Dr. Joyce S. Knoll is the Dean ad interim and the Henry and Lois Foster Professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Between 2016-2018 she was chair of the Department of Biomedical Science. She founded the campus Clinical Pathology Lab in 2001 and served as its Director until 2018.
Dr Knoll earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Franklin & Marshall College in 1977. She then went to veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a combined VMD (1984) and PhD (1986) through the NIH Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program. Her PhD research characterized a mouse model for beta thalassemia, a congenital hemoglobin defect. She went on to complete a small animal internship at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, in Boston, MA. She became certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathology (clinical pathology specialty) in 1990, after completing a residency at the University of Wisconsin.
Since coming to Tufts, Dr. Knoll has been committed to student learning and excellence in teaching, using a variety of techniques to engage students in both large and small groups. She has been actively engaged in the veterinary curriculum through her work with the curriculum committee and as a driving force behind a reorganization of the 1st yr veterinary curriculum, designed to better integrate basic science topics across courses. She won the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher award in 1998, a TCSVM Distinction award in 2009, the Tufts Alumni Hall of Fame (for teaching) in 2014, and the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher award in 2015. She has also been involved in development and implementation of several on-line courses through the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) and the Veterinary Support Personnel Network (VSPN). She is co-editor of Blackwell’s Five Minute Veterinary Consult: Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures.