Rachel Neto, DVM, MS, DACVP

Assistant Clinical Professor

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Department of Pathobiology

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



Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists (Anatomic Pathology), 2019
MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019
DVM, University of Brasilia (UnB) – Brazil, 2015



Dr. Neto received her DVM from the University of Brasilia (in Brazil) in 2015. She completed her residency training in Anatomic Pathology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2019. Dr. Neto has since then been serving as a clinical lecturer at Auburn University where she is involved in diagnostic services, pathology residents training, and veterinary student instruction.

She teaches musculoskeletal pathology and is the coordinator of the gross and histopathology laboratories in the veterinary curriculum. Dr. Neto has a special interest in ocular pathology and offers an entire Spring course on the subject dedicated to anatomic pathology and clinical ophthalmology residents.

One of her most exciting outreach and extramural activities is serving as Chair of the Virtual Seminar Committee for the Davis-Thompson Foundation. Her role is to help organize weekly virtual seminars on assorted Pathology subjects, with continuing education credits accessible to the Veterinary Pathology community worldwide.

During her residency combined with a non-thesis Masters, she was involved in a project with equine corneal banks, studying the effects of different preservation methods on equine corneoscleral discs and their implications on potential tissue donors for keratoplasties. Preliminary and final results of her project were shared in national meetings, such as the 2019 American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) meeting and the 2019 Society for Comparative Ocular Pathology (SCŌP) conference. In addition, Dr. Neto spent some quality time at the Comparative Ocular Pathology Laboratory of Wisconsin (COPLOW) before receiving her DVM degree, where her passion for ocular pathology originated. She became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2019. Since then, she has joined the Pathobiology department at Auburn University as a clinical lecturer, where she is actively involved in routine diagnostic services and teaching, including an Ocular Pathology course dedicated to anatomic pathology and ophthalmology residents. She is extremely enthusiastic about anything that involves the orbit and goes the extra mile to provide a high-quality report to our clinicians and guidance in ophthalmic management.

Histopathology Laboratory