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Ellen N. Behrend, VMD, PhD, DACVIM

Internal Medicine

Joezy Griffin Professor

Dr. Ellen Behrend received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988, followed by a 1 year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Michigan State University and then 2 years in private practice. Dr. Behrend finished both a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine and a Master’s Degree at Colorado State University in 1994, and she completed a fellowship in Endocrinology in 1998 and a PhD in 2001 from Auburn University. Dr. Behrend has served as a consultant for the Auburn University Endocrine Diagnostic Service since 1994 and VIN since 1998. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Clinical Studies at Auburn University. Dr. Behrend has received the Daniels Award for Excellence in Small Animal Endocrinology in 1998, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003 and the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award in 2007. She has authored or co-authored 40 abstracts, 44 journal articles and 30 book chapters. Dr. Behrend is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine).

Research Interests

Canine and feline endocrinology, especially canine adrenal function and hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s disease).

Selected Publications

Martin LG, Groman RP, Fletcher DJ, Behrend EN, Evans MA, Moser VR, Hickey KC. Characterization of pituitary-adrenal function in canine acute critical illness.  J Am Vet Med Assoc 233:87-95, 2008.

Martin LG, Behrend EN, Mealey KL, Carpenter DM, Hickey KC.  Evaluation of the effect of low-doses of cosyntropin on cortisol concentrations in clinically normal dogs.  Am J Vet Res 68:555-560, 2007.

Behrend EN, Kemppainen RJ, Bruyette DS, Busch KA, Lee HP. Intramuscular administration of a low dose of ACTH for ACTH stimulation testing in dogs. J Am Vet Med Assoc 229:528-530, 2006.

Stroup ST, Behrend EN, Kemppainen RJ, Smith-Carr S. Assessment of suppression of the pituitary-adrenocortical axis and systemic effects in normal dogs treated with oral controlled-release budesonide. Am J Vet Res 67:1173-1178, 2006.

Boozer AL, Behrend EN, Kemppainen RJ, Whitley EM, Smith AN, Busch KA. Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis function in dogs with neoplasia. Vet Comp Oncol 3:194-202, 2005.

Behrend EN, Kemppainen RJ, Boozer AL, Whitley EM, Smith AN, Busch KA. Serum 17--hydroxyprogesterone and corticosterone concentrations in tumor-bearing dogs and dogs with suspected hyperadrenocorticism. J Am Vet Med Assoc 227:1762-1767, 2005.

Kemppainen RJ, Behrend EN, Busch KA. Use of compounded ACTH for adrenal function testing in dogs. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc 41:368-372, 2005.

Axlund TW, Behrend EN, Sorjonen DC, Simpson ST, Kemppainen RJ. Hypophysectomy in the dog using a ventral paramedian approach and an ultrasonic surgical aspirator: a preclinical study. Vet Surg 35:179-189, 2005.

Behrend EN, Weigand CM, Whitley EM, Refsal K, Young DW, Kemppainen RJ. Corticosterone- and aldosterone-secreting adrenocortical tumor in a dog. J Am Vet Med Assoc 226:1662-1666, 2005.

Lurye JC, Behrend EN, Kemppainen RJ. Evaluation of an in-house ELISA test for the quantitative measurement of total T4 in dogs and cats. J Am Vet Med Assoc 221:243-9, 2002.

Behrend EN, Kemppainen RJ, Clark TP, et al. Diagnostic approach to canine Cushing’s syndrome by veterinary specialists. J Am Vet Med Assoc 220:1643-1649, 2002.

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