Sara Colopy, DVM, PhD, DACVS, Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Surgical Sciences
Office: 3126

Sara Colopy, DVM, PhD, DACVS, Clinical Assistant Professor

Titles and Education

  1. In Progress: Certificate for Diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary Medicine. Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine

  2. 2012-2014 Capstone Certificate in the Fundamentals of Clinical Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  3. 2008-2012 PhD, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  4. 2009 Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary
  5. 2005 - 2008 Residency in Small Animal Surgery University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine
  6. 2004 - 2005 Small animal rotating internship North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
  7. 2000 - 2004 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine
  8. 1998 - 2000 Pre-veterinary Undergraduate Prerequisites University of Wisconsin – Madison, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences


Dr. Colopy's primary research interest is understanding the development and repair of the urinary bladder epithelium. She is focused on the identification of progenitor cells in the urinary bladder and the signaling mechanisms that cause these cells to proliferate in the face of injury. She completed her PhD in August, 2012.  She received a career development award (KL2 Scholars Program), funded by the NIH through the UW Institute of Clinical and Translational Research Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).  This award supports new clinical and translational investigators with training, mentoring, and protected time to develop an independent research program. 


In addition to research and clinical responsibilities, Dr. Colopy participates in the education of veterinary students, interns, and surgical residents at the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.

Clinical Interests

General Surgery, Surgery of the Urogenital Tract, Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery, Thoracic Surgery

Graduate Training

2012 PhD, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Evaluated the location and function of progenitor cells within the urinary bladder epithelium during development and in response to inflammation. Evaluated signaling mechanisms responsible for urothelial proliferation and repair. 

Recent Publications

  1. Dickerson VM, Grimes JA, Vetter ABJ, Colopy SA, Duval JM, Northrup NC, Schmiedt CW. Outcome following cosmetic rostral nasal reconstruction after nasal planectomy in 26 dogs. Vet Surg 2019;48(1):64-69.
  2. Ruetten H, Wegner, KA, Sullivan R, Romero MF, Wood MW, Marker PC, Strand D, Colopy SA, Vezina CM. Prostatic collagen architecture in neutered and intact canines. Prostate 2018;78(11):839-848.

  3. Kroner KT, Budgeon C, Colopy SA. Update on Surgical Principles and Equipment. Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract. 2016;19(1):13-32. [PMCID:PMC4662775]
  4. Mickelson MA, Mans C, Colopy SA. Principles of wound management and wound healing in exotic pets. Vet Clin North Am Exot Anim Pract. 2016;19(1):33-53. [PMCID:PMC4663678]

  5. Colopy SA, Bjorling DE, Mulligan W, Bushman W. A population of progenitor cells in the basal and intermediate layers of the murine bladder urothelium contributes to urothelial development and regeneration. Dev Dyn 2014; 243(8):988-998. [PMCID: PMC4111772]
  6. Neilsen C, Mans C, Colopy SA. Gastric dilatation and volvulus in a red panda (Ailurus Fulgens). Vet Surg 2014; 43(8):1001-1003. [PMCID: PMC4112165]
  7. Sumner JP, Mueller T, Clapp K, Darien BJ, Forrest LJ, Colopy SA. Modified ear canal ablation and lateral bulla osteotomy for management of otitis media in an alpaca. Vet Surg 2012; 41(2):273-277.  [PMCID: PMC3360924]
  8. Boehm B*, Colopy SA*, Jerde T, Loftus C, Bushman W.  Acute bacterial inflammation of the mouse prostate.  Prostate 2012;72(3):307-317.  (*denotes equal contribution) [PMCID: PMC3253960]
  9. Colopy SA, Dennison SE, Kerwin-Lucchi L, Danielson KC. What is your diagnosis? Ectopic ureterocele. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2011;238:293-294. [PMCID: PMC3089002]