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Welcome Dr. Brandt!

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Laura Brandt to the Clinical Pathology Team!

Dr. Laura Brandt completed veterinary school at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She then made her way to the Chicago suburbs where she completed a private practice, one year, small animal rotating internship. After her internship, Dr. Brandt stayed on at the practice for a year as an emergency clinician. While she enjoyed the interesting cases and animal contact, the serenity of time spent at the microscope won out and Dr. Brandt completed a clinical pathology residency at Colorado State University in 2011. Simultaneously, she obtained a master’s degree in microbiology. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Brandt took a position with Gribbles Veterinary, a commercial diagnostic laboratory in Auckland, New Zealand, where she has lived for the past three years. While in New Zealand, she enjoyed touring local wineries, overnight backpacking and hiking, walking her dog, feasting on seafood, taking in gorgeous scenery, getting to know local bird life and began diving and sailing (to which she is still quite new). Dr. Brandt comes to Ithaca with her two cats and singular terrier (one of these is enough) and looks forward to honing her teaching skills and getting out amongst it in the surrounding countryside.

Past Spotlights

Our new eClinPath website, an online educational resource for veterinarians, is here!

Congratulations are in order! Check out Dr. Ashleigh Newman’s and Dr. Erica Behling-Kelly’s research publication “Reporting and interpreting red blood cell morphology: is there discordance between clinical pathologists and clinicians?” in the latest issue of Veterinary Clinical Pathology. The aims of their study, which was done in collaboration with Dr. Mark Rishniw, were to survey clinicians and CPs about RBC-M terms and their clinical value, and identify areas of agreement and discordance. This is the second time one of Dr. Behling-Kelly’s publications was an “Editor’s Choice” in VCP!


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The Clinical Pathology Laboratory is in the Department of Population Medicine and is also a unit of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University. The Laboratory is staffed by three clinical pathologists, all of whom are board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, 2 clinical pathology residents, a laboratory manager, 7 medical technologists and 2 administrative assistants. We have a high-volume, high-quality laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art analyzers. We provide diagnostic testing and professional consultation services to the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, to researchers affiliated with Cornell University and to private veterinary practitioners and researchers throughout New York, the USA, and worldwide.

The clinical pathology section is an academic unit with three mandates:

  • Professional diagnostic service: We are committed to performing high-quality, timely, comprehensive, and accurate laboratory testing of animal specimens in the areas of hematology, clinical chemistry, diagnostic cytology, immunology, and urinalysis. As part of this service, we provide professional consultation for our laboratory results.
  • Education: We are dedicated to educating current and future veterinarians in clinical pathology through our residency program, interactive case-based lectures, laboratories and seminars, elective laboratory rotations for students, interns and residents, and web-based educational resources (see eClinPath below).
  • Research: We are committed to contributing to the advancement of knowledge in clinical pathology through investigative research. Our faculty and residents are actively involved in clinical applied research, which is a vital component of our residency training program.  Current research areas of interest are:
    • Hematopoietic neoplasia, such as leukemia and lymphoma
    • Thrombotic disorders in animals
    • Hematologic disorders, including iron deficiency anemia and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia