Barb Powers

Emeritus Professor Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

About Barb

Barb graduated from Purdue University with her DVM in 1981. She then did a one year small animal internship at Colorado State University, and subsequently completed her pathology residency and PhD in 1986, becoming ACVP board certified in 1987. Barb then joined CSU’s Animal Cancer Center as pathologist and researcher in cancer and radiation pathology for 10 years. In 1996 she became Director of CSU’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories, serving in that position for 22 years. She was president of Colorado Veterinary Medical Association from 2003-2004 and president of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) from 2006-2007. She served on AAVLD’s Accreditation Committee from 1998-2010. At CSU, she and her colleagues validated an ELISA for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in cervids and established one of the country’s largest CWD testing centers. She cochaired the committee on the National Animal Health Laboratory Network from 2008-2018, helping to secure federal funding. Barb has authored or co-authored over 210 publications, mostly related to small animal oncology, radiation pathology or orthopedic pathology.


PhD, Colorado State University, 1986MS, Purdue University, 1981DVM, Purdue University, 1979BS, Purdue University, 1977


American College of Veterinary Pathologists - Anatomic Pathology