Seth Harris

Seth Harris, professor in the UNL School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

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Faculty Profile


Dr. Harris is a veterinary anatomic pathologist and associate professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He routinely collaborates with other scientists at the university who have projects that require pathology expertise. He also is involved in case-based research and contract pathology work through the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center.

Dr. Harris' role as a diagnostic pathologist at the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center is to assist veterinarians, their clients and others responsible for animal and public health in the detection, prevention and understanding of disease. This is accomplished through performing necropsies with subsequent histological evaluation, coordinating ancillary testing, and reading biopsies.


  • Ph.D. in Veterinary Science, Washington State University, 2010
  • Residency in Comparative Pathology, Washington State University, 2009
  • D.V.M., Colorado State University, 2003
  • B.S. in Agriculture, University of Arizona, 199
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Professional Responsibilities and Activities

  • Teaching
    Professional Veterinary Courses

    - VBMS 910, Topics in Immunology (guest lecturer), University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, (2011)
    - CVM 7531, Necropsy Preceptorship Instructor (Western University), University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, (2013)
    - VBMS 673, Systemic Pathology (Liver and Pancreas), University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (2013-2018)
    - VBMS 672, Systemic Pathology (Liver, Pancreas, Integument, Ocular), University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (2018-present)

    Residency Courses

    - VBMS 901, Diagnostic Technique, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (2012-2021)
    - VBMS 975, Veterinary Histopathology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (2014)
    - VBMS 998, Special Topics in Veterinary Science, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (2015-2019)

  • Pathology Residents

    - 2009-2013: Elisa Salas, DVM, DACVP – Veterinary Pathologist with IDEXX
    - 2013-2018: Sarah Sillman, DVM, PhD, DACVP – Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Veterinary Diagnostic Center
    - 2018-2021: Matthew Hille, DVM, MS – passed phase I ACVP exam in 2020, retaking phase II in 2022


Vitosh, S., Brodersen, B., Harris, S., Pathology in Practice (Inclusion Body Rhinitis). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 2017 Feb;250(3):293-295

Xie, W., Lewis, W.M., Kaser, J., Ross Welch, C., Li, P., Nelson, C.A., Kothari, V., Harris, S., Terry, B.S. Design and Validation of a Biosensor Implantation Capsule Robot. Journal of Biomedical Engineering. 2017 Aug 1; 139(8) (errata issued 2020 for authorship)

Sillman, S., Lee, S., Claborn, J., Boruch, J., and Harris, S., Fall (Panicum dichotomiflorum) Toxicosis in Three Juvenile Goats. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. 2019 Jan;31(1): 90-93

Fiala, A., Slagle, C., Legband, N., Aghabaglou, F., Buessing, K., Borden, M., Harris, S., Terry, N. Treatment of a Rat Model of LPS-Induced ARDS via Peritoneal Perfusion of Oxygen Microbubbles. Journal of Surgical Research. 2020 Feb; 246:450-456

Sutton, K., Lahmers, K., Harris, S., Wijesena, H., Mote, B., Kachman, S., Ciobanu, D., Detection of Atypical Porcine Pestivirus Genome in Newborn Piglets Affected by Congenital Tremor. Journal of Animal Science. 2019 Oct 3;97(10):4093-4100.

Derakhshandeh, H., Aghabaglou, F., McCarthy, A., Mostafavi, A., Wisemann, C., Bonick, Z., Ghanavati, I., Harris, S., Kreikemeier-Bower, C., Mostafalu, P., Orgill, D., Tamayol, A., A Wirelessly-Controlled Smart Bandage with 3D-Printed Miniaturized Needle Arrays. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2020, 30, 1905544

Mostafavi, A., Abudula, T., Russell, C., Mostafavi, E., Williams, T., Salah, N., Alshahrie, A., Harris, S., Masoud, S., Basri, M., Mishra,Y., Webster, T., Memic, A., Tamayol, A. In situ printing of scaffolds for reconstruction of bone defects. Acta Biomaterialia. 2021, 127: 313-26

Mohamadmahdi, S., Aghabaglou, F., Nuutila, K., Derakhshandeh, H., Zhang, Y., Harris, S., Barnum, L., Kreikemeier-Bower, C., Arab-Tehrany, E., Peppas, N., Sinha, I., Tanayol, T. Miniaturized Needle Array-Mediated Drug Delivery Accelerates Wound Healing. Adv. Healthcare Mater. 2021, 10, 2001800

Ur Rehman Mohammed, R., Zollinger, N., McCain, A., Romaguera-Matas, R., Harris, S., Buesing, K., Borden, M., Terry, B. Testing oxygen microbubbles on a large pig model of LPS-induced respiratory distress syndrome. J. Surg. Research. 2022 (in review)

Book Chapters

Harris, S. and Daniels, J. Chapter 33 Rhodococcus. In McVey, D., Kennedy, M., and Chengappa, M. (2013) Veterinary Microbiology 3rd Ed., Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell

Harris, S. and Daniels, J. Rhodococcus. Veterinary Microbiology 4rd Ed., Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell (in review)


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Research Areas

  • Pathology