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Shannon Washburn

Clinical Associate Professor


Phone: (979) 845-1993

Mailstop: 4466

Department: VTPP

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The Veterinary International Leadership Program (VILP) is a four year international studies program for students in the veterinary professional curriculum. VILP is an educational partnership between Texas A&M, Tufts, and the University of Padova. Each year, twenty veterinary students are selected for the program: 8 incoming vet students to TAMU, 4 incoming vet students to Tufts, and 8 first year vet students at the University of Padova. These students attend six week workshops each summer for the first three years of the program and then complete clinical assignments during the fourth summer. The schedule for these workshops is as follows: First Summer - Physiology Workshop in College Station, Second Summer - General Pathology Workshop in Padova, Third Summer - Public Health and Food Safety Workshop in Padova, and Fourth Summer - Clinical Assignments in College Station.

BIMS Study Abroad - Biomedical Science majors have the opportunity to take three courses while studying in Padova, Italy. Eight to ten undergraduates are selected for this 6 week study abroad program. Courses offered include: Biomedical Physiology I (VTPP 423), Pharmacology (VTPP 425), and Famous Italian Medical Scientists (VTPP 485). BIMS students will attend lectures (labs) with first year and second year veterinary students at the University of Padova. BIMS students will be required to return to Texas A&M University at the end of the six weeks and complete the final four weeks of the Biomedical Physiology I course.


Dr. Shannon Washburn is part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Texas A&M University that recently received a $1.5 million grant to fund research on placental adaptation to maternal malnutrition. The grant was awarded by the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


  • B.S. Biomedical Science, Texas A&M University 9999
  • B.S. Veterinary Science, Texas A&M University 9999
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University CVM 9999
  • PhD Biomedical Science, Texas A&M University 9999

Scholarly Interests

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) mechanisms; neuroimaging, biomarkers and nutritional interventions for FASD; clinical medicine; anesthesia; pharmacology; pathophysiology; teaching methods and learning in the professional program


Computed tomography assessment of peripubertal craniofacial morphology in a sheep model of binge alcohol drinking in the first trimester
Birch SM, Lenox M, Kornegay J, Shen L, Ai H, Ren X, Goodlett CR, Cudd TA, Washburn SE
Alcohol. 2015
Formate metabolism in fetal and neonatal sheep
Shannon E. Washburn, Marie A. Caudill, Olga Malysheva, Amanda J. MacFarlane, Nathalie A. Behan, Brian Harnett, Luke MacMillan, Theerawat Pongnopparat, John T. Brosnan, and Margaret E. Brosnan
American Journal Physiology Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2015
Maternal l‑glutamine supplementation prevents prenatal alcohol exposure‑induced fetal growth restriction in an ovine model
Sawant OB, Wu G, Washburn SE
Amino Acids. 2015
Effects of oxymorphone hydrochloride or hydromorphone hydrochloride on minimal alveolar concentration of desflurane in sheep
Sayre RS, Lepiz MA, Horsley K, Pashmakova MB, Barr J, Washburn SE
American Journal of Veterinary Research. 2015
Pharmacokinetics of tulathromycin in non-pregnant adult ewes
Washburn KE, Fajt VR, Coetzee H, Washburn SE
Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2014
Effects of L-glutamine supplementation on maternal and fetal hemodynamics in gestating ewes exposed to alcohol.
Sawant OB, Ramadoss J, Hankins GD, Wu G, Washburn SE
Amino Acids. 2014 46(8):1981-96.
Pharmacokinetics of oral chlortetracycline in nonpregnant adult ewes.
Washburn K, Fajt VR, Plummer P, Coetzee JF, Wulf LW, Washburn S
J Vet Pharmacol Ther. 2014
Maternal and neonatal plasma microRNA biomarkers for fetal alcohol exposure in an ovine model.
Balaraman S, Lunde ER, Sawant O, Cudd TA, Washburn SE, Miranda RC
Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2014 38(5):1390-400.
Interactive effects of in vitro binge-like alcohol and ATP on umbilical endothelial nitric oxide synthase post-translational modifications and redox modulation.
Subramanian K, Naik VD, Sathishkumar K, Sawant OB, Washburn SE, Wu G, Yallampalli C, Saade GR, Hankins GD, Ramadoss J
Reprod Toxicol. 2014 43(43):94-101.
The role of acidemia in maternal binge alcohol-induced alterations in fetal bone functional properties.
Sawant OB, Ramadoss J, Hogan HA, Washburn SE
Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2013 37(9):1476-82.
The role of cortisol in chronic binge alcohol-induced cerebellar injury: Ovine model.
Washburn SE, Tress U, Lunde ER, Chen WJ, Cudd TA
Alcohol. 2013 47(1):53-61.
Different patterns of regional Purkinje cell loss in the cerebellar vermis as a function of the timing of prenatal ethanol exposure in an ovine model.
Sawant OB, Lunde ER, Washburn SE, Chen WJ, Goodlett CR, Cudd TA
Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2013 35(35):7-13.
Effect of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Maternal Glutamine Supplementation on Fetal Growth
Sawant O, Johnson D, Boudreaux R, Hogan H, Wu G, Washburn SE
Formate: a key metabolite for the fetus and the neonatal animal
Brosnan JT, Washburn SE, Harnett BJ, MacMillan LE, Pongnopparat T, Brosnan M
Pharmacokinetics of oral chlortetracycline in non-pregnant adult ewes
Washburn K, Fajt V, Plummer P, Coetzee JF, Washburn SE
MRI Derived Volumetric Brain Measurements in the Ovine
Birch S, Lunde R, Lenox M, Griffin J, Kornegay J, Goodlett C, Cudd TA, Washburn SE

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