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Richard E. Goldstein DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), DECVIM-CA

Staff Doctor
Chief Medical Officer

Prior to joining The AMC, Dr. Richard Goldstein was a faculty member at Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences. Most recently he served as an Associate Professor of Small Animal Medicine and Chief of the medicine service.  He is board certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine by both the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Companion Animals. Prior to joining the faculty at Cornell, Dr. Goldstein spent two years in a private specialty practice in Southern California.

Dr. Goldstein currently serves on the Editorial Review Board for multiple veterinary journals and is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Endocrinology Society Research Award and the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award. 

A respected researcher author, lecturer and teacher, Dr. Goldstein has published over 60 research papers and textbook chapters to date.  He is internationally recognized for his expertise in infectious diseases in dogs and cats, especially those that affect kidneys, such as Lyme Disease and Leptospirosis. 


  • BS (Summa Cum Laude) - Institute of Biological Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, 1989
  • DVM - Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel, 1993
  • Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery - Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel, 1994
  • Residency in Small Animal Medicine - Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, University of California, Davis, CA, 1998

Recent Publications

  • Midence JN, Leutenegger CM, Chandler AM and Goldstein RE. Effects of recent Leptospira vaccination on whole blood real-time PCR testing in healthy client owned dogs. JVIM. 2012 Jan-Feb;26(1):149-52.
  • Rawlinson RE, Goldstein RE, Reiter AM, Atwater DZ and Harvey CE. Association of periodontal disease with systemic health indices and the systemic response to periodontal treatment. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2011 Mar 1;238(5):601-9
  • Sykes JE, Hartmann K, Lunn KF, Moore GE, Stoddard RA and Goldstein RE. 2010 ACVIM/ISCAID small animal consensus statement on leptospirosis: diagnosis, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention. JVIM. 2011 Jan-Feb;25(1):1-13
  • Sox EM and Goldstein RE. The use of gadolinium diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid, as measured by ELISA, in the determination of glomerular filtration rates in cats. J Feline Med Surg 2010 Oct;12(10):738-45.
  • Richard E. Rawson RE, Dispensa ME, Goldstein RE, Nicholson KW, and Vidal NK. A simulation for teaching the basic and clinical science of fluid therapy. Adv Physiol Educ 33: 202-208, 2009.
  • Goldstein RE, Narala S, Sabet N, Goldstein O, and McDonough SP. Primary hyperoxaluria in cats is caused by a mutation in the feline GRHPR gene. Journal of Heredity 100 (Supplement 1): S2-S7, 2009.
  • Schaefer C and Goldstein RE, Canine primary hyperparathyroidism. Compendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian 31(8): 382-390, 2009.
  • Goldstein RE. Quantitative measurement of C6 antibody to assess response to antibiotic treatment in dogs. Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian 31(4)(A), 2009.
  • Schaefer DM, Priest H, Stokol T, Goldstein RE, Belcher N. Anticoagulant-dependent in vitro hemagglutination in a cat. Vet Clin Pathol 38(2):194-200, Jun 2009. Epub Mar 12, 2009.
  • Sekis I, Ramstead K, Rishniw M, Schwark WS, McDonough SP, Goldstein RE, Papich M,and Simpson KW. Single-dose pharmacokinetics and genotoxicity of metronidazole in cats. J Feline Med Surg 11(2): 60-8, Feb 2009. Epub Jan 19, 2009.
