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Kristen Messenger

Assoc Professor

NCSU Comparative Medicine Institute

American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics

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Dr. Messenger obtained her BS in Animal Science from NCSU in 2002, and Ph.D. in
Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacology focus, in 2016 under the mentorship
of Dr. Mark Papich.

Dr. Messenger joined MBS in 2015 as a veterinary anesthesiologist, and then as a an
assistant professor of clinical pharmacology in 2017. As an Associate Professor in the
Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Messenger’s lab focuses on the
pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of analgesic drugs, and utilizes unique,
minimally-invasive methods to optimize drug therapy in animals.


Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, 2011
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology, 2014
Post-graduate Certificate in Veterinary Education, Royal Veterinary College, 2019

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Area(s) of Expertise

Pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics; analgesic and anesthetic drugs.


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