Amanda Fales-Williams

DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP
Morrill Professor and Chair
Tyrone D. Artz, M.D. Chair for Teaching Excellence
2764A Patterson Hall
Education & Certifications  

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Anatomic Pathology, 2001

Ph.D. and Residency in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology, Iowa State University, May 2000

DVM, University of Missouri, 1995

B.S., Zoology, Departmental honors; Minor in English, University of Kentucky, 1991



V Pth 342, Anatomic Pathology I, instructor-in-charge.  Required course for first-year veterinary students, 3 credits,  two 1-hour lectures per week and two 2-hour labs per week.

V Pth 551, Postmortem Pathology Laboratory, instructor-in-charge, 1-3 credits.

Previously instructor-in-charge:

V Pth 456, Necropsy Laboratory Practicum (senior necropsy rotation).  Responsible for 24 rotations (1 credit per rotation) for each senior class.  Includes ISU College of Veterinary Medicine senior students, ECFVG students, and Ross University students (150-160 per year).

V Pth 409, Introduction to Veterinary Cytology and Laboratory Techniques.  Required course for third-year veterinary students, 1 credit, meets once per week for 1-2 hours.

Lecturer in

V Pth 570-571 series, Systemic Pathology.  Liver/Pancreas, Skin, Endocrine

Research Focus & Interests  

Research interests are in educational assessment, peer education in medical curricula and in development of pathology diagnostics.  As a member of the Comparative Pathology Core, Dr. Fales-Williams serves as a project pathologist on a variety of studies.

Honors & Awards  

AVMA Veterinary Leadership Experience, Post Falls, Idaho, June 2012

Hooding Assistant, Commencement Ceremony, ISU CVM Classes of 2000 and 2009

Dr. William O. Reece Award for Outstanding Academic Advising, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, 2007

Selected participant, CELT Miller Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Institute, 2007

Iowa State University Foundation Award for Early Achievement in Teaching, 2005

Wakonse Fellow, Iowa State University, 2004, 2012

Teaching Excellence Award for Graduate Students, Iowa State University, December 1999

Travel Grant Recipient, 99th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, June 1999, Chicago, IL

Phi Zeta, Gamma Chapter, Iowa State University

Gamma Sigma Delta, Iowa State University

Loren D. Kintner Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, 1994 and 1995

American Royal Scholarship, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, 1994

Frank Wells Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, 1994

West Central Missouri Veterinary Medical Association Leadership Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, 1992

Mortar Board, University of Kentucky, 1991

Funkhouser Award, School of Biology, University of Kentucky, 1990

Oswald Research and Creativity Program, University of Kentucky, First Place in Biological Sciences, 1990


Iowa State University, Emerging Leaders Academy, 2014-2015 Class

Chair, Maintenance of Certification Development Committee, American College of Veterinary Pathologists


American Veterinary Medical Association

American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Diplomate

American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology

Iowa Veterinary Medical Association

Iowa Veterinary Medical Foundation Fellow

Greater Des Moines Veterinary Medical Association

International Association of Science and Medical Educators

Phi Zeta, Veterinary Honors Society; President 1999-2000; 2010-2011

Gamma Sigma Delta

American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians

International Association of Medical Science Educators

Selected Publications  

Olds JE, Burrough ER, Fales-Williams AJ, Lehmkuhl A, Madson D, Patterson AJ, Yaeger MJ. Retrospective evaluation of cases of neoplasia in a captive population of Egyptian Fruit Bats (Rousettus aegyptiacus). J Zoo Wildl Med. 2015 Jun;46(2):325-32. 

Bockenstedt MM, Fales-Williams A, Haynes JS.  Equine placental mixed germ cell tumor with metastasis to the foal.  Vet Pathol. 2015 Mar;52(2):360-3.Epub 2014 May 13.

Wong DM, Ghosh A, Fales-Williams AJ, Haynes JS, Kanthasamy AG. Evidence of oxidative injury of the spinal cord in 2 horses with equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy. Vet Pathol. 2012 Nov;49(6):1049-53.

Palic J, Parker VJ, Fales-Williams AJ, Jarvinen JA, Dubey JP. What is your diagnosis? Duodenal brush preparation from a dog. Vet Clin Pathol. 2012 Sep;41(3):431-2. Epub 2012 May 22.

