June 14, 2021 8:26 AM

Beginning Monday, June 14, 2021, the MSU Veterinary Medical Center will allow clients into the building with patients. Find details here.

Any patient presented to the MSU Small Animal Emergency Service will undergo an initial medical evaluation to determine if urgent care is needed, and whether hospitalization is warranted. The MSU Small Animal Emergency Service will only hospitalize patients that our clinicians consider to be unstable or to have life-threatening conditions.

Contact Information

Email: kiupel@dcpah.msu.edu

Phone: 517-432-2670

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
4125 Beaumont RD BLDG 0215, Room 152A
Lansing, MI 48910


  • BS, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany,, 1993
  • DVM, Humbolt/Freie University, 1996
  • Dr. vet. med., Freie University, Berlin, Germany, University of Cambridge, UK, and University of Utrecht, NL, 1996
  • Dr. habil, Veterinary Pathology, Ludwig-Maximillian-University, Munich, Germany, 2010
  • MVSc, Veterinary Pathology, Purdue University, 1999
  • PhD, Veterinary Pathology, Purdue University, 2001
  • Fachtierarzt für Veterinär Pathologie

Honors and Awards

  • Merit scholarship to study veterinary , Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, 1992-1996
  • Merit award, British Chamber of Commerce in Germany, 1993-1994
  • Don Kahn Award in Virology, CRWAD. Chicago, IL, 1999
  • Heinrich Luessen Award, Freie University, Berlin, Germany, 2000
  • Ernst-Reuter Award, Freie University Berlin, Germany, 2000
  • Samuel W. Thompson Distinguished Lecturer Award, CL Davis Foundation, Salt Lake City, UT, 2001
  • Samuel W. Thompson Distinguished Lecturer Award, CL Davis Foundation, Banff, Canada, 2003
  • Barbara Jean Thompson Service Award, CL Davis Foundation, Boston, MA, 2005
  • Honorary member , US Army Veterinary Corps, Fort Sam Houston, TX, , 2008
  • Research Achievement Award, American Ferret Association, Phoenix, AZ, 2011
  • Samuel W. Thompson Distinguished Lecturer Award, CL Davis Foundation, Nashville, TN, 2011
  • FDA Honor Award, Silver Spring, MD, 2015
  • Robert L. Farrell Award for Lectureship Excellence, Davis-Thompson Foundation, Minneapolis, MN, 2015
  • Special Recognition Award for Promoting International Understanding, Michigan State University, 2017
  • AAVLD Distinguished Service Award, AAVLD, San Diego, CA, 2017

Research Program

  • Advance our diagnostic and prognostic capabilities of neoplastic diseases of domestic small animals with special emphasis on canine cutaneous mast cell tumors, canine melanomas, canine histiocytic sarcomas and canine and feline lymphomas
  • Using animal models of human cancer to study tumorigenesis and to identify therapeutic targets, translating our research findings from animal models to the clinic setting.
  • Development of molecular diagnostic techniques
  • Study the pathogenesis of viral diseases to better understand cellular and molecular mechanisms of various viral diseases with the ultimate goal of prevention and/or intervention. Our current focus has been on canine circovirus, canine papillomaviruses, equine and feline herpesviruses and ferret coronaviruses.
  • Investigating coral diseases using an integrative approach of field observations, pathology and molecular analysis

Current Investigation

  • Elucidating the molecular profiles of chemotherapy resistant versus chemotherapy sensitive canine diffuse large B-cell lymphomas
  • Role of tyrosine kinase receptors in canine melanomas
  • Development of molecular profiles to predict targeted therapy for individual neoplastic diseases
  • Establishing the pathogenesis of canine circovirus in a co-infection model with canine parvovirus
  • Comparison of infectivity and immunity of wild type feline and equine herpesviruses compared to mutant viruses
  • Characterization of Dark Spot Disease in Madracis corals

Funding Sources

  • National Institutes of Health
  • USDA
  • Morris Animal Foundation
  • Berner Garde
  • Khalid Bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation
  • CVM Endowment

Teaching Interests

  • General pathology, especially carcinogenesis
  • Comparative and molecular pathology
  • Pathology of neoplastic diseases


  • Providing routine necropsy and biopsy services in the VDL
  • Training residents in anatomic pathology
  • Head of the histology and immunohistochemistry laboratory of the VDL
  • Associate editor for oncology, Veterinary Pathology
  • Davis Thompson Foundation, Board of directors and symposium director AAVLD
  • ACVP/AAVLD liason
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