College of Veterinary Medicine


Carmen Fuentealba, DVM, MSc, PhD, FAMEE

Dean & Professor


The College of Veterinary Medicine is being led by Carmen Fuentealba, DVM, MSc, PhD. Dr. Fuentealba is an award-winning educator with extensive administrative and research experience in accredited Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programs in the USA and Canada.  

She was founding faculty and Associate Dean for Clinical Programs at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences (Pomona, CA), founding faculty and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the University of Calgary, College of Veterinary Medicine (Alberta, Canada), and Senior Associate Dean for Program Accessment and Executive Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

She holds a DVM from the Universidad Austral de Chile (Valdivia, Chile), a MSc in Animal Pathology from Universidad de Chile (Santiago, Chile), a PhD in Veterinary Pathology from the University of Liverpool (UK), and is a Fellow of the Association of Medical Educators of Europe (AMEE).

Publications - (selected manuscripts)

Veterinary Pathology

  • Esparza Gonzales, B.P., Niño-Fong, R., Gibson, C. J., Fuentealba, I.C, Cherian M.G. Zinc supplementation reduces hepatic copper accumulation in LEC rats: A model of Wilson’s Disease. Biological Trace Element Research, 105:117-134. 2005.
  • Fuentealba C, Bera M, Jessen B, Sace F, Stevens GJ, Trajkoviv D, Yang AH, Evering W. Evaluation of the Effects of a VEGFR-2 Inhibitor compound on alanine aminotransferase gene expression and concentration in the rat liver. Comparative Hepatology, 10:8. 2011. 
  • Griener TP, Strecker JG, Humphries RM, George L. Mulvey GL, Fuentealba C, Robert E. W. Hancock REW, Armstrong GD. Lipopolysaccharide renders transgenic mice expressing human Serum Amyloid P component sensitive to Shiga toxin 2. PLoS One, 6(6.) e21457. 2011.
  • Benavente CE, Fuentealba IC. Actinobacillus suis and Actinobacillus equuli, emergent pathogens for the swine industry. Arch. Vet. Med, 44(2):99-107. 2012.
  • Liccioli S, Catalano S, Kutz SJ, Lejeune M, Verocai GG, Duignan PJ, Fuentealba IC, C, Ruckstuh, Massolo A. Sensitivity of double centrifugation sugar fecal flotation for detecting intestinal helminthes in coyotes (Canis latrans). J Wildlife Diseases, 48(3):717-723, 2012.
  • Liccioli C, Catalano S, Kutz SJ, Lejeune M, Verocai GG, Duignan PJ, Fuentealba C, Hart M, Ruckstuhl KE, Massolo A. Gastrointestinal parasites of coyotes (Canis latrans) in the metropolitan area of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Canadian. J. Zool, 90: 1023–1030. 2012.
  • Catalano S, Lejeune M, Liccioli S, Verocai G, Kutz S, Fuentealba C, Massolo A. Echinococcus multilocularis in coyotes (Canis Latrans) from metropolitan areas of Alberta, Canada: an emerging challenge? Emerging infectious diseases,18:1625-1628. 2012.
  • Verocai GG, Lejeune M, Beckmen KB, Kashivakura CK, Fuentealba C. Hober EP, Kutz SJ. Defining parasite biodiversity at high latitudes of North America: new host and geographic records for Onchocerca cervipedis Wehr & Dikmans, 1935 (Nematoda: Onchocercidae) in moose and caribou. Parasites and Vectors, 5:542. 2012.
  • Morosco DT, Illanes O, Fuentealba C. Renal Stephanuriasis: Gross and histopathological lesions in St Kitts swine. Austral J. Vet Sc, 49:53-57, 2017
  • Souvik Ghosh S., Soto E., Ilanes O., Navarro R., Aung MS. 2, Malik Y.S., Kobayashi N., Fuentealba C. Torque teno sus virus in concomitant infection with important viral pathogens in porcine kidneys on St. Kitts Island: First report from the Lesser Antilles. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. 2018.
  • Verma, A., Soto, E., Illanes, O., Ghosh, S., Fuentealba, C Detection and genotyping of Leptospira spp. from the kidneys of a seemingly healthy pig slaughtered for human consumption. J Infect Dev Ctries, 05/2015: 9(5).

Veterinary Education

  • Fuentealba IC, Mason RV, Johnston SD. Community-based Clinical Veterinary Education at Western University of Health Sciences. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 35:34-42. 2008.
  • Fuentealba IC, Hecker KG. Clinical preceptor evaluation of veterinary students in a distributed model of clinical education. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 35:389-396. 2008. 
  • Turnwald G, Stone E, Bristol D, Fuentealba C, Hardie L, Hellyer P, Jaeger L, Kerwin S, Kochevar D, Lissemore K, Olsen C, Rogers K, Sabin B, Swanson C, Warner A. Assessing clinical competency: Reports from Discussion Groups. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 35:343-353. 2008.
  • Hecker K, Donnon T, Fuentealba C, Hall D, Illanes O, Morck DW, Muelling C. Assessment of applicants to the veterinary curriculum using a multiple mini interview method. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 36:166-173. 2009.
  • Fuentealba C, Hecker KG, Nelson PD, Tegzes JH, Waldhalm. Relationships between admissions requirements and pre-clinical and clinical performance in a distributed veterinary curriculum. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 38(1):52-59. 2011.
  • Fuentealba C. Role of student assessment in the learning process. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 38(2):157-162. 2011.
  • Williamson J, Hecker K, Yvorchuck K, Artemiou E, French H, Fuentealba C. Development and validation of a feline abdominal palpation model and scoring rubric. Veterinary Records, 177(6):151, 2015
  • Little W, Artemiou E, Fuentealba C, Conan A, Sparks C. Veterinary Students and Faculty Partner in Developing a Virtual Three-Dimensional (3D) Interactive Touch Screen Canine Anatomy Table.  Medical Science Educator29:223-231. 2019.
  • Artemiou E, Gilbert GE, Fuentealba C, Greenhill L. Raising awareness on issues of globalization in veterinary medical education. MedEdPublish
  • Adams RA, Gilbert GE, Buckley L, Nino-Fong R, Fuentealba IC, Little EL. A Method for Functional Task Analysis of an Arthrocenthesis Simulator. Simulations in Healthcare,13: 289-294. 2018.