Paul D. Virkler

Faculty member

Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Senior Extension Associate


Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853

Office: 607.253.3892
Lab: 607.255.8202
Fax: 607.253.4000

Research Interest

Dr. Paul Virkler is a 1998 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell and a 1995 graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell. After graduation he began work at Attica Veterinary Associates in Western NY as a cattle veterinarian doing routine preventative and sick animal veterinary work. He took a six month sabbatical leave to Ragusa, Italy on the island of Sicily where he worked on a milk quality and mastitis project with the goal of improving the quality of a local cheese produced on individual farms. Upon returning to Attica Veterinary Associates he joined the partnership and spent the next six years helping individual farms improve the health of their herds. In 2005, he took a technical service veterinarian position with DeLaval covering the United States, Mexico, and Canada. In this role, he was focused on exploring the ways to improve the interaction between milking equipment and cows through research, training, and product development. Since 2008, he has been a faculty member in the Veterinary Support Services unit at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. In this position, he assists federal, state, and private veterinarians across the United States in disease investigations involving all species, and teaches veterinary students in the field of diagnostic sciences.


  • B.S. - 1995 Animal Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
  • DVM - 1998 College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University

Biography/Professional Experience

  • 2008-present Senior Extension Associate – Veterinary Support Services – Animal Health Diagnostic Center, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (January 2008)
  • 2005–2007 Solution Manager – Rubber and Systems Analysis - DeLaval Inc., Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1998-2005 Dairy Veterinarian and Partner - Attica Veterinary Associates, Attica, New York
  • 1998-1999 Extension Veterinarian - Consorzio-Ricerca Filiera Latteriero-Casearia, Ragusa, Italy
  • 1995 and 1996 Summer Dairy Consultant Assistant – Dairy Production Ideas: John Ferry, Adams, New York
  • Summer 1994 Farm Employee – Porterdale Farms, Watertown, New York
  • 1978-1994 Farm Employee – Floyd C. Graves Farm, Croghan, New York


Liner and Claw Training Manual. DeLaval Inc. Kansas City, MO

Awards and Honors

  • 1998  Anne Besse Prize
  • 1998  Merck Manual Award
  • 1997  Francis H. Fox Scholarship
  • 1997  Phi Zeta, Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1996  Jane Miller Award for Physiology
  • 1994  Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture
  • 1993-1995  Dairy Fellows Program
  • 1993  American Society of Animal Science Award for Scholastics
  • 1993  Frank Morrison Scholarship Award for Animal Science

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners
  • American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • New York State Veterinary Medical Society
  • NMC
  • United States Animal Health Association