Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology Residents

Marigold E. Ernst, DVM, Diplomate ACVP

Chief Resident
Clinical Pathology
PhD Candidate
Department of Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology


  • 2010
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
    West Lafayette, IN
  • 2006
    Bachelor of Science, Biology
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    West Henrietta, NY

Board Certification

2016 - Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists (Clinical Pathology)


Dr. Ernst grew up in Long Island, N.Y., attended college in Rochester, N.Y., and received her DVM from Purdue University. She worked in small animal general and emergency practice for two and a half years before coming to the VMCVM to pursue specialization in veterinary clinical pathology, and a PhD in the biomedical sciences. Outside of clinical work and research, she loves spending time at home with her husband, daughter, and three cats, and enjoys swing dancing, singing, reading, and craft projects.

Research Interests & Experience

  • Antimicrobial properties of peptide nucleic acids
  • Evaluation of the antimycobacterial properties of novel organometallic compounds

Professional Experience

  • 2013 – Present
    Clinical Pathology Residency
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2013 – Present
    PhD Candidate
    Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2011 – 2013
    Small Animal Emergency and Relief Veterinarian
    Knoxville, TN
  • 2010 – 2011
    Associate Small Animal Veterinarian
    Van Wert, OH

Professional Memberships

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American College of Veterinary Pathologists
  • American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology
  • The Society of Phi Zeta, The Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society for Microbiology


  1. Pathology in Practice. M.E. Ernst, N. Weinstein, K.M. Boes, K.E Wilson, W.F. Gilsenan. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 2016;249(1):59.62