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College of Veterinary Medicine

Jessica Meekins


Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology

Phone: 785-532-5690
E-mail: jslack@vet.k-state.edu

Education and Professional Training

  • Residency: Purdue University
  • MS: Purdue University
  • Internship: VCA Veterinary Care Referral Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • DVM: The Ohio State University
  • BS: Spalding University


  • Medicine I (3rd year)
  • Ophthalmology (4th year)


  • Novel therapeutic approaches for the management of feline viral ocular diseases.


Dr. Meekins’ clinical interests include management of viral surface ocular diseases in cats and investigating comparative ophthalmology in exotic/non-domestic species.  She is interested in aspects of medical and surgical treatment of ophthalmic conditions in a variety of species.

Selected Publications

Meekins JM, Apley MD, Lubbers B, Peddireddi L, Rankin AJ. Evaluation of conjunctival bacterial flora in a herd of goats in the Midwestern United States. Vet Ophthalmol 2016 DOI:10.1111/vop.12348 [Epub ahead of print].

Meekins JM, Overton TL, Rankin AJ, Roush JK. Effect of oral administration of carprofen on intraocular pressure in normal dogs. J Vet Pharmacol Ther 2016 DOI:10.1111/jvp.12294 [Epub ahead of print].

Meekins JM. Acute blindness. Top Companion Anim M 2015 Sept;30(3):118-125.

Lanuza R, Rankin AJ, KuKanich B, Meekins JM. Evaluation of systemic absorption and renal effects of topical ophthalmic flurbiprofen and diclofenac in healthy cats.  Vet Ophthalmol 2015 Jun 29. DOI: 10.1111/vop.12258 [Epub ahead of print].

Meekins JM, Henningson JN, Eshar D, Rankin AJ .  Clinical and histologic description of ocular anatomy in captive black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus). Vet Ophthalmol 2015 Mar 19. DOI: 10.1111/vop.12266 [Epub ahead of print].

Rankin AJ, Lanuza R, KuKanich B, Crumley WC, Pucket JD, Allbaugh RA, Meekins JM. Measurement of plasma gentamicin concentrations post chemical ciliary body abilation in dogs with chronic glaucoma. Vet Ophthalmol 2015 Feb 17. DOI: 10.1111/vop.12258 [Epub ahead of print].

Meekins JM, Guess SC, Rankin AJ. Retinopathy associated with ivermectin toxicity in five cats. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2015 June 1;246(11):1238-1241.

Meekins JM, Eshar D, Rankin AJ. Tear production, intraocular pressure and conjunctival bacterial flora in a group of captive black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus).  Vet Ophthalmol 2015 Jan;18(Suppl 1):132-6.

(Slack) Meekins JM, Stuckey JA, Carpenter JW, Rankin AJ, Armbrust L, Higbie C.  Ocular findings in a flock of captive American flamingos (Pheonicopterus ruber ruber).  J Av Med Surg 2015;29(2):95-105

Stuckey JA, Rankin AJ, Romkes G, Slack JM, Dubielzig RR.  Subconjunctival hibernoma in a dog.  Vet Ophthalmol 2013 Jan;18(1):78-82.

Slack JM, Stiles J, Leutenegger CM, Moore GE, Pogranichniy RM.  Effects of topical ocular administration of high doses of human recombinant interferon alpha 2b and feline recombinant interferon omega on naturally occurring viral keratoconjunctivitis in cats.  Am J Vet Res 2013 Feb;74(2):281-9.

Slack JM, Stiles J, Moore GE.  Comparison of a rebound tonometer with an applanation tonometer in dogs with glaucoma.  Vet Rec 2012;171(15):373.

Couto CG, Lorentzen L, Beall MJ, Shields J, Bertolone N, Couto JI, Couto KM, Nash S, Slack J, Kvitko H, Westendorf N, Marin L, Iazbik MC, Vicario FC, Sanz P, Ruano R. Serological study of selected vector-borne diseases in shelter dogs in central Spain using point-of-care assays. Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 2010 Nov;10(9):885-8.