Christina E. Clarkson, DVM, PhD

Christina E. Clarkson

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-624-2267

Mailing Address:
235D AS/VM Building
1988 Fitch Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

PhD, Texas A&M University

DVM, University of Minnesota

BS, University of Minnesota



Anatomy, Communication Instruction, Biomimicry

Awards & Recognition

  • International Teaching and Learning Fellow (2015)
  • International Teaching and Learning Cohort (2014)
  • Zoetis Distinguished Teaching Award (2014)
  • Excellence in Course Coordination (2013, 2014)
  • Outstanding Teaching Award (VBS Dept 2011, 2013
  • Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award (2010)


Research Summary/Interests

Biomimicry is my new research direction, one that incorporates a long-standing passion to better understand morphological adaptations in animals. It is fascinating to envision that solutions to problems we face may be uncovered through a better understanding of animal design!



Academic Interests and Focus

Course design as a tool for the creation of significant learning experiences is central to my teaching approach i.e., linking course objectives to appropriate activities followed by informative assessments. A related interest focuses on the incorporation of a global mindset into my course goals. This evolving area of study focuses on the student - their perspectives, experiences etc. i.e., 'situational factors' within the Fink model. As we live, now and in the future, differing perspectives and ways of solving problems will become increasingly more important. Purposeful incorporation or simple recognition of diverse view points is an important consideration in course design.


  • Anatomy I (CVM 6903)*
  • Anatomy II (CVM 6908)*
  • Microscopic Anatomy I (CVM 6900)
  • Microscopic Anatomy II (CVM 6936)
  • Professional Development V (Applied Communication; CVM 6970)*
  • GOALe (Mentorship program for first year veterinary students; CVM 6000)
  • Companion Animal Anatomy (Undergraduate course in comparative anatomy; VBS 2100)*
  • Avian Core (CVM 6943)
  • Foundations of Interprofessional Communication & Collaboration (Veterinary College Coordinator)*

* indicates courses I coordinate in addition to teach.


Clinical Interests

Clinical Interests: Small Animal Surgery

Clinical Experience Statement

Internship: Small Animal (Texas A&M University) Clinical Practice: Small Animal (15 years)