Rafael Senos, DVM, MA, MSc, DSc (PhD)

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Senior Lecturer - Veterinary Anatomy

Department of Biomedical Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

VRT T5006B, Ithaca, NY 14853

Phone: 607-253-3761


  • DSc (PhD), Anatomy of the Domestic and Wild Animals, Universidade de Sao Paulo - Brazil, 2014
  • MSc, Anatomy of the Domestic and Wild Animals, Universidade de Sao Paulo - Brazil, 2010
  • MA, Education, Tufts University, 2023
  • DVM, Universidade Federal Fluminense - Brazil, 2008
  • Tech in Biotecnology, Centro Federal de Educacao Tecnologica de Nilopolis - Brazil, 2004

Biography/Professional Experience

  • Professional Experience
    • 2010 – 2012: Assistant Professor of Anatomy of the Domestic Animals, Department of Morphology, Universidade Federal Fluminense

    • 2013 – 2016: Consultant for laboratory animals, Alesco

    • 2014 – 2014: Professor of Veterinary Anatomy, Faculdade de Castelo

    • 2014 – 2018: Professor of Veterinary Anatomy, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universidade Estacio de Sa

    • 2016 – 2017: Research Associate, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences - CVM, Michigan State University

    • 2017 – 2019: Research Fellow, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery – Medical School, University of Michigan

    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pathology – School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

    • 2019 – 2023: Assistant Professor of Veterinary Anatomy, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University

    • 2023 – present: Senior Lecturer of Veterinary Anatomy, Department of Biomedical Sciences – CVM, Cornell University

  • Teaching interests
    • The Animal Body (VTMED 5100), which includes gross anatomy, histology, radiology.

    • Function and Dysfunction (VTMED 5300), that includes aspects of physiology and pathology.

  • Research interests  (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rafael-Senos)
    • Experimental orthopaedics: My current main research focus is on translational medicine of the musculoskeletal apparatus. I study the morphological changes promoted by different treatment to orthopaedics pathologies on preclinical models.
    • Veterinary education: Veterinary medical and (specifically) anatomical education is a parallel research interest, from curriculum challenges to diversity and inclusion. I also study the efficiency and acceptance by the students to different supportive methods to teach/learn veterinary anatomy/medicine.
    • Previous area of research
      • Descriptive morphology: During the first years in academia, my research endeavors were focused on descriptive morphology of different organs and systems of non-domestic mammal and avian species.
  • External links

    • @animalplastination (Facebook)

    • @ratanatomy (Facebook)



  • Senos R. Plastinate Library: A Tool to Support Veterinary Anatomy Learning. Animals, 2024. DOI: 10.3390/ani14020223
  • Senos R; Leite CAR; Tolezano FS; Roberto-Rodrigues R; Pérez W. Using videos in active learning: An experience in veterinary anatomy. Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia, 2022. DOI: 10.1111/ahe.12839
  • Senos R; Benedicto HG; Valle CMR; Valle RR; Nayudu PL; Rodrigues MR; Bombonato PP. Collagen quantification in the ventricular walls of the heart of the Common marmoset. The Anatomical Records, 2021.

  • Senos R; Hankenson KD. Calvaria critical-size defect model in rat using piezoelectric equipment. Injury, 2020. DOI: 10.1016/j.injury.2020.04.041
  • Gohel N; Senos R; Goldstein SA; Hankenson KD; Hake ME; Alford AI. Evaluation of global gene expression in regenerate tissues during Masquelet treatment. Journal Orthopaedic Research, 2020. DOI: 10.1002/jor.24676
  • Senos R; Roberto-Rodrigues M; Fernandes RMP; Santos TMP; Pereira Viana L; Lima I; Guzman-Silva MA; Gomes MS; Rici REG; Kfoury Júnior JR. Nandrolone decanoate in induced fracture nonunion with vascular deficit in rat model: morphological aspects. Musculoskeletal Surgery, 2020. DOI: 10.1007/s12306-019-00621-2
  • Senos R; Benedicto HG; del Rio do Valle CM; del Rio do Valle R; Nayudu PL; Kfoury Junior JR; Bombonato PP. Gross morphometry of the heart of the Common marmoset. Folia Morphologica, 2014. DOI: 10.5603/FM.2013.0064
  • Senos R; Benedicto HG. Femoral artery in a Crab-eating fox: case report. Journal of Morphological Sciences, 2014. DOI: 10.4322/jms.rc053813
  • Senos R; Benedicto HG. Gluteal nerves in Crab-eating fox. Journal of Morphological Sciences, 2014. DOI: 10.4322/jms.078314
  • Vazquez N; Senos R; Perez W. Anatomy of the Gross Intestine of the Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris). American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, 2012. DOI: 10.3844/ajavsp.2012.92.95


Awards and Honors

  • Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who, 2022
  • Honorable Mention of the study “Gross morphometry of the heart of the Common squirrel monkey” during the Brazilian Congress of  Anatomy,  Brazilian  Society  of  Anatomy, 2018

  • Cambridge Certificate for Outstanding Educational Achievement for Teaching Veterinary Anatomy, 2017

  • Who's Who in World, Marquis Who's Who, 2016

  • Award in Recognition for Social Responsibly Acts offered by Aliança Brasil Universitária and Fundação Educar D'Paschoal, 2007

  • Award in Recognition for Social Responsibly Acts offered by Aliança Brasil Universitária and Fundação Educar D'Paschoal, 2006

  • President (elected) of the DVM students (Diretório Acadêmico Vital Brazil Filho) of the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of Universidade Federal Fluminense, 2006

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • World Association of Veterinary Anatomists (WAVA)