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Taryn Donovan,

Role: Staff Doctor; Head of Anatomic Pathology Department: Pathology
Dr. Taryn Donovan of the Animal Medical Center in New York City

Dr. Donovan is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists since 2006. She 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 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. She is a native of New York, and currently lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children and a multitude of pets.

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

Recent Publications:

Steinagel A, Quesenberry K, Donovan T. Vegetative Endocarditis due to Staphylococcus aureus in an Umbrella Cockatoo (Cacatua alba). J Avian Med Surg. 2019;33(4):419–426. doi:10.1647/2018-336

Miller AD, Koehler JW, Donovan TA, Stewart JE, Porter BF, Rissi DR, Priestnall SL, Schulman FY. Canine Ependymoma: Diagnostic Criteria and Common Pitfalls.Vet Pathol. 2019 Nov;56(6):860-867.

Enders AM, Donovan TA, van der Woerdt A. Pathology in Practice. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2018 Oct 15;253(8):991-994.

Donnelly KA, Le Roux A, Donovan TA, Grodio J, Quesenberry K. Acute Necrotizing Pancreatitis in a Yellow-naped Amazon Parrot ( Amazona auropalliata). J Avian Med Surg. 2018 Sep;32(3):232-239.

Donovan TA, Balakrishnan N, Carvalho Barbosa I, McCoy T, Breitschwerdt EB, Fox PR. Bartonella spp. as a Possible Cause or Cofactor of Feline Endomyocarditis-Left Ventricular Endocardial Fibrosis Complex. J Comp Pathol. 2018 Jul;162:29-42. Epub 2018 Jul 4.

Mcclaran JK, Pavia P, Fischetti AJ, Donovan TA. Laparoscopic Resection of a Pancreatic β Cell Tumor in a Dog. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2017 Nov/Dec;53(6):338-345.

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 dogs: 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. 2017 Jan;20(1):84-88.

Donovan TA, Fox PR, Balakrishnan N, Ericson M, Hooker V, Breitschwerdt EB. Pyogranulomatous Pancarditis with Intramyocardial Bartonella henselae San Antonio 2 (BhSA2) in a Dog. J Vet Intern Med. 2017 Jan;31(1):142-148.

Verrilli AM, Hohenhaus AE, Le Roux AB, Donovan TA. What Is Your Diagnosis?: Primary pulmonary neoplasia. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2016 Mar 1;248(5):493-6.

Biegen VR, McCue JP,Donovan TA, Shelton GD. Metabolic Encephalopathy and Lipid Storage Myopathy Associated with a Presumptive Mitochondrial Fatty Acid Oxidation Defect in a Dog. Front Vet Sci. 2015 Nov 26;2:64.

Frohlich JR, Donovan TA. Cervical chordoma in a domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo) with pulmonary metastasis. J Vet Diagn Invest. 2015 Sep;27(5):656-9.

Cook AB, Langston CE, Fischetti AJ, Donovan TA. IMAGING DIAGNOSIS–URINARY BLADDER DUPLICATION IN A CAT. Vet Radiol Ultrasound. 2015 Jul-Aug;56(4):E48-53.

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. 2014 Jul-Aug;50(4):e6-10.

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. 2014 Oct;16(10):832-9.