  • Cianciolo RE, Bischoff K, Ebel JG, Van Winkle TJ, Goldstein RE, Serfilippi LM. Clinicopathologic, histologic, and toxicologic findings in 70 cats inadvertently exposed to pet food contaminated with melamine and cyanuric acid. J Am Vet Med Assoc 233(5): 729-37, Sep 1, 2008.
  • Shanies TA, Goldstein RE, Njaa BL, Atwater DZ, Chang YF Simpson KW. The search for intact Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria in kidneys from dogs suspected of suffering From “Lyme Nephritis”. J Vet Intern Med 22(4): 860-5, Jul-Aug 2008.
  • Janeczko S, Atwater D, Bogel E, Greiter-Wilke A, Gerold A, Baumgart M, Bender H, McDonough PL, McDonough SP, Goldstein RE, Simpson KW. The relationship of mucosal bacteria to duodenal histopathology, cytokine mRNA, and clinical disease activity in cats with inflammatory bowel disease. Vet Microbiol 128(1-2): 178-93, Apr 1, 2008. Epub 2007 Oct 22.
  • Kiselow MA, Rassnick KM, McDonough SP, Goldstein RE, Simpson KW, Weinkle TK, Erb HN. Outcome of cats with low-grade lymphocytic lymphoma: 41 cases (1995-2005). J Am Vet Med Assoc 232(3): 405-10, Feb 1 2008.
  • Autio K, Rassnick KM, Goldstein RE, Erb HN. Microalbuminuria is not associated with cisplatin-induced azotemia in dogs. J Vet Intern Med 21(6): 1198-202, Nov-Dec 2007.
  • Goldstein RE, Cordner AP, Sandler JL, Bellohusen BA, & Erb HN. Microalbuminuria and comparison of serologic testing for exposure to Borrelia burgdorferi in non-clinical Labrador and Golden retrievers. J Vet Diag Invest 19(3): 294-7, May 2007.
  • Goldstein RE, Atwater DZ, Cazolli DM, Goldstein O, Wade CM and Lindblad-Toh K. Analysis of inheritance, mode of inheritance and candidate genes for primary hyperparathyroidism in Keeshonden. J Vet Intern Med 21(1): 199-203, Jan-Feb 2007.
  • Mayer-Ronne B, Goldstein RE, Erb HN. Urinary tract infections in cats with hyperthyroidism, diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease. J Feline Med Surg 9(2): 124-32, Apr 2007. Epub Nov 7, 2006.
  • Goldstein RE, Lin RC, Langston CE, Erb HN, Scrivani PV and Barr SC. Influence of infecting serogroup on clinical features of leptospirosis in dogs. J Vet Intern Med 20(3): 489-94, May-Jun 2006.
  • Simpson KW, Dogan B, Rishniw M, Goldstein RE et al. Adherent and invasive Escherichia coli are associated with ulcerative colitis in Boxer dogs. Infect Immun 74(8): 4778-92, Aug 2006.
  • McClellan JM, Goldstein RE, Erb HN, Dykes N, Cowgill LD. The effects of fluid and diuretic therapies on glomerular filtration rate, renal blood flow and urine output in healthy, awake cats. Am J Vet Res 67(4): 715-22, Apr 2006.
  • Littman MP, Goldstein RE, Labato MA, Lappin ML, and Moore GE. ACVIM Small Animal Consensus Statement on Lyme Disease in Dogs: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention. J Vet Intern Med 20(2): 422-34, Mar-Apr 2006.
  • Peters RM, Goldstein RE, Erb HN, Njaa BL. Histopathologic features of canine uremic gastropathy: a retrospective study. J Vet Intern Med 19: 315-320, 2005.
  • Goldstein RE and Westropp JL. Urodynamic testing in the diagnosis of small animal micturition disorders. Clin Tech Small Anim Pract 20(1): 65-72. Feb 2005.
Dr. Richard Goldstein


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Pet Stories

  • Sweepy & Shuni

    The doctors of the Animal Medical Center saved my cat Sweepy's life and gave her another five wonderful years of life. This was my most dramatic experience with the AMC but neither my first nor last. 

  • Daisy the Guinea Pig

    Daisy, my three year old guinea pig recently had surgery at the Animal Medical Center to remove an infected toe on her front foot.  Dr. Quesenberry tried to save it with antibiotics, cream and bandages before having to perform surgery.

  • A Shih Tzu Named Shai

    We adopted Shai through a foster family to discover she was mostly blind from abuse. Only months later, her retina detached and she became fully blind. This brave and small Shih Tzu still acclimated well, until she suffered a stroke. We came home to a normally snuggly pup who that day could not get up off of her side. 

