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College of Veterinary Medicine

Steven L. Stockham

 Professor, Veterinary Clinical Pathology

BS (1970), Kansas State University
DVM (1972), Kansas State University
MS (1980), Michigan State University
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists (1980)
Honorary Member, European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (2004)
Clinical Pathology Hall of Fame, European Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (2013)

Phone: (785) 532-4453
Email: stockham@vet.k-state.edu


The major goals of DMP 775 (Clinical Pathology) are for the second-year students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to interpret laboratory data correctly and to use laboratory data to understand the pathogeneses of disorders of domestic mammals. Instructional strategies of case-based learning are used to provide relevance and motivation.

The clinical pathologists share responsibilities in the Clinical Pathology Residency Program. We provide guidance, mentoring, and instruction for the residents who are seeking certification as veterinary clinical pathologists.


The clinical pathologists, clinical pathology residents, medical technologists, and other personnel in the Clinical Pathology Laboratory provide clinical laboratory services for veterinarians within the College of Veterinary Medicine or for practicing veterinarians. The Clinical Pathology Laboratory also provides clinical laboratory assays to support clinical and experimental investigations.

For nondirected service, I participate in the academic and professional communities by serving on committees, task forces, and other groups. Since 2004, I’ve served as an invited reviewer of the certifying examination of the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology. I’ve also completed officer and committee duties in the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology and the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.


My research involves the identification and characterization of spontaneous diseases via clinical laboratory methods or the improvement of clinical laboratory methods.

Teaching Awards

  • Norden/Pfizer/Zoetis Distinguished Teaching Awards (1987, 1998, 2012, 2016)
  • Mizzou Alumni Fund Instructional Development Award (1989)
  • Gold Chalk Awards (1990, 1994, 1998)
  • SCAVMA Teaching Awards for Clinical Sciences (1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999)
  • Golden Aesculapius Teaching Awards (1992, 1994, 1997, 2000)
  • MSD AGVET Awards for Creativity in Teaching for the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri (1992, 1994)
  • William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching (1994)
  • Gamma Sigma Delta Award of Merit for Graduate Teaching (1996)
  • Dean’s Impact Award (1998)
  • University of Missouri-Columbia Faculty-Alumni Award (1998)
  • Bayer Animal Health Teaching Excellence Award (2005, 2009, 2013)
  • Educator Award of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (2015)

Awards for Extracurricular Learning Experiences

  • Missouri Students Association's Certificate of Appreciation (1991)
  • The Mystical Seven Society's Certificate of Appreciation (1991)
  • Black and Gold Chalk Award for outstanding student organization advisement to the Student Chapter of the A.V.M.A. (1996)
  • Excellence in Education Award (1997)
  • Honor Tap in The Rollins Society (2001)

Selected publications

Stockham SL, Scott MA: Fundamentals of Veterinary Clinical Pathology, 2nd edition; Blackwell Publishing, 610 pages, 2008.
Click here for access to the Fundamentals of Veterinary Clinical Pathology webpage

Di Terlizzi R, Gallagher PG, Mohandas N, Steiner LA, Dolce KS, Guo X, Wilkerson MJ, Stockham SL: Canine elliptocytosis due to a mutant beta-spectrin. Vet Clin Pathol 38: 52-58, 2009.

Ameri M, Wilkerson MJ, Stockham SL, Almes KM, Patton KM, Jackson T: Acute megakaryoblastic leukemia in a German Shepherd dog: Megakaryoblastic leukemia in a dog. Vet Clin Pathol 39: 39-45, 2010.

Gupta A, Stockham SL: Refractometric total protein concentrations in icteric serum from dogs. J Am Vet Med Assoc 244: 63-67, 2014.

Gupta A, Stockham SL: Negative interference of icteric serum on a bichromatic biuret total protein assay. Vet Clin Pathol 43(3): in press, 2014.