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Personal Profile


Dr. Otoni received her Veterinary degree from Sao Paulo State University, Brazil, in 2004 where she also completed a Small Animal Medicine Residency. In 2007, after completing an evaluated clinical year at the University of Wisconsin, she became licensed to practice Veterinary Medicine in The United States. Dr. Otoni spent a year as a volunteer in an animal shelter in West Lafayette, Indiana while teaching first year veterinary students at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. Later, she completed a small animal rotating internship in medicine and surgery at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine followed by a three-year residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. During her residency, Dr. Otoni was awarded a competitive research grant and completed a prospective clinical study on Inflammatory Bowel Disease in dogs. Dr. Otoni has published 6 abstracts and papers over the past 3 years.

Dr. Otoni’s professional and research interests are broad, but include gastrointestinal and endocrine diseases as well as cardiology. She is also experienced and enjoys performing minimally invasive procedures like laparoscopic organ biopsy, cystoscopy, bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy and gastrointestinal endoscopy.


Otoni CC, Heilmann RM, Garcia-Sancho M, Sainz A, Ackermann MR, Suchodolski JS, X Steiner JM, Jergens AM. Serologic and Fecal Markers to Predict Response to Induction Therapy in Dogs with Idiopathic Inflammatory Bowel Disease. J Vet Intern Med. 2018 (in press)


Heilmann RM, Volkmann M, Otoni CC, Grützner N, Kohn B, Jergens AE, Steiner JM. Fecal S100A12 concentration predicts a lack of response to treatment in dogs with chronic enteropathies. Vet J. 2016 (in press)


Slovak JE, Wang C, Sun Y, Otoni CC, Morrison J, Deitz K, LeVine D, Jergens AE. Development and validation of an endoscopic activity score for canine inflammatory bowel disease. Vet J. 2015 Mar;203(3):290-5.


Minamoto Y, Otoni CC, Steelman SM, Büyükleblebici O, Steiner JM, Jergens AE, Suchodolski JS. Alteration of the fecal microbiota and serum metabolite profiles in dogs with idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease. Gut Microbes. 2015;6(1):33-47.

Heilmann RM,Otoni CC, Jergens AE, Grützner N, Suchodolski JS, Steiner JM. Systemic levels of the anti-inflammatory decoy receptor soluble RAGE (receptor for advanced glycation end products) are decreased in dogs with inflammatory bowel disease. Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2014 Oct 15;161(3-4):184-92. 


Slovak JE, Wang C, Morrison JA, Deitz KL, LeVine DN, Otoni CC, King RR, Gerber LE, Hanson KR, Lundberg AP, Jergens AE. Endoscopic assessment of the duodenum in dogs with inflammatory bowel disease. J Vet Intern Med. 2014 Sep-Oct;28(5):1442-6. 


Slovak J., Otoni CC, Jergens A.E., et al. Inter and Intra-Observer Agreement in the Endoscopic Assessment of Canine Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Oral abstract presentation. 31th ACVIM Forum. Seattle, WA, June/2013. 


Minamoto Y,Otoni CC, Markel ME, Heilmann RM, Steiner JM, Jergens AE, Suchodolski JS. Evaluation of the fecal microbiota in dogs with idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease before and after treatment. Oral abstract presentation. 31th ACVIM Forum. Seattle, WA, June/2013.


Otoni CC, Heilmann RM, García-Sancho M, Suchodolski JS, Steiner JM, Jergens AE. Serologic and fecal markers in prediction of acute disease course in canine chronic enteropathies. Oral abstract presentation. 30th ACVIM Forum. New Orleans, LA, June/2012. 


Otoni CC, Abbott AJ. Mitral valve dysplasia characterized by isolated cleft of the anterior leaflet resulting in fixed left ventricular outflow tract obstruction. J Vet Cardiol. 2012 Mar;14(1):301-5. 


Riesen SC, Schober KE, Smith DN, Otoni CC, Li X, Bonagura JD. Effects of ivabradine on heart rate and left ventricular function in healthy cats and cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Am J Vet Res. 2012 Feb;73(2):202-12. 

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