a residency of three years or field experience under the supervision of a board-certified Theriogenologist (veterinarian). These board-certified Theriogenologists after three years of training have passed an intensive written examination, an oral examination and written a clinical paper on a Theriogenology theme. Board-certified veterinarians can be equated with someone who has gotten a veterinary PhD and are referred to as Diplomates of the American College of Theriogenology similar to a veterinarian board-certified surgeon being a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
  • Ohio Veterinary Medical Association
  • Society for Theriogenology
    The Society for Theriogenology are veterinarians with a major interest in companion and large animal reproduction. Other than having a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree they do not have an advanced certification. This Society is not open to non-veterinarians.
  • American Dairy Science Association
  • Council for Agriculture, Science and Technology (CAST)
  • Ohio Agriculture Council