Prof. Dr. Afif Sevinç was appointed as the first academic member at the department of Reproduction and Artificial Insemination of Ankara University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He took his Phd degree in the department of Zootechnics in 1956 and started his academic career in same year. He became an Associate Professor in 1963 and a Professor in 1969. In addition to instruction, scientific researches and academic publishing, Afif Sevinç took charge in the education of other instructors who have worked in this field. He is known as the pioneer and milestone in the field of Reproduction and Artificial Insemination in Turkish Veterinary Medicine.
Since the very beginning of the Department, its scientific research, popularizing and implementation activities have addressed issues concerning the organization of animal reproduction in Turkey and the improvement of artificial insemination methods. Starting from the second half of the 1970s, the research topics increasingly focused on cryobiology and assisted reproductive technologies in females and males, with special emphasis on studies concerning embryo production and sperm evaluation techniques (i.e., experimental embryology). Department of Reproduction and Artificial Insemination pioneered the first international project in Ankara University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
Throughout its activities, the Department has tried to be as close as possible to animal breeding practice, not losing contact with the greatest achievements of world science. Over the last decade, research workers solved practical and research issues related to animal reproduction biotechnology and assisted reproductive biotechnologies especially on Angora goat, rabbits, sheep, cattle, camelids and poultry). Department has 6 main facilities; Prof. Dr. Afif Sevinç Andrology & Reproduction Clinic, Referenced Spermatology Laboratory, In vitro embryo production Labratory, Clinical Skills Laboratory for Students, Faculty Farm Research laboratory,
Their studies were focused on two main research areas:
◦ Assisted reproductive biotechnologies and controlled reproduction in farm animals.
◦ Sperm and embryo production based on Collection, Package, different cryoprotectant usage in sperm cryopreservation; in vitro embryo production – IVP, in vitro oocyte maturation – IVM, in vitro oocyte fertilization – IVF, spermatology/seminology, flow cytometry, cryopreservation of semen and embryos) as well as animal genotype formation of sperm with the use of laboratory methods.