Animal Health Diagnostic Center - NYS Veterinary Diagnostic laboratory


Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences


Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people

Belinda S. Thompson

Dr. Belinda ThompsonClinical Assistant Professor
Veterinary Support Services Veterinarian
Animal Health Diagnostic Center
Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
A1-222 NYS Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
240 Farrier Road
College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
phone: 607-253-3908


Dr. Thompson is a 1981 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell, and a 1977 Animal Science graduate of the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She was a partner in a private, large animal veterinary practice serving the Twin Tiers region of NY and PA for 20 years. During that time, she provided both routine and emergency surgical and preventive medicine services for livestock, including dairy cattle, beef cattle, horses, sheep, goats and a very limited number of pigs. Dr. Thompson began working in her current position at the Cornell Animal Health Diagnostic Center in 2002. In this capacity, she works to assist veterinarians in their investigations of disease outbreaks, provides consultation on sample submission, test result interpretation, and disease control and surveillance programs. Dr. Thompson collaborates with others on research efforts relevant to test development and disease control being undertaken at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center. She also works in support of NYS livestock programs, preparing educational and program support materials and helping to facilitate the programs. Dr. Thompson’s teaching activities for students in the veterinary curriculum are related to her diagnostic experience and clinical practice with livestock species.


  • BS Animal Science from College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University (1977)
  • DVM from NYS College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University (1981)


  • 2007-present: Section Head of AHDC Operations (Receiving, Medical Records, Regulatory Affairs, Veterinary support Services), Director of Veterinary Support Services
  • 2002-present: Senior Extension Veterinarian; Veterinary Support Services, NYS Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC), College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University (January 2, 2002)
  • 1981-2001: Private practice, exclusively for livestock and horses; Pine City Veterinary Clinic, Pine City, NY;
    serving the Twin Tiers region of PA and NY (June 1, 1981 – December 31, 2001)


  • Declines in blood lead concentrations in clinically affected and unaffected cattle accidentally exposed to lead, K. Bischoff,1 B. Thompson, H. N. Erb, W. P. Higgins, J. G. Ebel, J. R. Hillebrandt, JVDI 2012 24(1) 182–187
  • T. McComb, K. Bischoff, B. Thompson, M. C. Smith, H. O. Mohammed, J. Ebel, and J. Hillebrandt, An investigation of blood selenium concentrations of goats in New York State, JVDI 2010 22: 696-701
  • Trace Mineral Concentrations in Dairy Cattle with Rupture of Abdominal Artery Aneurysms, C. G. lamm, K. L. Bischoff, H. N. Erb, C. L. guard, J. R. Hillebrandt, B Thompson, B.L.Njaa, The Bovine Practitioner Spring 2010 44(1):36-40
  • In vitro cellular immune responses to recombinant antigens of Mycobacterium avium subsp. Paratuberculosis, Sung Jae Shin, Chao-Fu Chang, Ching-Dong Chang, Sean P McDonough, Belinda Thompson, Han Sang Yoo, and Yung-Fu Chang, Infection and Immunity, Aug. 2005, 5074-5085.
  • Genetically Identical Bovine Virus Diarrhea Viruses Isolated from an Aborted Ovine Fetus and a Yearling Hereford Heifer on the Same Premises – B. Thompson, E. Dubovi, B. Njaa, J.F. Ridpath (Scientific Sessions, 47th Annual Meeting, American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians October, 2004)