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Jennifer Bloodgood, DVM, PhD, MS

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Department of Public & Ecosystem Health

Assistant Professor of Practice

Public & Ecosystem Health

Department of Public & Ecosystem Health
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853


Research Interest

As both a wildlife veterinarian and biologist, I have a broad interest in free-ranging wildlife health and disease. I have particular interests in pathology, infectious disease, and the interface of human and wildlife health. I have worked on diverse projects in a variety of species such as causes of death in cetaceans in the Gulf of Mexico, rehabilitating green sea turtle nutrition and public perception of wildlife rehabilitation, chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer, bald eagle egg-lay dates in relation to climate change, and surveillance for West Nile virus in mosquito populations.


  • 2020: DVM, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

  • 2016: PhD, University of Georgia, Integrative Conservation in Forestry and Natural Resources

  • 2010: MS, Clemson University, Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

  • 2009: BS, Clemson University, Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

Biography/Professional Experience

  • 2022 – Present: Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Public and Ecosystem Health, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

  • 2022 – Present: Wildlife Veterinarian, New York State Wildlife Health Program

  • 2022 – Present: Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

  • 2021 – 2022: Part-time Faculty, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

  • 2020 – 2022: Research Veterinarian, Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, AL

  • 2020 – 2022: Research Senior Marine Scientist I, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, AL

  • 2017 – 2019: Research Technician, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

  • 2012 –2013: Curator of Veterinary Services, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC

  • 2012: Research Technician, Aquatic Epidemiology Lab, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

  • 2010 – 2011: Research Assistant, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

  • 2007 – 2008: Research Assistant, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Select Publications

  1. Bloodgood, J.C.G., M.L. Russell, C.D. Clark, E. Hieb, R.H. Carmichael. 2022. From monitoring to final disposition, collaborative response to the first live sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) stranding in Alabama, USA. Aquatic Mammals, 48(6):485-494.
  2. Russell, M.L., J.C.G. Bloodgood, and R.H. Carmichael. 2022. Four decades of stranding response: Demographic, spatial, and temporal trends of cetacean strandings in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, 23(1):171-182.
  3. Nesbitt, K., J.C.G. Bloodgood, M. Mullis, A.C. Deming, K.M. Colegrove, B. Kiel Reese. 2022. Draft genome sequences of Erysipelothrix sp. isolated from stranded septic bottlenose dolphins in Alabama, USA. Microbiology Resource Announcements, 11(7):e0027322.
  4. Bloodgood, J.C.G., M. Kiupel, J. Melotti, and K. Straka. 2021. Chronic wasting disease diagnostic discrepancies: The importance of testing both medial retropharyngeal lymph nodes. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 57(1):194-198.
  5. Clarke, L.L., D.G. Mead, M.G. Ruder, D.L. Carter, J.C.G. Bloodgood, and E. Howerth. 2021. Experimental infection of domestic piglets (Sus scrofa) with Rift Valley fever virus. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 106(1):182-186.
  6. Bloodgood, J.C.G., T.M. Norton, L.A. Hoopes, P. Thompson, T. Waltzek, and S.M. Hernandez. 2020. The effect of diet on the gastrointestinal microbiome of juvenile rehabilitating green turtles (Chelonia mydas). PLOS One, 15(1):e0227060.
  7. Laconi, A., E.A.W.S. Weerts, J.C.G. Bloodgood, J.P. Deniz Marrero, A. Berends, G. Cocciolo, J.J. de Wit, and M.H. Verheije. 2020. Attenuated live infectious bronchitis virus QX vaccine disseminates slowly to secondary target organs. Vaccine, 38(6):1486-1493.
  8. Brownson, K, J. Chappell, J. Meador, J. Bloodgood, J. Howard, L. Kosen, H. Burnett, T. Gancos-Crawford, E. Guinessey, N. Heynen, C. Mertzlufft, S. Ortiz, C. Pringle. 2020. Land trusts as conservation boundary organizations in rapidly exurbanizing landscapes: A case study from southern Appalachia. Society & Natural Resources.
  9. Bloodgood, J.C.G., T.M. Norton, L.A. Hoopes, N.I. Stacy, and S.M. Hernandez. 2019. Comparison of hematological, plasma biochemical, and nutritional analytes of rehabilitating and apparently healthy free-ranging Atlantic green turtles (Chelonia mydas). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 50(1):69-81.

Awards and Honors

  • 2018: Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholar

  • 2018: Wildlife Disease Association Graduate Student Scholarship Award

  • 2017: American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians Student Travel Award

  • 2017: American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians Graduate Student Scholarship Award

  • 2016: Dorothy and Thomas Morris Scholarship

  • 2016: Martha Love May Memorial Scholarship

  • 2015-2016: UGA Integrative Conservation Research Assistantship

  • 2013-2015: UGA Graduate School PhD Scholars of Excellence Assistantship

  • 2014-2015: Robert W. & June C. Porterfield Memorial Scholarship

  • 2014: UGA Center for Integrative Conservation Featured Researcher

  • 2009-2010: SC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Graduate Assistantship

  • 2009: Clemson University Wildlife Biology Outstanding Student Award

  • 2005: Kennelly-Voss Scholarship

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • Wildlife Disease Association
  • American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians