Margaret Root, DVM, PhD

Assistant Dean of Education, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Margaret Root

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Assistant Dean of Education, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

College of Veterinary Medicine

PhD, Theriogenology, University of Minnesota, 1995

DVM, University of Minnesota, 1987

Masters in Medical Education, 2015

BS, Biology & Veterinary Science, University of Minnesota, 1983

Diplomate, American College of Theriogenologists


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. She achieved board certification in theriogenology in 1994, completed a PhD in theriogenology in 1995, and a Masters in Medical Education in 2015. She currently is employed as a professor in small animal reproduction and also serves as Assistant Dean of Education of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She is the author of several veterinary texts and one text for dog breeders and is a frequent speaker for lay and veterinary audiences.

Awards & Recognition

  • Excellence in Course Coordination Award, 2008-2009
  • Theriogenologist of the Year, Society for Theriogenology and American College of Theriogenologists, 2010
  • Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Teaching, 2011
  • University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Award for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2011


Research Summary/Interests

  • Testing for canine brucellosis
  • Diagnosis and treatment of canine vaginitis
  • Communication in Veterinary Medicine
  • Teaching Techniques

Research Funding Grants

  • Larson C, Root Kustritz MV. Does intranasal vaccination with Bordetella bronchiseptica vaccine create false positive results on Rapid Slide Agglutination Tests used to detect Brucella canis infection in dogs? $10,567. AKC ACORN grant, 2011.
  • Root Kustritz MV, Rice R. Evaluation of parameters for canine breeding management using banked serum. $9562.50. Society for Theriogenology Foundation, 2011.


For a listing of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.


Teaching Areas

  • Small animal theriogenology
  • Neonatology
  • Clinical Communications


Clinical Interests

Reproductive management of dogs and cats Treatment of infertility Diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the reproductive tract