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Jacqueline Christine Whittemore DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Internal Medicine)
Associate Professor
Small Animal Internal Medicine
Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Teaching Interests

  • Employing problem-based learning techniques to stimulate individual case ownership, development of critical thinking skills, and implementation of evidence-based medicine practices for optimal training of veterinary students, graduate students, interns, and residents.
  • Development and use of alternative models to minimize live animal use for teaching hands-on procedures, including but not limited to computer modeling, illustration and hands-on models.

Clinical Interests

  • Canine and feline hepatic disease
  • Canine and feline exocrine pancreatic disease
  • Diagnostic and interventional endoscopy and laparoscopy

Research Interests

  • Canine and feline pancreatic and liver disorders
  • Development of non-invasive interventional techniques (e.g., laparoscopy-assisted) to decrease patient morbidity and improve patient outcome
  • Development of techniques to maximize the diagnostic and therapeutic yields of minimally-invasive interventional techniques

Faculty Profile


  • Purdue University - B. S., Biology
  • University of California, Davis - D.V.M.
  • Colorado State University - Ph. D., Clinical Sciences


  • Residency in small animal internal medicine, Colorado State University

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Professional Societies and Services

  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Comparative Gastroenterology Society
  • Veterinary Endoscopy Society
  • Master Teacher Program, University of Tennessee, Core Member


Dr. Whittemore graduated from the University of California, Davis College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. After two years in small animal general practice, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine and a PhD in Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University. Dr. Whittemore’s dissertation focused on evaluation of laboratory markers of systemic disease in dogs and cats. She joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee in 2007 and enjoys balancing the demands of individual case management, teaching, and clinical research.She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, where she also serves as the Minimally-Invasive Procedures service chief and the Acree Research Chair of Medicine. Her major research focus is on identification and amelioration of adverse effects of exogenous therapies on the gastrointestinal tract. Current work in this area is focused on adverse effects of antiplatelet, immunosuppressive and antibiotic therapies on the gastrointestinal tract and pancreas of dogs and cats. Secondary active areas of research include development and validation of veterinary simulators to minimize live animal use for veterinary training, for which she holds a patent, and development and validation of minimally-invasive interventional techniques to decrease patient morbidity and improve patient outcome.

Dr. Whittemore spends her free time building houses as a team leader for Habitat for Humanity, backpacking in the Smokies, and swing dancing.