Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery
Temporary Faculty

Research Interests

  • Small animal endocrinology
  • Feline hyperthyroidism
  • Feline and canine diabetes mellitus

Educational Background

​Dr. Cynthia Ward received her VMD and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.  She completed residency training at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania in small animal internal medicine, and a reproductive endocrinology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  She was on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania until 2005, when she moved to the University of Georgia where she is currently a professor of small animal internal medicine. She has been Chief of the Small Animal In-patient Medicine section since 2007.

Dr. Ward has been honored by numerous teaching awards including: the Alumni Teaching Award in 2003, the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000 and 2009, and the National SCAVMA Teaching Award in 2009.  She has an active research program in clinical and basic endocrinology.  She has authored or co-authored 39 research abstracts, 43 journal articles, and 11 book chapters.  Dr. Ward is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine).

Selected Publications

  • ​Ward, CR, Windham, WR, Dise, D.  Proteins show Normal Activation in Response to Thyroid Stimulation Hormone in Feline Hyperthyroid Cells.  Am. J. Vet. Res in press
  • Cistola AM, Ward CR.  2009.  Use of continuous glucose monitoring devices in veterinary medicine.  Comp. Cont. Ed., in press
  • Ward CR, Achenbach SE, Holt D.  2005.  Gi2 expression is decreased in thyroid adenomas from hyperthyroid cats.  Am J Vet Res 66: 1478-1482.
  • Ward CR.  2007.  Thyroid Storm.  Vet Clin North Am Sm Anim Pract  37:  745-754.
  • Berent A, Drobatz KJ, Ward CR.  2008.  Liver function in cats with hyperthyroidism before and after 131I therapy.  J. Vet Int Med, 21:1217-1223.

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