Nora L. Springer, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Nora L Springer, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Nora L. Springer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, a clinical pathologist, and Section Head of the Clinical Immunology Laboratory of the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Dr. Springer received her BS in biology from Marietta College, her DVM in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and completed PhD training in the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University. Additional training included a companion animal medicine and surgery internship at Louisiana State School of Veterinary Medicine and a clinical pathology residency at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Springer has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists since 2013.

Dr. Springer’s research interests include hematopoietic neoplasia in companion animals and the role of obesity in cancer development in both pets and people. Dr. Springer’s research team studies structural and biochemical changes to adipose tissue extracellular matrix during obesity. These changes alter the adipose tissue microenvironment, priming it for future cancer development. Dr. Springer is a proponent of comparative medicine, utilizing spontaneous disease in companion animals as a large animal model system to enhance in vitro and mouse model findings.

In addition to research, Dr. Springer is significantly involved in trainee mentorship and development. She is the mentor for three graduate students, three clinical pathology residents, and several veterinary students through the Veterinary Research Scholars Program at Kansas State University. Dr. Springer additionally teaches in the immunology and clinical pathology courses in the DVM curriculum.

Dr. Springer is active in several professional organizations including the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP), the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP), where she serves on the Inter-Society Experimental Pathology committee, the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD), and the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP) where she serves on the Share the Future development committee to fund trainee research opportunities. Other notable achievements include being an American Veterinary Medical Association Young Investigator Award finalist in 2016 and receiving the George K. Michalopoulos Junior Faculty Travel Award from ASIP in 2018.