Emily Coffey, DVM, DACVIM, PhD

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Veterinary Clinical Sciences


PhD, University of Minnesota

Internal Medicine Residency, University of Minnesota

Internship, Colorado State University

DVM, North Carolina State University


Post-Doctoral Immunogenetics Research Fellowship, University of Minnesota

Licensures and Certifications

Diplomante ACVIM, Small Animal Internal Medicine


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Dr. Emily Coffey is an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine. Her research focuses on understanding the role of the microbiome in health and disease. She has a particular interest in the microbiome of urine and the effects of host microbial communities and biological metabolites on urinary stone formation. She hopes to apply discoveries about the microbiome to improve healthcare for both humans and animals.

Awards and Recognition

2022 – 2023 Dr. Carl Osborne Fellowship

2019 – 2022 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, University of Minnesota, Institutional Research Training Grant (NIH T32) in Comparative Medicine & Pathology

2022 – Winner of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine 3 Minute Thesis Competition 

2018-2019 American College of Veterinary Medicine (ACVIM) Advanced Research Training Fellowship 

2018 – ISCAID-IDEXX Research Excellence Award

2018 – Resident Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching 


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Summary and Interests

  • Microbiome sciences
  • Urolithiasis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Fecal microbiota transplants
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Comparative and translational research

Funded Grants

June 2021 – November 2023, University of Minnesota Signature Program Grant: Comparative Medicine, Co-I, “The Role of the Microbiome and Metabolome in a Canine Model of Calcium Oxalate Urolithiasis”

August 2019 – October 2021, University of Minnesota CVM Resident and Graduate Student Research Grant, Co-I, “Characterization of the Urinary Microbiome in Dogs with Calcium Oxalate Urolithiasis”

July 2018 – 2020, The Gray Lady Foundation, Co-I, “Investigation of a Genetic Immunodeficiency in Miniature Schnauzers”

July 2016 – 2017, University of Minnesota CVM Small Companion Animal Grant, Resident/Co-I, “A Comparison of Immediate Versus Delayed Streak Plate Inoculation on Bacterial Culture and Sensitivity Results from Urine and the Lower Respiratory Tract Samples”


Coffey E, Gomez A, Ericsson A, Burton E, Granick J, Lulich J, Furrow E. The impact of urine collection method on the canine urinary microbiota: A cross-sectional study. Accepted for publication in BMC Microbiology, March 2023. 

Coffey E, Gomez A, Burton E, Granick J, Lulich J, Furrow E. Characterization of the urogenital microbiome in Miniature Schnauzers with and without calcium oxalate urolithiasis. J Vet Intern Med. 2022; 36(4): 1341-52.

Treeful A, Coffey E, Friedenberg S. A scoping review of autoantibodies as biomarkers for canine autoimmune disease. J Vet Intern Med. 2022; 36(2):363-378.

Merrill K, Coffey E, Furrow E, Masseau I, Rindt H, Reinero C. X-linked CD40 ligand deficiency in a 1-year-old male Shih Tzu with secondary Pneumocystis pneumonia. J Vet Intern Med. 2021; 35(1): 497-503.

Coffey E, Little K, Seelig DM, Rendahl AK, Granick JL. Comparison of immediate versus delayed streak plate inoculation on urine bacterial culture and susceptibility testing in dogs and cats. J Vet Intern Med. 2020; 34(2): 783-789. 

Moore AR, Medrano E, Coffey E, Powers B. Clinicopathological correlation and prevalence of increased copper in canine hepatic cytology. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2019; 55(1): 8-13.

Moore AR, Coffey E, Hamar D. Diagnostic accuracy of Wright-Giemsa and rhodanine stain protocols for detection and semi-quantitative grading of copper in canine liver aspirates. Vet Clin Pathol. 2016 Dec; 45(4): 689-697.

Moore AR, Coffey E, Leavell SE, Krafsur G, Duncan C, Dowers K, Santangelo KS. Canine bicavitary carcinomatosis with transient needle tract metastasis diagnosed by multiplex immunocytochemistry. Vet Clin Pathol. 2016 Sep; 45(3): 495-500. 

Coffey, E, Newman DR, Sannes PL. Expression of fibroblast growth factor in normal human lung and idiopathic fibrosis. J Histochem Cytochem. 2013; 61(9): 671-679.


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Clinical Interests

Infectious diseases, host-microbe interactions, inherited immunodeficiencies, urinary stone disease, urinary tract infections, fecal microbiota transplants, antimicrobial stewardship