Dr. Gookin is nationally recognized for her expertise in gastroenterology with a special emphasis on infectious causes of feline diarrheal disease. Dr. Gookin and her colleagues are credited with identification of Tritrichomonas foetus as a previously unrecognized cause of diarrhea in domestic cats and have dedicated over 12 years of research effort into establishing the pathogenicity, means for diagnosis, worldwide significance, and an effective treatment for this infection.
Dr. Gookin received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of California at Davis and a PhD in Gastrointestinal Physiology at North Carolina State University under the direction of Dr. Bob Argenzio. She completed the Small Animal Internal Medicine Clinician Scientist training program at North Carolina State University under the advisorship of Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt where she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Gookin is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at North Carolina State University where her efforts are devoted to research, clinical service and teaching.
In addition to her extramurally funded research efforts in both basic and clinical gastroenterology, Dr. Gookin is a passionate advocate for mentorship of the next generation of veterinarian clinician-scientists and serves as Co-director of the NCSU Veterinary Scholars Program, on the Executive Committee of the NIH/NCSU T35 Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Training Program, and as training faculty for the NIH/NCSU T32 Comparative Medicine and Translational Research Training Program.