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Kelly Knickelbein, VMD

Kelly Knickelbein

Department of Clinical Sciences

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
Assistant Professor, Section of Ophthalmology

Department of Clinical Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
930 Campus Road, Box 31
Ithaca, NY 14853


Research/Clinical Interest

  • Genetic mechanisms of heritable ocular disorders in horses
  • Characterization of the equine eye using ultrasound biomicroscopy     

Education and Training

  • 2017-2021           Comparative Ophthalmology Residency, University of California-Davis
  • 2016-2017           Comparative Ophthalmology Internship, University of California-Davis
  • 2015-2016           Equine Medicine and Surgery Internship, Rhinebeck Equine
  • 2015                      VMD, University of Pennsylvania, Magna cum laude
  • 2009                      BS, Biological Sciences, Duquesne University


Dr. Knickelbein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed an internship in equine medicine and surgery at Rhinebeck Equine and a comparative ophthalmology internship at the University of California-Davis. Following this, she completed a residency in comparative ophthalmology at UC Davis. Dr. Knickelbein is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

Dr. Knickelbein thoroughly enjoys the comparative nature of ophthalmology. Her primary interests include equine ophthalmology, heritable ocular disorders, and ophthalmic imaging.


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Awards and Honors

  • 2021      Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • 2020      American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Resident Manuscript Award – Clinical Research
  • 2020      James M. Wilson Award for Outstanding Equine Research Publication
  • 2015      American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Certificate of Clinical Excellence
  • 2015      Janet K. Johnston Large Animal Emergency and Critical Care Award
  • 2014-2015           Phi Zeta, Beta Chapter

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium
  • American Association of Equine Practitioners