Karen Young, VMD, PhD, Clinical Professor


Department of Pathobiological Sciences
Office: 3270C

Karen Young, VMD, PhD, Clinical Professor

Titles and Education

  1. Clinical Professor of Clinical Pathology
  2. BA 1973, University of Pennsylvania
  3. VMD 1978, University of Pennsylvania
  4. PhD 1985, University of Pennsylvania
  5. Internship 1978-79, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, University of Pennsylvania
  6. Residency 1979-81, Medical Oncology, University of Pennsylvania


Educational research: effective ways to teach problem-solving and diagnostic reasoning
Diagnostic clinical pathology


Teaching: Veterinary Clinical Pathology, year 2, semester 2; Active Integrated Learning, year 2, both semesters; resident-training in clinical pathology; scientific writing workshops; publication ethics
Immediate Past Editor, Veterinary Clinical Pathology, An International Journal of Laboratory Medicine

Clinical Interests

UW Veterinary Care Chief of Staff for Diagnostic Services
Co-administrator of the Clinical Pathology Laboratory
Duty clinical pathologist on rotating basis

Graduate Training

Resident-training program in veterinary clinical pathology (see http://www.asvcp.org under Students/Residents and then Training Opportunities/Residency Programs): The program includes 3 years of training in hematology, clinical chemistry, coagulation, urinalysis, and cytology as well as in areas such as clinical immunology, parasitology, and microbiology. We have strong interactions with oncology, internal medicine, and anatomic pathology, and our department has many outstanding research programs. The School is rich in clinical, teaching, and research interactions, and there are many opportunities to participate in rounds, seminars, and continuing education. Residents play a role in instruction of 2nd and 4th year veterinary students and engage in a resident research project or series of case reports. 

Recent Publications

  1. Hartmann FA, Dusick AF, Young KM. Disinfectant-filled footmats and impact on mechanical transmission of bacteria in a veterinary teaching hospital. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2013;242(5):682-688.
  2. Young KM. The eyes and associated structures. In: Valenciano AC, Cowell RL, eds. Cowell and Tyler's Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Dog and Cat. 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby/Elsevier; 2014: 150-170.
  3. Friedrichs KR, Young KM. Diagnostic cytopathology in clinical oncology. In: Withrow SJ, Vail DM, Page RL, eds. Withrow & MacEwen's Small Animal Clinical Oncology. 5th ed. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders; 2013:111-130.
  4. Christopher MM, Young KM. Writing for Publication in Veterinary Medicine. A Practical Guide for Researchers and Clinicians. Wiley-Blackwell; ©2011. Available at http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-612222.html
  5. Young KM, Meadows RL. Eosinophils and their disorders. In: Weiss DJ, Wardrop KJ, eds. Schalm’s Veterinary Hematology. 6th ed. Ames, IA: Wiley-Blackwell; 2010:281-289.