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John  Loftus, PhD, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

  • John Loftus, PhD, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
  • Title: Lecturer in the Section of Small Animal Medicine
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Education and Training:



DVM, Cornell University, 2012

PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2008


Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine, Cornell University

Residency in Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, Cornell University

Small Animal Rotating Internship, Cornell University


Chief Resident, Companion Animal Sections, Cornell University 2013-2014; 2016


Selected Publications:


1)    Loftus JP, DeRosa S, Struble AM, Randolph JR and Wakshlag JJ. Efficacy of an Iodine Restricted Diet for the Treatment of Hyperthyroidism in Cats: A One Year Case Series. JFMS. In Preparation.

2)    Loftus JP, Center SA*, Lucy JM, et al. Aminoaciduria may explain hypoaminoacidemia in Canine Hepatocutaneous Syndrome (n=20). AJVR. In Press.

3)    von Pfeil DJF, Cummings BP, Loftus JP, Levine CB, Mann S, Downey RL, Griffits C, Wakshlag JJ. Evaluation of plasma inflammatory cytokine concentrations in racing sled dogs. Can Vet J. 2015 Dec;56(12):1252-6.

4)    Loftus JP and Wakshlag JJ*.  Canine and Feline Obesity: A Review of Pathophysiology, Epidemiology and Clinical Management.  Veterinary Medicine: Research and Reports.  2015, 6: 49-60.

5)    Helmerick EC, Loftus JP, Wakshlag JJ*.  Effects of Baicalein on Canine Osteosarcoma Cell Proliferation and Death.  Veterinary and Comparative Oncology.  2014, Dec;12(4):299-309.

6)    Rosenblatt AJ*, Scrivani PV, Caserto BG, Ruby RE, Loftus JP, de Lahunta A, Noden DM.  Imaging Diagnosis – Meningoencephalitis Secondary to Suppurative Rhinitis and Meningoencephalocele Infection in a Dog. Vet Radiology and Ultrasound. 2014, Nov-Dec;55(6):614-9.

7)    Loftus JP, Yazwinski M, Milizio J, Wakshlag JJ*.  Energy Requirements for Racing Endurance Sled Dogs.  Journal of Nutritional Science.  2014, Sep 30;3:e34.

8)    Loftus JP, Cavatorta D, Bushey JJ, Levine CB, Sevier CS, Wakshlag JJ*.  The 5-lipoxygenase inhibitor tepoxalin induces oxidative damage and altered PTEN status prior to apoptosis in canine osteosarcoma cell lines.  Veterinary and Comparative Oncology. 2014, May 12 [epub].

9)    Wakshlag JJ*, Peters-Kennedy J, Bushey JJ, Loftus JP5-Lipoxygenase expression and tepoxalin mediated cell death in feline squamous cell carcinoma. Am. J. Vet. Res.  2011, Oct; 72(10): 1369-77.

10) Loftus JP, Morgan SK, Wakshlag JJ*.  Cloning and antibody recognition analysis of the canine 5-lipoxygenase gene.  Vet. Immunol. Immunopathol.  2011, Aug 15; 142(3-4): 276-279.

11) Loftus JP*, Williams JM, Belknap JK, Black SJ.  In vivo priming and ex vivo activation of equine neutrophils in BWE-induced equine laminitis is not attenuated by systemic lidocaine administration. Vet. Immunol. Immunopathol.  2010, Nov 15; 138(1-2): 60-69.

12) Douglas DB, Beiting DP, Loftus JP, Appleton JA, Bliss SK*.  Combinatorial effects of IL-10 and IL-4 determine the progression of hepatic inflammation following enteric parasitic infectionHepatology. 2010, June; 51(6): 2162-2171.

13) Williams JM, Lin YJ, Loftus JP, Faleiros RR, Peroni JF, Hubbell JAE, Ravis WR and Belknap JK*.  Effect of intravenous lidocaine administration on laminar inflammation in the black walnut extract of laminitisEquine Vet. J. 2010, April; 42(3): 261-269.

14) Boyd P, Hudgens E, Loftus JP, Tompkins D, Wysocki M, LaBresh J, Baldwin CL, Lunney JK*.  Expressed gene sequence and bioactivity of the IFNg-response chemokine CXCL11 of swine and bovine. Vet. Immunol. Immunopathol. 2010, July; 136(1-2): 170-175.

15) Loftus JP, Pettigrew A, Belknap JK, Johnson P, Black SJ*.  Leukocyte-derived and endogenous matrix metalloproteinases in the digital lamellae of horses with naturally-acquired and experimentally-induced laminitis. Vet. Immunol. Immunopathol. 2009, Jun 15; 129(3-4): 221-30.