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Jo Ann Morrison

Jo Ann Morrison
Jo Ann Morrison


Senior Clinician, Service Leader Small Animal Internal Medicine
Veterinary Clinical Sciences
(515) 294-4900
2571 LVMC
Expertise / Research Area

Area of Expertise:

Small animal internal medicine with particular emphasis in endocrinology, hepatobiliary disorders, nutrition, hematology


Research Interests:

Feline congenital hypothyroidism and naturally occurring canine hypothyroidism, feline hyperthyroidism, Doberman chronic active hepatitis, and clinically based investigations.



2001:   Small Animal Grant Competition, Iowa State University.  Lauer S, Morrison JA, Baldwin C, Andreasen C, Kinyon J.  Subcutaneous Totally Implantable Vascular Access Systems for Feline Blood Donor Populations.  $6,000. 

2004:   Winn Feline Foundation.  Jergens AE, Crandell J, Morrison JADevelopment of a Feline Inflammatory Bowel Disease Activity Index.  $13,500. 

2005:  Miller Faculty Fellowships Grant, Iowa State University.  Jergens AE, Morrison JA, Miles KG, Flaming K, Twetten J.  Small Animal Diagnostic Procedures: A Computer-Aided Instructional Program. $25,000. 

2009:   CIAG Infrastructure Grant, Iowa State University. Ellinwood M, Fales-Williams A, Sakaguchi D, Morrison J, Whitley D. Support for a Feline Model of Congenital Glaucoma. $8,000. 

2014:   VCS Seed Grant Competition, Iowa State University. Deitz K, Morrison J, Danielson J.  Multi-media capture of diagnostic procedures and its impact on student learning.  $2270


VCS 461, Advanced Small Animal Internal Medicine, Instructor of Record

VCS 444, Small Animal Internal Medicine

VCS 407, Feline Medicine

VCS 453, 453, 472, Clinical Assignment in Small Animal Medicine, Instructor of Record




2007.  Master of Science, Thesis Program.  The Cytologic Criteria of Mast Cell Tumors.  Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Iowa State University

2002.  Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)

1999-2002.  Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine, Iowa State University

1998-1999.  Internship, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Affiliated Veterinary Specialists, Maitland, FL

1993.  Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University

Selected Publications

Morrison JA. Erythremic Myelosis, Compendium for Continuing Education, Veterinary Learning
Systems, Volume 23(10), 2001: 880-886.

Morrison JA, Fales-Williams A. Hypernatremia associated with intracranial B cell lymphoma
in a cat
. Journal of Veterinary Clinical Pathology Volume 35(3), 2006:362-365.

Morrison JA, Lauer SK, Baldwin CJ, Evans RB, Andreasen CB, Kinyon JM, Swanson E. Evaluation
of the use of subcutaneous implantable vascular access ports in feline blood donors
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 230(6), 2007: 855-861.

Jergens AE, Morrison JA, Miles KG, and Silverman WB. Percutaneous Endoscopic
Gastrojejunostomy Tube Placement in Healthy Dogs and Cats
. Journal of Veterinary
Internal Medicine

Jergens AE, Pressel M, Crandell J, Morrison JA, Sorden SD, Haynes J, Baumgart M, Simpson
KW. Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization Confirms Eradication of Naturally-Acquired
Helicobacter Gastritis in the Dog and Cat
. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine,

Deitz K, Morrison JA, Kline K, Guo L, and Shelton G. Sarcoglycan Deficient Muscular Dystrophy
in a Boston Terrier
. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2008;22:476-480.

Jergens AE, Crandell J, Morrison JA, Deitz K, Pressel M, Ackermann M, Suchodolski JS,
Steiner JM, Evans R. Comparison of Oral Prednisone and Prednisone Combined with
Metronidazole for Therapy of Canine Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Randomized
Controlled Trial
. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2010 Mar-Apr;24(2):269-77.

Parker VJ, Morrison JA, Yaeger MJ. Olfactory Neuroblastoma in a Cat: Case Report and
Literature Review
. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 2010 Nov;12(11):867-71.

Slovak J, Wang C, Morrison J, Deitz K, LeVine D, Otoni C, King R, Olsen L, Hanson K, Lundberg A, Jergens A. Inter- and Intra-observer agreement in the duodenal endoscopic assessment of canine inflammatory bowel diseaseJournal of Veterinary  Internal Medicine (accepted for publication)


2005-2007 ACVIM General Exam Committee, member
2010-2013 Credentials Committee, member, associate chair (2011), chair (2012)
2012-present ACVIM SAIM Rating Committee, member

2014-present ACVIM SAIM Specialty Examination Committee, member

Research Abstract Review:
2009 ACVIM National Forum
2009-2011 Society for Comparative Endocrinology
2010-present – Small Animal Medicine Service Chief and Residency Program Director

Honors & Awards

2011 Seim Faculty Development Award
2012 Veterinary Graduation Marshall
2012 Pfizer Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award
2012 HyVee Triathlon Team Relay and IMT Des Moines marathon, finisher 




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