Robert J. Kemppainen, DVM, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Robert J. Kemppainen Photo


Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology

Auburn University
College of Veterinary Medicine
1130 Wire Road
Auburn, AL 36849



PhD, University of Georgia, Endocrine Physiology, 1982
DVM, Michigan State University



Dr. Robert Kemppainen, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, joined the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982. He received a DVM degree from Michigan State University and a PhD in endocrine physiology from the University of Georgia in 1982. Dr. Kemppainen is also the Director of the Endocrine Diagnostic Laboratory at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Daniels Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Knowledge in Small Animal Endocrinology, 1992, 1995, 1998.
Alumni Professor, Auburn University, 1992-1997
Ralston Purina Award for Small Animal Research, 1991
Beecham Award for Research Excellence, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, 1990

Research Interests


To understand the mechanism for glucocorticoid negative feedback regulation of ACTH secretion. We have identified a gene, Dexras1, that is rapidly up-regulated in pituitary in response to glucocorticoids and are trying to determine its role in mediating steroid feedback.

Clinical Interests:

Director of the Endocrine Diagnostic Service, located in the Department. Provides hormone testing for veterinarians in practice. Research in this area includes development of improved methods to diagnose endocrine disease in dogs and cats.

Endocrine Diagnostic Services

Academic Areas


Dr. Kemppainen assists in teaching Veterinary Physiology II to first year veterinary students and graduate students. He also teaches in the Endocrine System course in the third year.

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