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Katie Kennedy,

Role: Senior Veterinarian
Specialist in Surgery
Service Head of Surgical Oncology
Department: Surgery
Dr. Katie Kennedy of the Animal Medical Center in New York City

Dr. Katie Kennedy joined the Animal Medical Center as a Senior Veterinarian in 2017. As one of only a few veterinary surgical oncologists practicing today and the only trained veterinary surgical oncologist practicing in New York City’s five boroughs, Dr. Kennedy plays a vital role in the diagnosis, treatment, and palliation of tumors. Previously, Dr. Kennedy served as a Staff Surgeon at VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists in San Francisco, CA and held a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Colorado State University’s Flint Animal Cancer Center in Fort Collins, CO. After completing an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and a Small Animal Surgical Internship at Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists, Dr. Kennedy completed a Small Animal Surgery Residency at Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and a Master of Science, Veterinary Clinical Sciences degree from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Board Certification and Professional Distinctions:


  • BS in Biochemistry, Cum Laude – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 2005
  • DVM – Colorado State Univerity, Fort Collins, CO, 2009
  • MS in Veterinary Clinical Sciences – Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 2014

Postgraduate Research and Hospital Training:

  • Internship in Small Animal Medicine – University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2010
  • Internship in Small Animal Surgery – Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists, Longmont, CO, 2011
  • Residency in Small Animal Surgery – Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 2014
  • Fellowship in Surgical Oncology – Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center, Fort Collins, CO, 2015

Recent Publications:

Adherence to follow-up recommendations for dogs with apocrine gland anal sac adenocarcinoma: A multicentre retrospective study. Chambers AR, Skinner OT, Mickelson MA, Schlag AN, Butler JR, Wallace ML, Moyer AL, Vinayak A, Samuel N, Kennedy KC, Oakes KE, Scharf VF, Parker LA, Wustefeld-Janssens BG. Vet Comp Oncol. 2020 Apr 7. doi: 10.1111/vco.12597. Online ahead of print.PMID: 32266757

Kennedy KC, Martinez SA, Martinez SE, Tucker RL, Davies NM. Effects of low-level laser therapy on bone healing and signs of pain in dogs following tibial plateau leveling osteotomy. Am J Vet Res. 2018 Aug;79(8):893-904. doi: 10.2460/ajvr.79.8.893. PubMed PMID: 30058855.

Fidel J, Kennedy KC, Dernell WS, Hansen S, Wiss V, Stroud MR, Molho JI, Knoblaugh SE, Meganck J, Olson JM, Rice B, Parrish-Novak J. Preclinical Validation of the Utility of BLZ-100 in Providing Fluorescence Contrast for Imaging Spontaneous Solid Tumors. Cancer Res. 2015 Oct 15;75(20):4283-91. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-15-0471. PubMed PMID: 26471914; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4610180.

Kennedy KC, Fransson BA, Gay JM, Roberts GD. Comparison of Pneumoperitoneum Volumes in Lift Laparoscopy With Variable Lift Locations and Tensile Forces. Vet Surg. 2015 Jul;44 Suppl 1:83-90. doi: 10.1002/vsu.12306. PubMed PMID: 26138231.

Kennedy KC, Perry JA, Duncan CG, Duerr FM. Long digital extensor tendon mineralization and cranial cruciate ligament rupture in a dog. Vet Surg. 2014 Jul;43(5):593-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2014.12153.x. Epub 2014 Jan 30. PubMed PMID: 24479885.

Nanfelt M, Macphail C, Kennedy KC, Eickhoff J. Interlaboratory agreement and handling variability for consistency of results in paired serum bile acid assays. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2012 Jan-Feb;48(1):25-30. doi: 10.5326/JAAHA-MS-5684. Epub 2011 Dec 20. PubMed PMID: 22186717.

Kennedy KC, Tamburello KR, Hardie RJ. Peri-operative morbidity associated with ovariohysterectomy performed as part of a third-year veterinary surgical-training program. J Vet Med Educ. 2011 Winter;38(4):408-13. doi: 10.3138/jvme.38.4.408. PubMed PMID: 22130417.

Kennedy KC, Qurollo BA, Rose BJ, Thamm DH. Epidermal growth factor enhances the malignant phenotype in canine mammary carcinoma cell lines. Vet Comp Oncol. 2011 Sep;9(3):196-206. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-5829.2010.00248.x. Epub 2010 Nov 22. PubMed PMID: 21848622.

Bishop GA, Long CC, Carlsten KS, Kennedy KC, Shaw JR. The Colorado State University Pet Hospice program: end-of-life care for pets and their families. J Vet Med Educ. 2008 Winter;35(4):525-31. doi: 10.3138/jvme.35.4.525. PubMed PMID: 19228904.