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Donovan, Taryn, DVM, DACVP

Staff Doctor; Head of Anatomic Pathology

Dr. Donovan graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001 and, the following year, completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center. After a year in general practice, she returned to Cornell for a residency in anatomic pathology. She obtained board certification with the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2006, and gained additional postgraduate experience through a fellowship at the Zoological Society of San Diego. Dr. Donovan oversees the necropsy service, directs interactive teaching and educational rounds at AMC, and participates in clinical research collaborations in her role as head of the Anatomic Pathology Service at the Animal Medical Center.

Board Certifications

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, 2006


  • BA - Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 1997
  • DVM - Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY, 2001

Clinical Interests

  • Neuropathology
  • Cardiopathology
  • Infectious Diseases

Recent Publications

  • Pera J, Palma D, Donovan TA. Eosinophilic esophagitis in a kitten. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2017 Jul/Aug;53(4):214-220.
  • Corbin EE, Cavanaugh RP, Schwartz P, Zawadzki KI, Donovan T. Splenomegaly in small-breed dog: 45 cases (2005-2011). J Am Vet Med Assoc 2017 May 15; 250(10):1148-1154.
  • Flesher K, Lam N, Donovan TA. Diagnosis and treatment of massive porcupine quill migration in a dog. Can Vet J. 2017 Mar; 58(3):280-284.
  • Enders A, van der Woerdt A, Donovan T. Endogenous mycotic endophthalmitis in a dog with candiduria and Evans syndrome. Vet Ophthalmol. 2016 Mar 3. doi: 10.1111/vop.12373. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Verilli AM, Hohenhaus AE, LeRoux AB, Donovan TA. What is your diagnosis? J Am Vet Med Assoc 248(5):493-496, 2016.
  • Biegen, VR, McCue JP, Donovan, TA, Shelton GD. 2015. Metabolic Encephalopathy and Lipid Storage Myopathy Associated with a Presumptive Mitochondrial Fatty Acid Oxidation Defect in a Dog. Front. Vet. Sci. 2:64. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2015.00064, 2015.
  • Nunley J, Sutton J, Culp W, Wilson D, Coleman K, Demianuik R, Schechter A, Moore G, Donovan T, Schwartz P. Primary pulmonary neoplasia in cats: Assessment of computed tomography findings and survival. J Sm Anim Prac 56:651-656, 2015.
  • Frohlich JR, Donovan TA. Cervical chordoma in a domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo) with pulmonary metastasis. J Vet Diagn Invest. Sep:27(5):656-9, 2015.
  • Cook AB, Langston CE, Fischetti AJ, Donovan TA. Imaging diagnosis – urinary bladder duplication in a cat. Vet Radiol Ultrasound. Jul-Aug:56(4):E48-53, 2015.
  • Steinhaus J, Berent A, Weisse C, Eatroff A, Donovan TA, Haddad J, Bagley, D.Incidence, clinical presentation and outcome of cats with circumcaval ureters associated with a ureteral obstruction: 2009-2014. J Vet Intern Med 2015 Jan;29(1):63-70, 2014.
  • Clendaniel DC, Sivacolundhu RK, Sorenmo KU, Donovan TA, Turner A, Arteaga T, Bergman PJ. Association between macroscopic appearance of liver lesions and liver histology in dogs with splenic hemangiosarcoma: 79 cases (2004-2009). J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. Jul-Aug:50(4):e6-10, 2014.
  • Assessment of the Efficacy and Potential Complications of Transjugular liver biopsy in canine cadavers. Levien AS, Weisse C, Donovan TA, Berent AC. J Vet Intern Med;28:338-345, 2014.
  • Rylander H, Eminaga S, Palus V, Steinberg H, Caine A, Summers BA, Gehrke J, West C, Fox PR, Donovan T, Cherubini GB. Feline ischemic myelopathy and encephalopathy secondary to hyaline arteriopathy in five cats. J Feline Med Surg. Oct;16(10):832-9, 2014.Ulnar Osteosarcoma in dogs: 30 cases (1992-2008). Sivacolundhu RK, Runge JJ, Donovan TA, Barber LG, Saba CF, Clifford CA, DeLorimier LP, Atwater SW, DiBernardi L, Freeman KP, Bergman PJ. J Am Vet Med Assoc Jul 1;243(1):96-101, 2013.
  • Pavia P, Havig M, Donovan TA, Craft D. Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor of the urinary bladder in a cat. J Small Anim Pract. Apr;53(4):245-8, 2012.
  • Donovan T, Schrenzel M, Tucker T, Pessier A, Bicknese B, Busch M, Wise A, Maes R, Kiupel M, McKnight C, Nordhausen R.Meningoencephalitis in a polar bear caused by equine herpesvirus-9 (EHV-9). Vet Pathol. 2009 Nov;46(6):1138-43.
  • Imai DM, Nadler SA, Brenner D, Donovan TA, Pessier AP. Rhabditid nematode-associated ophthalmitis and meningoencephalomyelitis in captive Asian horned frogs (Megophrys montana). J Vet Diagn Invest. 2009 Jul;21(4):568-73.
  • Schrenzel MD, Tucker TA, Donovan TA, Busch MD, Wise AG, Maes RK, Kiupel M. New hosts for equine herpesvirus 9. Emerg Infect Dis. 2008 Oct;14(10):1616-9.
  • Donovan TA, Schrenzel M, Tucker TA, Pessier AP, Stalis IH. Hepatic hemorrhage, hemocoelom, and sudden death due to Haemoproteus infection in passerine birds: eleven cases. J Vet Diagn Invest. 2008 May;20(3):304-13.