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Virginia T Rentko - VMD, DACVIM

Virginia T Rentko

Campus Phone:
508-839-5395 x84683


  • VMD - University of Pennsylvania - 1987
  • MS - The Ohio State University - 1983
  • BA - Boston University - 1981

Board Certification

  • Small Animal Internal Medicine
  1. Kwong, M., Gardner, H.L., Dieterle, N., Rentko, V. 2019. Optimization of Electronic Medical Records for Data Mining Using a Common Data Model. Topics in Companion Animal Medicine.
  2. Kwong, M., Gardner, H.L., Dieterle, N., Rentko, V. 2019. TRANSLATOR Database—A Vision for a Multi-Institutional Research Network. Topics in Companion Animal Medicine.
  3. Muir, W.W., Ilangovan, G., Zweier, J.L., Moon-Massat, P.F., Rentko, V.T. 2011. Vital organ tissue oxygenation after serial normovolemic exchange transfusion with HBOC-201 in anesthetized swine. Shock.
  4. Mongan, P.D., Moon-Massat, P.F., Rentko, V., Mihok, S., Dragovich, A., Sharma, P. 2009. Regional blood flow after serial normovolemic exchange transfusion with HBOC-201 (hemopure) in anesthetized swine. Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care.
  5. Rice, J., Philbin, N., Light, R., Arnaud, F., Steinbach, T., McGwin, G., Collier, S., Malkevich, N., Moon-Massatt, P., Rentko, V., Pearce, L.B., Ahlers, S., McCarron, R., Handrigan, M., Freilich, D. 2008. The effects of decreasing low-molecular weight hemoglobin components of hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers in swine with hemorrhagic shock. Journal of Trauma - Injury, Infection and Critical Care.
  6. Rentko, V.T., Pearce, L.B., Moon-Massat, P.F., Gawryl, M.S. 2006. Hemopure ® (HBOC-201, hemoglobin glutamer-250 (Bovine)). Preclinical studies. Blood Substitutes.
  7. Pearce, L.B., Gawryl, M.S., Rentko, V.T., Moon-Massat, P.F., Rausch, C.W. 2006. HBOC-201 (Hemoglobin Glutamer-250 (Bovine), Hemopure®). Clinical studies. Blood Substitutes.
  8. Callan, M.B., Rentko, V.T. 2003. Clinical application of a hemoglobin-based oxygen-carrying solution. Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice.
  9. Vin, R., Bedenice, D., Rentko, V.T., Paradis, M.R. 2002. The use of ultrapurified bovine hemoglobin solution in the treatment of two cases of presumed red maple toxicosis in a miniature horse and a pony. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
  10. Hamilton, R.G., Kelly, N., Gawryl, M.S., Rentko, V.T. 2001. Absence of immunopathology associated with repeated IV administration of bovine Hb-based oxygen carrier in dogs. Transfusion.
  11. Braden, T.D., Tvedten, H.W., DeCamp, C.E., Turner, T.M., Hughes, G.S., Rentko, V.T. 1999. Radiographic, biomechanical, and pathologic effects of hemoglobin glutamer-200 in dogs undergoing cemented total hip arthroplasty. American Journal of Veterinary Research.
  12. Rentko, V.T. 1992. Red blood cell substitutes.. Problems in veterinary medicine.
  13. Rentko, V.T., Clark, N., Ross, L.A., Schelling, S.H. 1992. Canine Leptospirosis: A Retrospective Study of 17 Cases. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
  14. Pappas, P.W., Narcisi, E.M., Rentko, V. 1983. Alterations in brush border membrane proteins and membrane-bound enzymes of the tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta, during development in the definitive host. Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology.

General Research Interests

  • Hematology

Research and Clinical Interests

  • Hemoglobin based oxygen carrying solutions
  • Hematology
  • Transfusion medicine

Research Interests by Area

Other Areas of Research
  • Blood products; hemoglobin replacement