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Veterinary college hires Dr. Theresa Pancotto as clinical assistant professor of neurology


Dr. Theresa Pancotto Dr. Theresa Pancotto

BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 7, 2011 – Dr. Theresa Pancotto of Christiansburg, Va., has joined the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech as a clinical assistant professor of neurology in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences.

Pancotto previously worked as a neurology and neurosurgery resident for the veterinary college. Prior to that, she held a rotating small animal internship at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Maitland, Fla. She began her new position with the veterinary college on July 16.

“Dr. Pancotto brings her skills and experience to the neurology section at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine,” said Dr. Greg Daniel, head of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. "Her experience with our ongoing research programs will be a major asset to our program. In addition, Dr. Pancotto has very good skills as a neurologist and surgeon. We anticipate her playing a major role in the department as we expand our services and programs.”

In her new role, Pancotto will continue her clinical research in epilepsy, intervertebral disc disease, vascular accidents, and inflammatory brain disease and offer instructional and outreach programs related to neurology and neurosurgery.

After completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Duke University, Pancotto earned both a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a master’s degree in laboratory animal medicine from Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. This spring, she also finished a master’s degree in biomedical and veterinary sciences at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Pancotto has a board certification in neurology from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine is a leading biomedical teaching and research center, enrolling more than 700 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, master of public health, and biomedical and veterinary sciences graduate students. The college is a partnership between the land-grant universities of Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland. Its main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, features the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and large animal field services which together treat more than 79,000 animals annually. Other locations include the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Virginia, and the Gudelsky Veterinary Center in College Park, Maryland.