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We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Erica Behling-Kelly, DVM, PhD, DACVP, as Director of the Clinical Pathology Laboratory, effective February 1, 2018. Dr. Behling-Kelly takes over leadership of the laboratory from Dr. Tracy Stokol, BVSc, PhD, DACVP, who has led the laboratory since 2002.

Congratulations to Dr. Erica Behling-Kelly who recently won the inaugural Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology. Way to go, Dr. Behling-Kelly!!! For more on the award, please click here.

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Recent publications from the Clin Path crew:

  • "Diagnostic performance of cytology for assessment of hepatic lipid content in dairy cattle."
    Fry MM, Yao B, Ríos C, Wong C, Mann S, McArt JAA, Nydam DV, Leal Yepes FA, Viesselmann L, Geick A, Goldin K, Jordan A, Behling-Kelly E. J Dairy Sci. 2018 Feb;101(2):1379-1387. doi: 10.3168/jds.2017-12897. Epub 2017 Dec 14.
    PMID: 29248218
  • "In vitro Inhibition of Canine Complement-Mediated Hemolysis." Hernandez DM, Goggs R, Behling-Kelly E. J Vet Intern Med. 2018 Jan;32(1):142-146. doi: 10.1111/jvim.14871. Epub 2017 Nov 24.
    PMID: 2917110
  • "Development of a plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI-1) assay and comparison of plasma PAI-1 activity in hyperlipidemic/dyslipidemic dogs with either hyperadrenocorticism or diabetes mellitus, and healthy dogs" by Wong CJ, Koch M, Behling-Kelly EL. in Res Vet Sci. 2017 Apr;111:1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2016.11.004. Epub 2016 Nov 8.
    PMID: 28266313
  • "Acute leukemia in six horses (1990-2012)" by Barrell EA, Asakawa MG, Felippe MJB, Divers TJ, Stokol T. in J Vet Diagn Invest. 2017 Jul;29(4):529-535. doi: 10.1177/1040638717707724. Epub 2017 May 3.
    PMID: 28467276
  • " Dogs with Acute Myeloid Leukemia Have Clonal Rearrangements in T and B Cell Receptors" by Stokol T, Nickerson GA, Shuman M, Belcher N. in Front Vet Sci. 2017 May 31;4:76. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2017.00076. eCollection 2017.
    PMID: 28620611
  • "Unfractionated and Low-Molecular-Weight Heparin and the Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors, IBMX and Cilostazol, Block Ex Vivo Equid Herpesvirus Type-1-Induced Platelet Activation" by Stokol T, Serpa PBS, Zahid MN, Brooks MB. in Front Vet Sci. 2016 Nov 17;3:99. eCollection 2016. Erratum in: Front Vet Sci. 2017 Feb 10;4:10.
    PMID: 27909693
  • "Evaluation of procoagulant tissue factor expression in canine hemangiosarcoma cell lines” by Lauren Witter and colleagues in Dr. Stokol’s laboratory in the American Journal of Veterinary Research 2017 doi: 10.2460/ajvr.78.1.69.
    PMID: 28029283
  • "Atypical chronic myeloid leukemia in a German Shepherd Dog”, a case report in the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation by Drs. Marino (University of Pennsylvania), Tran and Stokol, 2017 Feb 1:1040638716689581. doi: 10.1177/1040638716689581. 
    PMID: 28205462
  • “Hepatic osteodystrophy in a golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia)”, a case report in the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine by Dr. Choi and colleagues, with Dr. Behling-Kelly, 2016.
    PMID: 27691975
  • "Effects of various antiplatelet drugs on ex vivo platelet activation induced by equine herpesvirus type 1.” by Dr. Hernandez and colleagues in Dr. Stokol’s laboratory in the American Journal of Veterinary Research 2016.
    PMID: 27901390
  • "Veterinary Pathology - A Path Forward with New Directions and Opportunities" by Dr. Tracy Stokol in Frontiers of Veterinary Science, 2016 Aug 31;3:76. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2016.00076. eCollection 2016. Dr. Stokol became the Chief Editor of the section of Experimental and Diagnostic Pathology, a new section in Frontiers of Veterinary Science, in June 2016 and this is the “Grand Challenge” article for this section.
    PMID: 27630996
  • "Quality Assurance and Quality Control in Point-of-Care Testing” by Dr. Ashleigh Newman and Dr. Behling-Kelly in Topics of Companion Animal Medicine, 2016.
    PMID: 27451043
  • "Retrospective study of reticulocyte indices as indicators of iron-restricted erythropoiesis in dogs with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia” by Dr. Deanna Schaefer (now at University of Tennessee) and Dr. Tracy Stokol in the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 2016.
    PMID: 27034340
  • "Comparison of 2 electrophoretic methods and a wet-chemistry method in the analysis of canine lipoproteins.” by Dr. Erica Behling-Kelly in Veterinary Clinical Pathology. 2016
    PMID: 26756397
  • "Impact of dietary plane of energy during the dry period on lipoprotein parameters in the transition period in dairy cattle” by Dr. Ashleigh Newman and Dr. Erica Behling-Kelly, with colleagues in the Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition. 2016
    PMID: 25958934
  • "Role of tissue factor expression in thrombin generation by canine tumor cells.” by Dr. Erika Gruber and Dr. Stokol, with colleague, Dr. James Catalfamo in the American Journal of Veterinary Research. 2016
    PMID: 27027841 


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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