  • Kugel's Story

    Kugel found us or we found Kugel only a few years ago - not sure how the story starts. But, since we first got Kugel she was very sick. The fabulous Dr. Kim Alexander helped us determine it was gastric lymphoma. 

  • Katie's Story

    Thanks to Dr. Chick Weisse, Katie will turn 3 this October. Katie was diagnosed with a liver shunt at 3 months old. Dr. Weisse put her on medications till she was old enough to have the surgery correct her problem. 

  • Sandy the Beagle

    Read the 2013 UPDATE! Two years ago Sandy, my 10 year old Beagle began drinking excess amounts of water. Concerned, but not thinking it was life threatening, I brought her to my local vet. The doctor ran some blood tests. Then he told me it could be a sign of cancer.

  • Nico, Our Little Bundle of Joy

    Nico is our little bundle of Joy! He loves to play with his favorite squeaky toys, his best bud aka brother Tsember the German Shepherd, loves all the yummy treats he can get and can get super hyper with excitement; especially when you come home or when his bud Tsember comes over to play.

  • Happy 9th Birthday, Polly!

    Today is my little Polly’s 9th birthday. Without AMCNY, she would not have this day. I got her when she 10 weeks old and deathly ill with pneumonia. We had been to several vets and many tried the usual treatments, to no avail. 

  • Gypsy the Cat

    In the early 1990s, I adopted a male tabby kitten, the runt of the litter. I named him Gypsy. He was a beautiful, playful little guy who drove my older cat crazy with his antics. 

  • Hiro, Our Hero

    Hiro is our 3 year old cockapoo. When we got him neutered at 7 months, the vet we took him to accidentally cut his urethra. Once we learned of this accident the next day, we rushed Hiro to the AMC where reconstructive surgery was successfully performed! 

  • Brownnie's Story

    My beautiful Brownnie was diagnosed with Cancer to her leg about two years ago. She went through radiation treatment and battled infections from time to time. However, her strength and will to continue living was so extraordinary, that she kept fighting until the last minute. 

  • Our Christmas Miracle

    Our beloved bunny Chesney is currently undergoing treatment at the AMC for an intestinal blockage. Dr. Frohlich and Dr. Quesenberry decided to extend his treatment for an additional 24 hours, and we received the Christmas miracle we have been hoping for. Chesney will be home for the holidays! 

  • In loving memory of Doris

    In loving memory of my cat Doris - 10/2/1995 -11/22/2011. You're always in my heart.

  • Thank you, Dr. Moore

    Dr. Moore has taken care of our rabbit for many years. He has gone above and beyond what a doctor would do.

  • Anaid the Quaker Parrot

    After a very brief illness our beloved Quaker Parrot (Anaid) of 12 years passed away, suddenly, yesterday (10/17/12). Our sincere Thanks and Appreciation to the Staff of AMC for their services.

  • Thank you, AMC!

    Dear AMC, We just left the ER with our cat, Chatel, in a kitty coffin, and I did not remember to thank your staff, esp. our Vet, properly. I don't even recall our doctor's name, but it is important to me that she is properly commended for being so lovely, thoughtful, and caring through a sad event.

  • Zarina's Story

    In loving memory of Zarina who passed away on August 18, 2011. Thanks for all those 16 years of happiness and joy. 

  • Update on Nico

    This is a follow up to Nico's story posted here in 2010. After 17 years of providing unconditional love and companionship, Nico passed away on July 9, 2012.

  • Tabitha the Tabby

    Tabitha has been a part of my life for over 15 years... A wonderful tabby cat, with the beautiful markings and attitude.... reminding my dogs that she was here first and if she wished to be with me then they had to wait their turn.

  • A Wonderful Westie Named Christie

    I want to send a big thank you to Dr. Betsy Bond for giving us 14 1/2 years with our wonderful Westie named Christie.