Carl Osborne, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM

Carl Osborne

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Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1970

DVM, Purdue University, 1964

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 1972


Awards & Recognition

Recipient of 43 Honors and Awards, including

  • Norden Distinguished Teaching Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Field of Veterinary Medicine-1975, 1987, 1997, and 2002.
  • Ralston Purina Small Animal Research Award for research contributions to nephrology and urology. Sponsored by Ralston Purina and Awarded by the American Veterinary Medical Association; St. Louis, MO, 1982.
  • Bourgelat Award-1983- as international recognition for outstanding contributions to the field of Small Animal Practice. Awarded by British Small Animal Veterinary Association. London, England, 1983.
  • Carnation Award-1985- for outstanding contributions to the study of feline diseases and nutrition. Sponsored by the Carnation Company, and awarded by the American Animal Hospital Association. Orlando, Florida, 1985
  • Distinguished Practitioner in Veterinary Medicine, National Academies of Practice. In recognition of significant and enduring contributions to the practice of the Health Professions. Elected in 1985.
  • World Small Animal Veterinary Association International Prize For Scientific Achievement, for scientific contributions that have had a significant impact on the advancement of knowledge concerning the cause, detection, and cure or control of urinary tract disorders of companion animals. Barcelona, Spain, 1988.
  • Honorary Doctor of Science, Awarded by Purdue University "in recognition of pioneering contributions to knowledge and understanding, and efforts as mentor and role model in veterinary medicine". West Lafayette, IN, 1989.
  • Honorary Doctor of Science. Awarded by University of Gent "for contributions to veterinary nephrology and urology, and veterinary medical education." Gent Belgium, 1990.
  • Beecham Award for Research Excellence "recognizing outstanding research effort & productivity". Awarded by College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, 1990.
  • Phi Zeta Faculty Achievement Award for Contributions to Professional and Graduate Education, and Research Contributions. Awarded by Kappa Chapter of Phi Zeta, University of Minnesota, 1993.
  • Osborne Award-1999. Selected by the International Renal Interest Society for lifetime achievements in nephrology, inspiration to academicians, and dedication to improving the health care of animals. Lyon, France, 1999.


Research Summary/Interests

  • Urolithiasis--Etiopathogenesis, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
  • Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorders
  • Progression of Renal Failure
  • Diseases of the Urinary System. Special interest in development & evaluation of models of diseases
  • Immune Mediated Glomerulonephropathy
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Development and/or improvement of diagnostic techniques which will permit diagnosis of renal diseases at a potentially reversible stage.

Research Funding Grants

  • Clinical Benefit Of Calcitriol In Feline Chronic Renal Failure: A Clinical Trial. Co-Investigator with DJ Polzin, Morris Animal Foundation.
  • Clinical Benefit Of Calcitriol In Canine Chronic Renal Failure: A Clinical Trial. Co-Investigator with DJ Polzin, Morris Animal Foundation.
  • Epidemiology of Uroliths in Domestic Animals, Co-Principal Investigator with JP Lulich. Hill's Science & Technology Center.
  • Effect of limiting dietary protein and phosphorus intakes in cats with spontaneous chronic renal failure: A clinical trial. Co-principal investigator with DJ Polzin. Hill's Science and Technology Center.
  • PhD Graduate Training/Clinical Residency Training Program in Nutrition. Principal Investigator. Mark Morris Foundation.
  • Calcium oxalate urolithiasis in cats. Characterizing defects. Co-principal investigator with JP Lulich. Hill's Science and Technology Center.


For a listing of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.


Teaching Areas

  • Outcome based learning.
  • Problem oriented and problem based learning.
  • Methods that will facilitate learning by "underachievers."
  • Effective methods of oral presentation
  • How to design and evaluate examinations as teaching tools.



  • Internal Medicine

Board Certifications

Diplomate ACVIM (Internal Medicine)

Clinical Interests

Urinary tract disorders Urolithiasis Urinary tract infection Renal Failure Idiopathic feline lower urinary tract disorders