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M. Katherine Tolbert DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Assistant Professor
Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Research & Clinical Interests

  • Acid-related disorders
  • Cell based models of disease
  • Enteric infectious pathogens with an emphasis on feline Tritrichomonas foetus


  • B.S., Berry College, 2001
  • D.V.M., University of Georgia, 2006
  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2013


  • Small Animal Rotating Internship, University of Georgia, 2006-2007
  • Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency, North Carolina State University, 2007-2010


  • Feline Medicine


  • Dr. Katie Tolbert graduated from the University of Georgia in 2006 and stayed on to do a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship. She then completed a small animal internal medicine residency at North Carolina State University. Following her residency, she pursued a Ph.D. in Comparative Biomedical Sciences at North Carolina State University. The focus of her graduate work was in the development of an in vitro model of feline Tritrichomonas foetus infection using co-cultures of T. foetus isolates and intestinal epithelial cells. Currently, she is using this model to characterize the pathogenic mechanisms of T. foetus infection and to explore novel therapies to prevent and/or ameliorate T. foetus-induced colitis. Her other research interests include the study of anti-secretory drugs and their use in the treatment of acid related disorders in small animal patients.

Professional Societies

  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Comparative Gastroenterology Society