Emily Barrell, DVM, MSc, DACVIM

Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)
Emily Barrell


Office Address

290 Vet Med Center
1365 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States


Residency, Large Animal Internal Medicine, Cornell University, 2015

Internship, Pioneer Equine Hospital, 2012

DVM, Colorado State University, 2011

MS, Colorado State University, 2006

BS, Colorado State University,2004

Licensures and Certifications

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2015
Certification, Veterinary Medical Acupuncture, 2016

Academic Interests

Large animal medicine
Small ruminant and camelid medicine
Companion/pet pig medicine
Gastrointestinal disease
Large animal oncology

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Dr. Barrell is a Colorado native who completed her undergraduate, graduate, and professional veterinary medicine degrees at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Following graduation, she pursued an equine internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital, a large referral practice, in Oakdale, California. She was accepted for a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at Cornell University in 2012 and completed the program by achieving diplomate status in 2015. She worked in the Livestock Medicine and Surgery service at Colorado State University from 2015-2017 and joined the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine faculty in January of 2018. She is one of two faculty members in charge of teaching the small ruminant veterinary material throughout the curriculum: from first year introductory lectures and labs to advanced rotations in the final year of the program. Additionally, she is part of the Large Animal Medicine service at the University, providing service to clients, caring for patients, and simultaneously teaching senior veterinary students during their rotations in the large animal hospital.

Awards & recognition

  • SDH Endowed Scholarship Fund, Colorado State University, 2008, 2009
  • Dr. Joseph J. Hird Memorial Scholarship, Colorado State University, 2010, 2011
  • Winner, 2010 AAEP Case Study Competition, 2010
  • Phi Zeta, National Veterinary Honor Society, Colorado State University, 2011
  • Livestock Medicine and Surgery Clinical Proficiency Award, Colorado State University, 2011

Research summary/interests

My research interests are varied and range from infectious disease to pain management. I have a strong preference for clinically-based research so that results can be immediately and directly applied to practice.


Selected refereed publications

Barrell, E.A., Hendrickson, D.A. "Tumors of the equine bladder: What makes treatment of these cases so difficult?" Equine Veterinary Education 21(5): 267-268, 2009.

Barrell, E.A., Hendrickson, D.A. "Rebreeding of the partially hysterectomized mare: uterine surface area as a factor of success." Equine Veterinary Education 21(4): 205-206, 2009.

Barrell, E.A., Pecoraro, H.L. Torres-Henderson, C., Morley, P.S., Lunn, K.F., Landolt, G.A. "Seroprevalence and risk factors for canine H3N8 influenza virus exposure in household dogs in Colorado." Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 24(6): 1524-1527, 2010.

Barrell, E.A., Hendrickson, D.A. "Resection of tumors of the small colon and rectum." Equine Veterinary Education 23(2): 62-63, 2011.

Barrell, E.A., Kamm, J.L., Hendrickson, D.A. "Recurrence of renosplenic entrapment following renosplenic space ablation in a seven-year-old stallion." Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 239(4): 504-507, 2011.

Barrell, E.A., Fiorenza, L.R., Perkins, G.A., Kraus, M.S. “ECG of the month: atrial tachycardia post electrical cardioversion for atrial fibrillation in a horse.” Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 247(7): 751-753, 2015.

Barrell, E.A., Asakawa, M., Felippe, J.M.B., Divers, T.J., Stokol, T. "Acute leukemia in the horse: A report of 6 cases (1990-2012)." Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. 29(4):529-535, 2017.

Selected non-refereed publications

  • Barrell, E.A. "Special considerations when working with rescue organizations." In Farm Animal Surgery, 2nd Edition. Edited by N.G. Ducharme and S.L. Fubini. St. Louis, Missouri, Elsevier, 2016.
  • Barrell, E.A. "Ancillary treatment of neoplasia in farm animals." In Farm Animal Surgery, 2nd Edition. Edited by N.G. Ducharme and S.L. Fubini. St. Louis, Missouri, Elsevier, 2016.
  • Barrell, E.A. "Ketosis in Cattle". American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Fact Sheet, 2016.

Selected scientific presentations

  • Barrell, E.A.*, Pecoraro, H.L., Bennett, S., Torres-Henderson, C., and Landolt, G.A. (August 2009) Seroprevalence of canine influenza virus in household dogs in Colorado. Merck-Merial NIH Veterinary Scholars Symposium. Poster presentation. Raleigh, NC.
  • Barrell, E.A.*, Ruby, R.E., Southard, T., Thompson, B., Nydam, D.V., Perkins, G.A. (June 2015) Fenbendazole toxicosis in calves: clinical cases and pilot study. American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum. Oral presentation. Indianapolis, IN.


Academic interests and focus

I have a specific interest in improving teaching methods for both students and house officers in a veterinary setting. The traditional model of standing in a classroom and lecturing is changing (for the better), and I am eager to be part of that change. From student-directed, case-based learning to early introductions to clinical reasoning, there are so many ways to help our students learn and I hope to explore other modalities and approaches to learning in a scientific way.

Teaching areas

Most of my didactic/classroom and laboratory teaching currently revolves around the small ruminant and camelid curriculum, and I teach in courses from 1st through 4th year.


  • Course Coordinator: CVM 6966 - Applied Small Ruminant and Camelid Practice
  • Course Coordinator: CVM 6789 - Fresh Doe/Kid Management Rotation
  • Co-Instructor: CVM 6909 - Clinical Skills II
  • Co-Instructor: CVM 6928 - Large Animal Medicine I
  • Co-Instructor: CVM 6945 - Large Animal Medicine II Co-Instructor: CVM 6963 - Food and Fiber I
  • Co-Instructor: CVM 6949 - Comparative Theriogenology
  • Co-Instructor: CVM 6792 - Small Ruminant Rotation
  • Co-Instructor: CVM 6711 - Large Animal Medicine Rotation



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