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: watsonvi@msu.edu

Phone: 517-884-4519

Veterinary Medical Center - South Building (Wings F - G)
784 Wilson RD, Room G334
East Lansing, MI 48824


  • BS, University of South Carolina, 2003
  • DVM, University of Georgia, 2009
  • Small animal rotating internship, Hickory Veterinary Hospital, Plymouth Meeting, PA, 2009-2010
  • Residency in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology, University of Georgia, 2010-2013
  • PhD, North Carolina State University, 2017
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Research Program

  • To understand the interactive roles of pathogenic organisms, members of the gut microbiome, and barrier function of the intestinal tract in health and disease
  • Development of large animal models of infectious pediatric gastrointestinal diseases

Current Investigation

  • Role of the intestinal microbiome in health and disease in shelter kittens
  • Elucidating the interaction between members of the gut microbiome and protective mucus layer of the intestine

Teaching Interests

  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Liver pathology
  • Exotic/Zoo animal pathology
  • Comparative pathology
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