Tekla Lee-Fowler, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Associate Professor, Small Animal Internal Medicine

Tekla Lee-Fowler Photo


Department of Clinical Sciences

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



MS, University of Missouri
DVM, Mississippi State University, 2005



Dr. Tekla Lee-Fowler received her DVM from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. After graduation, Dr. Lee-Fowler completed a rotating small animal internship at Mississippi State University CVM.

In 2009, she completed a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri CVM and earned board certification in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM). During residency, Dr. Lee-Fowler earned her Master’s degree with research focusing on feline asthma. After residency, she served as a clinical instructor at the University of Missouri while completing a post-doctoral fellowship focusing on feline asthma and immunology.

Research Interests


Respiratory disease, immunology, & obesity

Publications and Links


Ray Dillon A, Tillson DM, Wooldridge A, Cattley R, Hathcock J, Brawner WR, Cole R, Welles B, Christopherson PW, Lee-Fowler T, Bordelon S, Barney S, Sermersheim M, Garbarino R, Wells SZ, Diffie EB, Schachner ER. Effect of pre-cardiac and adult stages of Dirofilaria immitis in pulmonary disease of cats: CBC, bronchial lavage cytology, serology, radiographs, CT images, bronchial reactivity, and histopathology.Vet Parasitol. 2014 Sep 17.

Lee-Fowler T. Feline respiratory disease: What is the role of Mycoplasma species? J Feline Med Surg. 2014 Jun 25;16(7):563-571.

Heller MC, Lee-Fowler TM, Liu H, Cohn LA, Reinero CR. Neonatal aerosol exposure to Bermuda grass allergen prevents subsequent induction of experimental allergic feline asthma: evidence for establishing early immunologic tolerance. Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2014 Jul 15; 160 (1-2):20-5.

Sharp C, Lee-Fowler TM, Reinero C. Endothelin-1 can serve as a diagnostic biomarker in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid in experimental feline asthma. J Vet Intern Med. 2013 Jul; 27(4): 982-4.

Dillon AR, Tillson DM, Hathcock J, Brawner B, Wooldridge A, Cattley R, Welles B, Barney S, Lee-Fowler T, Botzman L, Sermersheim M, Garbarino R. Lung histopathology, high-resolution CT, and bronchial-lavage cytology are altered by Toxocara cati infection in cats and is independent of development of adult intestinal parasites. Vet Parasitol. 2013 Apr 15; 193(4): 413-26.

Nafe LA, Guntur VP, Dodam JR, Lee-Fowler TM, Cohn LA, Reinero CR. Nebulized lidocaine blunts airway hyperresponsiveness in experimental feline asthma. J Feline Med Surg.2013 Aug; 15(8): 712-6.

Lee-Fowler T, Reinero C. Chapter 87: Bacterial Respiratory Infections. Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat. Greene CE, fourth edition. 2012. Elsevier Science, St. Louis, MO.

Lee-Fowler TM, Guntur V, Dodam J, Cohn LA, DeClue AE, Reinero CR. The tyrosine kinase inhibitor masitinib blunts airway inflammation and improves associated lung mechanics in a feline model of chronic allergic asthma. Int Arch Allergy Immunol. 2012; 158(4):369-74. Epub 2012 Apr 4.

Reinero CR, Lee-Fowler TM, Chang, CH, Cohn, LA, DeClue, AE. Beneficial cross-protection of allergen-specific immunotherapy on airway eosinophilia using unrelated or a partial repertoire of allergen(s) implicated in experimental feline asthma. Vet J. 2012 Jun; 192(3):412-6. Epub 2011 Sep 19.

Chang CH, Lee-Fowler TM, Declue AE, Cohn LA, Robinson KL, Reinero CR. The impact of oral versus inhaled glucocorticoids on allergen specific IgE testing in experimentally asthmatic cats. Vet Immunology Immunopath. 2011 Dec 15;144 (3-4):437-41.

Reinero CR, Lee-Fowler TM, Dodam JR, Cohn LA, DeClue AE, Guntur VP. Endotracheal nebulization of N-acetylcysteine increases airway resistance in cats with experimental asthma. J Feline Med Surg. 2011 Feb;13(2):69-73.

Delgado C, Lee-Fowler TM, DeClue AE, Reinero CR. Feline-specific serum total IgE quantitation in normal, asthmatic and parasitized cats.J Feline Med Surg.2010; 12(12):991-4.

Nafe LA, DeClue AE, Lee-Fowler TM, Eberhardt J, Reinero CR. Evaluation of biomarkers in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid for discrimination between asthma and chronic bronchitis in cats. Am J Vet Res. 2010; 71(5):583-91.

Lee-Fowler TM,Cohn LA, DeClue AE, Spinka CM, Ellebracht RD, Reinero CR. Comparison of intradermal skin testing (IDST) and serum allergen-specific IgE determination in an experimental model of feline asthma. Vet Immunology Immunopath. 2009;132(1):46-52.

Lee-Fowler TM, Cohn LA, DeClue AE, Spinka CM, Reinero CR. Evaluation of subcutaneous versus mucosal (intranasal) allergen-specific rush immunotherapy in experimental feline asthma. Vet Immunology Immunopath 2009;129(1-2):49-56.