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Jerold Bell

Jerold Bell
Adjunct Professor

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  • DVM - New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University - 1982
  • BS - Michigan State University - 1977


Bell JS, Cavanaugh KE, Tilley LP, Smith WK. Veterinary Medical Guide to Dog and Cat Breeds. Jackson WY: Teton New Media, 2012.


Bell JS. Genetic Testing. In: Blackwell’s 5-Minute Veterinary Consult: Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures: Canine & Feline. Vaden SL, Knoll JS, Smith FWK, Tilley LP (eds). Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, pp. 333-335.

Bell JS. American Breed Clubs and Health Initiatives. In: The Dog and Its Genome. Ostrander EA,Giger U, Lindblad-Toh K (eds). New York: Cold Spring Harbor, 2006, pp 31-45.

Journal Articles

Bell JS. Top 5 Genetic Diseases of Cats. Clinician’s Brief. 2016:Dec:74-76,62.

Bell JS.
Top 5 Genetic Diseases of Dogs. Clinician’s Brief. 2016:Dec:79-82.

Bell JS.
Maintaining and Improving Breeds. AKC Perspectives. 2016:Sep;29(3):8-11.

Bell JS. Inherited and predisposing factors in the development of gastric dilatation volvulus in dogs. Top Companion Anim Med. 2014:Sep;29(3):60-3.

Agler C, Nielsen DM, Urkasemsin G, Singleton A, Tonomura N, Sigurdsson S, Tang R, Linder K, Arepalli S, Hernandez D, Lindblad-Toh K, van de Leemput J, Motsinger-Reif A, O'Brien DP, Bell J, Harris T, Steinberg S, Olby NJ. Canine hereditary ataxia in old english sheepdogs and gordon setters is associated with a defect in the autophagy gene encoding RAB24. PLoS Genet. 2014:6;10(2):e1003991.

Bell JS. Inherited Disorders in Dogs. What is the veterinarian’s role? Adv Sm An Med Surg. 2013:26(3), 1-3.

Culver S, Ito D, Borst L, Bell JS, Modiano JF, Breen M. Molecular characterization of canine BCR-ABL-positive chronic myelomonocytic leukemia before and after chemotherapy. Vet Clin Pathol. 2013: 42(3):314-22.

Slutsky J, Raj K, Yuhnke S, Bell J, Fretwell N, Hedhammar A, Wade C, Giger U. A web resource on DNA tests for canine and feline hereditary diseases. Vet J. 2013:197(2):182-7.

Downs LM, Bell JS, Freeman J, Hartley C, Hayward LJ, Mellersh CS. Late-onset progressive retinal atrophy in the Gordon and Irish Setter breeds is associated with a frameshift mutation in C2orf71. Anim Genet. 2013: 44(2):169-77.

Thomas R, Seiser EL, Motsinger-Reif A, Borst L, Valli VE, Kelley K, Suter SE, Argyle D, Burgess K, Bell J, Lindblad-Toh K, Modiano JF, Breen M. Refining tumor-associated aneuploidy through 'genomic recoding' of recurrent DNA copy number aberrations in 150 canine non-Hodgkin lymphomas. Leuk Lymphoma. 2011:Jul;52(7):1321-35.

Ito D, Endicott MM, Jubala CM, Helm KM, Burnett RC, Husbands BD, Borgatti A, Henson MS, Burgess KE, Bell JS, Kisseberth WC, Valli VE, Cutter GR, Avery AC, Hahn KA, O'Brien TD, Modiano JF. A tumor-related lymphoid progenitor population supports hierarchical tumor organization in canine B-cell lymphoma. J Vet Intern Med. 2011: 25(4):890-6.

Keller GG, Dziuk E, Bell JS. How the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) is tackling inherited disorders in the USA: using hip and elbow dysplasia as examples. Vet J. 2011: 189(2):197-202.

Bell JS. Researcher responsibilities and genetic counseling for pure-bred dog populations. Vet J. 2011: 189(2):234-5.

Urkasemsin G, Linder KE, Bell JS, de Lahunta A, Olby NJ. Hereditary cerebellar degeneration in Scottish terriers. J Vet Intern Med. 2010: 24(3):565-70.

Thomas R, Valli VE, Ellis P, Bell J, Karlsson EK, Cullen J, Lindblad-Toh K, Langford CF, Breen M. Microarray-based cytogenetic profiling reveals recurrent and subtype-associated genomic copy number aberrations in feline sarcomas. Chromosome Res. 2009:17(8):987-1000.

Fosmire SP, Thomas R, Jubala CM, Wojcieszyn JW, Valli VE, Getzy DM, Smith TL, Gardner LA, Ritt MG, Bell JS, Freeman KP, Greenfield BE, Lana SE, Kisseberth WC, Helfand SC, Cutter GR, Breen M, Modiano JF. Inactivation of the p16 cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor in high-grade canine non-Hodgkin's T-cell lymphoma. Vet Pathol. 2007:Jul;44(4):467-78.

Oberbauer AM, Bell JS, Belanger JM, Famula TR: Genetic evaluation of Addison's disease in the Portuguese Water Dog. BMC Vet Res. 2006:2:15.

Steinberg HS, Van Winkle T, Bell JS, de Lahunta A. Cerebellar Degeneration in Old English Sheepdogs. JAVMA 2000: 217#8:1162-1165.

Brenner O, de Lahunta A, Summers BA, Cummings JF, Cooper BJ, Valentine BA, Bell JS: Hereditary polioencephalomyelopathy of the Australian cattle dog. Acta Neuropathol (Berl). 1997:94(1):54-66.

de Lahunta A, Ingram JT, Cummings JF, Bell JS: Labrador Retriever Central Axonopathy. Prog Vet Neurol 1994:5(3):117-122.

Morton LD, Sanecki RK, Gordon DE, Sopiarz RL, Bell JS, Sakas PS: Juvenile renal disease in miniature schnauzer dogs. Vet Pathol. 1990:27(6):455-8.

de Lahunta A, Fenner WR, Indrieri RJ, Mellick PW, Gardner S, Bell JS: Hereditary cerebellar cortical abiotrophy in the Gordon Setter. JAVMA 1980:177(6):538-41.

Research and Clinical Interests

  • Clinical Veterinary Medical Genetics
  • Hereditary Disorders of Dogs & Cats
  • Epidemiology of Defective Genes
  • Breed Development and Health
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Breed Improvement

Clinic Address

Freshwater Veterinary Hospital

151 Hazard Avenue, Ste 11

Enfield, CT 06082

Memberships and Recognitions

WSAVA Hereditary Diseases Committee, Member Chairman

OFA (US), Board of Directors

AKC  Health & Welfare Advisory Panel, Member