Muenten, Donald J.

Donald J. Meuten, DVM, PhD

After receiving his DVM from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1974, Dr. Donald Meuten spent a year in private practice in Connecticut, New York, and California. In 1975 he returned to academia to complete a large animal medicine internship at the University of Guelph and in 1977 he completed another internship in the Department of Pathology at Cornell University.  Dr. Meuten's next move was to The Ohio State University where he began a residency in Clinical Pathology in the Department of Veterinary Pathology (now Veterinary Biosciences), leading to a PhD in 1981.

Dr. Meuten began his formal career in academia in 1981 as an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology at Texas A&M University. He moved to North Carolina State University in 1983 where he was promoted to associate professor and in 1990 became a full professor. Dr. Meuten continues to teach and mentor graduate students at NC State and travels extensively as an invited speaker at state, national, and international meetings. Dr. Meuten also is an owner of Bunn Animal Hospital with his wife, Dr. Nicki Young.

Over the past three decades Dr. Meuten's influence and contributions to the fields of veterinary pathology and education have made a tremendous impact on the future of his students and discipline. He is an exception teacher and mentor and has earned many awards for his teaching at NC State including four "Outstanding Teaching Awards." Dr. Meuten has an extensive publication record in peer-review journals and textbooks and is the editor of an essential textbook, Tumors of Domestic Animals, which can be found on the bookshelves of virtually all pathology trainees and pathologists.Some of his research contributions to the profession include novel discoveries of hypercalcemia and malignancy, creating the formula used to adjust calcium for albumin concentration, and was the first to report cryptosporidiosis in dairy calves.

Dr. Meuten is among a small, illustrious group within the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) who is dual certified in both veterinary anatomic and clinical pathology. He has devoted many years of service back to the ACVP through various roles, with two of the more notable including a five year tenure preparing and administering the ACVP certifying examination and as the 2009 ACVP President.He represents academia in this diverse group that also includes industry, government, and diagnostic laboratories and deserves recognition for the significant effort he has invested in developing future generations of academic veterinary pathologists.