Alex Bianco, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)
Alex Bianco


Office Phone
Office Address

225 VetMedCtr
1365 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States


Residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine, Purdue University

DVM, University of Minnesota

MS, Purdue University

BS, Cornell University

Licensures and Certifications

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

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I am a native of Minneapolis and graduate of the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine. After completing a 1 year rotating equine internship at Kansas State University, I completed a 3 year residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at Purdue University. Following my residency, I remained at Purdue for an additional year working as an equine ambulatory veterinarian. I was fortunate enough to return to the University of Minnesota as clinical faculty in 2016. 

Awards & recognition

  • Phi Zeta, National Veterinary Honor Society, Purdue University (2014)
  • ACVIM Certificate of Clinical Excellence, University of Minnesota (2011)
  • Friends of the CVM scholarship, University of Minnesota (2011)

Research summary/interests

My interest in research is targeted towards projects that have clinical application in large animal veterinary medicine. Specifically, I am interested in pain management, pharmacokinetics, and critical care medicine.

Selected publications

Peer reviewed

  • Bianco AW, Moore GE, Taylor SD. Neonatal Encephalopathy in Calves Presented to a University Hospital. J Vet Intern Med. 2017 Nov;31(6):1892-1899
  • Bianco AW, Moore GE, Cooper BC, Taylor SD. Effects of ketorolac tromethamine and flunixin meglumine administration on eicosanoid inhibition and safety in healthy horses. J Vet Pharmacol Ther 2017 Jun 10. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Bianco AW, Constable PC, Cooper BC, Taylor SD. Pharmacokinetics of ketorolac tromethamine in horses after intravenous, intramuscular and oral single dose administration. J Vet Pharmacol Ther 2016; 39(2):167-175.
  • Bertin FR, Bertin FR, Taylor SD, Bianco AW, Sojka-Kritchevsky JE. The Effect of Fasting Duration on Baseline Blood Glucose Concentration, Blood Insulin Concentration, Glucose/Insulin Ratio, Oral Sugar Test, and Insulin Response Test Results in Horses. J Vet Intern Med 2016; 30(5): 1726-1731
  • Ohmes CM, Davis EG, Beard LA, Vander Werf K, Bianco AW, Giger U. Transient Fanconi Syndrome in Quarter Horses. Can Vet J 2014; 55(2): 147-151.

Non-peer reviewed

  • Bianco AW. “Geriatric Horse Care: Pars Pituitary Intermedia Dysfunction.” University of Minnesota Equine Extension Newsletter. Vol. 13(10); October 2017
  • Bianco AW. “Geriatric Horse Care: Osteoarthritis.” University of Minnesota Equine Extension Newsletter. Vol. 13(9); September 2017
  • Bianco AW. “Geriatric Horse Care: Dental Care.” University of Minnesota Equine Extension Newsletter. Vol. 13(8); August 2017

Selected presentations

  • Caring for the Elderly Horse: How to Keep your Golden Oldie Strong for Years to Come. University of Minnesota Leatherdale Equine Center 10th Anniversary Adult Horse Owner Education Day. October 21, 2017.
  • Pharmacokinetics of ketorolac tromethamine, a potent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, in healthy adult horses. American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, Nashville, TN, June 2014
  • Pharmacokinetics of ketorolac tromethamine, a potent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, in healthy adult horses. Phi Zeta Day, West Lafayette, IN, April 2014 (poster)
  • Epidemiology of Shivers: Creating a Foundation for Further Research. Research Days, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, March 2009 (poster)
  • Epidemiology of Shivers: Creating a Foundation for Further Research. Merck-Merial NIH Veterinary Scholars Symposium, East Lansing, MI, July/August 2008 (poster)


Academic interests and focus

My primary teaching goal is to help facilitate the transition from the classroom to veterinary practice. I have been impressed with the advances made in the DVM curriculum since I was a veterinary student; I am excited to be a part of this revitalization of the curriculum. I encourage independence, problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking through case-based learning. I believe that practicing these skills early in the curriculum is integral to helping students become successful veterinarians.

Teaching areas

Most of my teaching occurs in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital on the Large Animal Internal Medicine clinical rotation during the 4th year. I have other involvement in teaching in 1st-3rd years in areas of Large Animal Internal Medicine and fluid therapy. I also work extensively with our large animal house officers to assist in their advanced training programs.


  • Course Coordinator – CVM 6905: Professional Development I
  • Instructor – CVM 6921: Fluid Therapy
  • Instructor – CVM 6928: Large Animal Medicine I
  • Instructor – CVM 6961: Equine Selective II
  • Instructor – CVM 6969: Large Animal Medicine III
  • Instructor – CVM 6981, 6982: Clinical Correlations
  • Instructor – CVM 6711: Large Animal Medicine Rotation 



Veterinary Medical Center

Clinical interests

  • Emergency and critical care
  • Pain management
  • Neonatology
  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical pathology