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Elisabeth Snead Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies | Professor, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Research Area(s)

  • Feline infectious diseases, comparative prostatic disease in dogs and men using synchrotron imaging, canine obesity, canine and feline diabetes


Dr. Elisabeth (Liz) Snead completed her internship at the Mesa Veterinary Hospital in 2000 and her residency at the University of Prince Edward Island in 2003. Her teaching expertise is in the area of small animal nephrology and endocrinology. She is the director of the Feline Radioiodine Treatment Program for treating hyperthyroidism in cats.

Dr. Snead is the WCVM's associate dean of research and graduate studies. 

Academic Credentials

  • BSc, University of Calgary
  • DVM, University of Saskatchewan
  • MSc, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Research Interests

Her MSc research was in the area of canine diabetes mellitus. 

Areas of clinical research include feline infectious diseases, intraosseous bone marrow, access techniques in dogs and cats: feline obesity and diabetes mellitus, comparative prostatic disease in dogs and men using synchrotron imaging, arterial blood gas findings in obese dogs and techniques for measuring glomerular filtration rate in cats. 

As part of her sabbatical leave, Dr. Snead explored the use of radioisotopes as an alternative treatment for infectious diseases in dogs and cats. 

Dr. Snead is a current member of the U of S Prostate Research Group and the One Health Imaging Group. 


  • Snead, E.C., Taylor, S.M., van der Kooij, M., Cosford, K., Beggs, A.H., Shelton, G.D., 2015  Clinical Phenotype of X-linked Myotubular Myopathy in Labrador Retriever Puppies.  Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 29(1):254-60.

  • Wolkowski, B., Snead, E., Pettitt, M., Singh, J., Wesolowski, M., Chibbar, R., Montgomery, J., 2015 Assessment of Freeware Programs for the Reconstruction of In-Line Phase-Contrast Computed Tomography Datasets Obtained with a Monochromatic Synchrotron-Based X-ray Source, Journal of Synchrotron Radiation   2015; 22: 1130-1138. 

  • Kong, L., Snead, E., Burgess, H., Dhumeaux, M., 2014.  Recurrent Episodes of Severe Bleeding Caused by Congenital Factor XIII Deficiency in a Dog. Journal American Veterinary Medical Association, 245(10):  1147-52.

  • Dhumeaux, M.P., Snead, E.C.R., Epp, T.Y., Taylor, S.M., Carr, A.P., Dickinson, R.M., Leis, M.L., 2012. Effects of a Standardized Anesthetic Protocol on Hematologic Parameters in Healthy Cats. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 14(10): 701-705. 

  • Beggs, A.H., Böhm, J., Snead, E.C.R., Kozlowski, M., Maurer, M., Minor, K., Childers, M.K., Taylor, S.M., Hitte, C., Mickelson, J.R., Guo, L.T., Mizisin, A.P., Buj-Bello, A., Tiret, L., Laporte, J., Shelton, D.G., 2010.  MTM1 Mutation Associated with X-linked Myotubular Myopathy in Labrador Retrievers.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2010 Aug 17, 107(33): 14697-702.  

  • Nibblett, B.M.D., Waldner, C., Taylor, S.M., Jackson, M.L., Knorr, L.M., Snead, E.C., 2010.  Hemotropic Mycoplasma Prevalence in Shelter and Client-Owned Cats in Saskatchewan and a Comparison of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) — Results from Two Independent Laboratories.  Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, 74: 91-96.