Danielson JA, Wu TF, Fales-Williams AJ, Kirk RA, Preast VA. Predictors of employer satisfaction: technical and non-technical skills. J Vet Med Educ. 2012 Spring;39(1):62-70.

Sponseller BA, Sponseller BT, Alcott CJ, Kline K, Hostetter J, Reinertson EL, Fales-Williams A. Syringohydromyelia in horses: 3 cases. Can Vet J. 2011 Feb;52(2):147-52.

Dierenfeld AD, McEntee MF, Vogler CA, Vite CH, Chen AH, Passage M, Le S, Shah S, Jens JK, Snella EM, Kline KL, Parkes JD, Ware WA, Moran LE, Fales-Williams AJ, Wengert JA, Whitley RD, Betts DM, Boal AM, Riedesel EA, Gross W, Ellinwood NM, Dickson PI. Replacing the enzyme alpha-L-iduronidase at birth ameliorates symptoms in the brain and periphery of dogs with mucopolysaccharidosis type I. Sci Transl Med. 2010 Dec 1;2(60):60ra89.

Danielson J, Fales-Williams A, Bender H, Sorden S, Myers R. Peer Assessment of a Senior Year Capstone Experience for Formative Evaluation of a Pathology Curriculum. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. J Vet Med Educ. 35(3): 466-474, 2008

Fales-Williams A, Sponseller B, Flaherty H. Idiopathic arterial medial calcification of the thoracic arteries in an adult horse. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. J Vet Diagn Invest 20:692-697, 2008

Fales-Williams A, Danielson J, Myers R, Sorden S, Bender H. “The Case Correlation Assignment: Connecting Antemortem and Postmortem Data in the Senior Year at Iowa State University.” Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, 34(2): 183-193, 2007

Wong, DM, Sponseller BT, Brockus CB, Fales-Williams A. “Neurologic deficits associated with severe hyponatremia in two foals.” Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. P. 1-11, 2007

Johnson CS, Fales-Williams AJ, Reimer BS, Lotsikas PJ, Haynes JS. “Fibrosing gastrointestinal leiomyositis as a cause of chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction in an 8-month-old dog.” Veterinary Pathology, 44:106-109, 2007

Morrison JA, Fales-Williams A. “Hypernatremia associated with intracranial B-cell lymphoma in a cat.” Veterinary Clinical Pathology, 35 (3): 362-365, September 2006

Fales-Williams, A. “A True Group Effort” Teaching and Learning Moments feature, Academic Medicine, 81 (5): 462, May 2006

Vandervoort JM, Nieves M, Fales-Williams A, Carter M, Tams, Evans R, Mason D. An investigation of misoprostol in the promotion of wound healing and wound strength. Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: VCOT, 19(4): 191-5. 2006

Meyerholz DK, Vanloubbeeck YF, Hostetter SJ, Jordan DM, Fales-Williams AJ: Surveillance of amyloidosis and other diseases at necropsy in captive trumpeter swans (Cygnus buccinator). Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 17: 295-298. May 2005

Fales-Williams, A., Kramer, T., Heer, R., Danielson, J. “A Quiz Becomes a Multidirectional Dialogue with Web-based Instructional Tools.” Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. 32(1): 143-148. 2005

Fales-Williams, AJ., Guest Editor. Basics and Advances in Surgical Pathology. Advances in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. 17(2): 1-3. February 2004

Sponseller BT, Valberg SJ, Ward TL, Fales-Williams AJ, Mickelson JR. Muscular weakness and recumbency in a Quarter Horse colt due to glycogen branching enzyme deficiency. Equine Veterinary Education; 15(4): 182-188, 2003

Fales-Williams AJ, Brogden KA, Huffman E, Gallup JM, Ackermann MR. Cellular distribution of anionic antimicrobial peptide in normal lung and during acute pulmonary inflammation. Veterinary Pathology 39: 706-711, 2002

Fales-Williams AJ, Gallup JM, Ramírez-Romero R, Brogden KA, Ackermann MR. Increased anionic peptide immunoreactivity distribution and intensity during the progression and resolution of bacterial pneumonia. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology. 9(1): 28-32, 2002