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Jody Gookin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

FluoroScience Distinguished Professor in Veterinary Scholars Research Education
Professor, Internal Medicine

Office: 919.513.6295
Lab: Intestinal Pathogens Research
Lab Phone: 919.513.6295
Lab Fax: 919.513.6415
Lab: T. foetus Diagnostics
Lab Phone: 919.513.6365

Dr. Gookin is nationally recognized for her expertise in gastroenterology with a special emphasis on infectious causes of feline diarrheal disease. Dr. Gookin and her colleagues are credited with identification of Tritrichomonas foetus as a previously unrecognized cause of diarrhea in domestic cats and have dedicated over 15 years of research effort into establishing the pathogenicity, means for diagnosis, worldwide significance, and an effective treatment for this infection.

Dr. Gookin received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California at Davis and a PhD in Gastrointestinal Physiology at North Carolina State University. She completed the Small Animal Internal Medicine Clinician Scientist training program at North Carolina State University where she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Gookin is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at North Carolina State University where her efforts are devoted to research, clinical service and teaching.

Dr. Gookin’s clinical interests include small animal gastroenterology with a special emphasis on feline gastroenterology and intestinal epithelial-pathogen interactions. In addition to her extramurally funded research efforts in both clinical and basic gastroenterology, Dr. Gookin is a passionate advocate for mentorship of the next generation of veterinarian clinician-scientists and serves as Co-director of the NCSU Veterinary Scholars Program, on the Executive Committee of the NIH/NCSU T35 Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Training Program, and as training faculty for the NIH/NCSU T32 Comparative Medicine and Translational Research Training Program.
Comparative Medicine Institute
North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute
NIH UNC/NCSU Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease
American Gastroenterological Association
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Comparative Gastroenterology Society
American Physiological Society
American Society for Microbiology
North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association
Phi Zeta Veterinary Professional Honor Society
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Biological Barriers, Gastroenterology, Global Health, Infectious Diseases, Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
Dr. Gookin’s laboratory is interested in finding novel approaches to the treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract that are of comparable importance to human and veterinary medicine. Our research is centered on understanding the host strategy in defense against diarrheal pathogens that infect intestinal epithelia including the protozoal pathogen Cryptosporidium and bacterial pathogen Enteropathogenic E. coli. Our approaches range from cell culture based to ex vivo to experimentally and naturally-occurring models of enteric infection.

  • (2015) Identification of Parabodo caudatus (order Kinetoplastida) in urine voided from a dog with hematuria.Vandersea MW, Birkenheuer AJ, R. Litaker W, Vaden SL, Renschler J, Gookin JL. | Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. 2015, 27:117-20.
  • (2010) Outcome assessment of a computer animated model for learning about regulation of glomerular filtration rateJ Gookin, D McWhorter, S Vaden, LP Posner | Adv Physiol Educ 34: 97–105, 2010.
  • (2008) Oral delivery of L-arginine stimulates prostaglandin-dependent secretory diarrhea in C. parvum infected neonatal piglets.Gookin JL, Foster DM, Coccaro MR, Stauffer SH | J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2008; 46:139-146
  • (2006) Neutrophils do not mediate the pathophysiological sequelae of C. parvum infection in neonatal piglets.Zadrozny LM, Stauffer SH, Armstrong MU, Jones SL, Gookin JL. | Infect Immun 74:5497-5505.
  • (2005) Urinary tract manifestations of protothecosis in dogs.Pressler BM, Gookin JL, Sykes JE, Wolf AM, Vaden SL. | J Vet Int Med 2005; 19:115-119.
  • (2004) Outcome of cats with diarrhea and Tritrichomonas foetus infection.Foster DM, Gookin JL, Poore MF, Stebbins ME, Levy MG | J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2004; 225:888-892
  • (2003) Use of a commercially available culture system for diagnosis of Tritrichomonas foetus infection in cats.Gookin JL, Foster DM, Poore MF, Stebbins ME, Levy MG | J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2003; 222:1376-79
  • (1997) Use of carbamylated hemoglobin concentration to differentiate acute from chronic renal failure in dogs.Vaden SL, Gookin J, Trogdon M, Langston CE, Levine J, Cowgill LD. | Amer J Vet Res. 1997; 58:1193-1196.