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Jonathan Cheetham, VetMB, PhD, DACVS

Department of Clinical Sciences

Diplomate - American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Senior Associate Chair, Department of Clinical Sciences
Associate Professor, Section of Large Animal Surgery

Cheetham Laboratory

Department of Clinical Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
930 Campus Road, Box 34
Ithaca, NY 14853


Research/Clinical Interest

  • Research: Peripheral nerve repair. Specifically, understanding the relationship between the immune response to nerve injury and recovery and modulating the immune response to improve functional outcome after injury. Restoring laryngeal function using regenerative medicine techniques combined with reinnervation.
  • Clinical: Upper airway surgery and equine sports medicine.

Education and Training

  • 2008     Cornell University, Biomedical Sciences, PhD
  • 1996     St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, Medical Sciences, MA
  • 1995     Cambridge University, Veterinary Clinical Science, VetMB
  • 1992     St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, Medical Sciences, BA 


After receiving his VetMB and Masters degrees from Cambridge University in 1995 and 1996 Dr. Cheetham worked in first opinion and referral equine practice in the UK for several years.  He came to Cornell for a residency in large animal surgery in 2003 and completed the PhD there in 2008.  He was appointed Principal Research Scientist in the Department of Clinical Sciences in 2013 and was appointed Associate Professor in 2016.
Clinically, he works with equine sports medicine and upper airway cases. His laboratory focuses on understanding the role of macrophages in the early immune response to nerve injury and applying this knowledge to improve functional outcomes after nerve graft.
Dr. Cheetham is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, a member of numerous professional organizations, and holds a patent for an injectable nerve repair with hydrogel (US 14/840,992).
In his free time Dr. Cheetham is an avid triathlete and has completed the Lake Placid Ironman triathlon.


Please select the PubMed or ORCid link for a complete list of Dr. Cheetham's publications.



Awards and Honors

  • 2013       Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence
  • 2012-15  Harry M. Zweig Principal Research Scientist
  • 2007       Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • 2007       Grayson Jockey Club Storm Cat Career Advancement Award

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • European Laryngological Society
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society
  • Society for Neuroscience