Karen Cornell


Karen Cornell DVM, PhD, DACVS

Dr. Cornell is a professor and the Associate Dean for Professional Programs at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Cornell graduated from Purdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine and after two years in private practice returned to Purdue where she completed an internship, small animal surgery residency and Ph.D. She joined the faculty at Texas A&M in 2016.

Karen is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and currently a member of the Board of Regents for the same organization. She is a soft tissue surgeon with a primary interest in communication skills training for veterinary professionals, teaching methodologies and reconstructive surgery.

She is a two-time recipient of the Carl Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2011 she was named a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, the highest award for teaching at UGA. Karen became involved with communication training in 2003 when she was a participant in the first Bayer Communication Project train-the-trainer program for veterinary faculty.

She has served as a trainer for each of the subsequent annual veterinary faculty courses offered by the Institute for Healthcare Communication.  Karen’s previous private practice career and current engagement teaching veterinary students, afford her a unique appreciation for the importance of communication and leadership in veterinary practice, and for the necessity of providing practical training in both areas to all members of the veterinary healthcare team.