Cody Alcott

Veterinary medicine has been my passion since childhood and was solidified at my first job as a veterinary technician at age 16. The ultimate joy of helping people through the care of their pets was a calling. I am a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona and Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine (2004). Practicing small animal and equine practice at Grantline Veterinary Hospital in Sacramento California sparked a passion for service and an interest in specialty veterinary medicine. An invitation for an equine internal medicine residency was pursued at Iowa State University (2009) along with an adjunct professor position within the teaching hospital. Clinical research and a growing interest in neurology drove a residency in veterinary neurology (2014). A transition back to private practice in 2014 resulted in my arrival in Tucson with the penultimate goal of practice ownership in 2020.

I live in Tucson with my wife, Portia Alcott, who is also a practicing veterinarian in Tucson. We have been blessed with 3 beautiful children that keep everyday interesting with active involvement in dance, soccer and baseball. Our two dogs (Louie and Rosie), horses (Bud and Dolly) and a hamster (Buddy) remind us of why we enjoy veterinary medicine.


Cerebrospinal fluid markers of Coccidioidomycosis in dogs. Butkiewicz C, Alcott C, Shubitz L. In progress. 

Use of an extended durotomy in dogs with absent deep pain perception following intervertebral disc herniation. Jeffery N (primary investigator, Texas A&M University), Alcott C (collaborator), published 2020. 

Transcranial Magnetic Motor-evoked Potentials in CVSM (Wobbler) Horses. Alcott C (Primary Investigator), Jeffery N, Wong D, Sponseller B, Reed S. Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, 2012. 

The use of ketamine and lidocaine continuous rate infusions to attenuate endotoxemia in the horse, abstract presented at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Annual Forum 2010. Alcott C (Primary Investigator), Sponseller B, Wong D. ACVIM Foundation – Resident Grant, January 2009. Iowa State University Veterinary Medical Center, Ames, Iowa. 

Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy in Horses. Wong D, Sponseller BA, Alcott C, Witty D Veterinary Clinical Sciences Seed Grant Fund, 2011. 

The use of Polymixin B in healthy foals with experimental endotoxemia. Wong D, Sponseller BA, Alcott C. Veterinary Clinical Sciences Grant Fund, 2011. 

Effects of regional hyperbaric oxygen therapy on wound healing dynamics in the equine distal limb. Tracey A, Alcott C. November, 2010. 

Adrenocorticotropic hormone stimulation tests in healthy foals from birth to 12 weeks of age, co-investigator, April 2007. Iowa State University Veterinary Medical Center, Ames, Iowa. 

Baseline plasma cortisol and ACTH concentrations and response to low-dose ACTH stimulation testing in ill foals, co-investigator, April 2007. Iowa State University Veterinary Medical Center, Ames, Iowa. 

Merck/Merial Summer Scholarship, Johne’s disease research. Hostetter J, Department of Veterinary Pathology, Iowa State University, 2002. Abstract/Poster presentation Merck/Merial Summer Scholar Symposium, Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, West LaFayette, Indiana, 2002. 


Gambino J, Beasley M, Heibert E, Jeffery N, Alcott C, Lafoon B. Verminous myelopathy secondary to aberrant Dirofilaria immitis migrans was detected in the cervical subarachnoid space of 4 dogs using MRI and CTVet Rad Ultrasound. Submitted August 2020. 

Hepworth-Warren K, Wong DM, Ruby R, Alcott C. What is your Neurologic Diagnosis? Vertebral hemangiosarcoma in a horse. J Am Vet Med Assoc. July, 2020.  

Jeffery ND, Mankin JM, Alcott CJ, Ito D, Boudreau E, Kerwin S, Krasnow M, Andruzzi M, Granger N. Extended durotomy as treatment for severe spinal cord injury following acute thoracolumbar disc herniation in dogsVet Surg. April 2020. 

Davidson AP, Shubitz LF, Alcott CJ, Sykes JE. Selected Clinical Features of Coccidioidomycosis in Dogs. Med Mycol. 2019 Feb 1;57(Supplement_1):S67-S75. 

Meren IL, Chavera JA, Alcott CJ, Barker AK, Jeffery ND. Shunt tube placement for amelioration of cerebrospinal fluid flow obstruction caused by spinal cord subarachnoid fibrosis in dogs.Vet Surg. 2017 Feb;46(2):289-296. 

Jeffery ND, Barker AK, Alcott CJ, Levine JM, Meren I, Wengert J, Jergens AE, Suchodolski JS. The Association of Specific Constituents of the Fecal Microbiota with Immune-Mediated Brain Disease in Dogs. PLoS One. 2017 Jan 26;12(1). 

Sponseller BA, Clark SK, Gilbertie J, Wong DM, Hepworth K, Wiechert S, Chandramani P, Sponseller BT, Alcott CJ, Bellaire B, Petersen AC, Jones DE. Macrophage effector responses of horses are influenced by expression of CD154. Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2016 Nov 1;180:40-44. 

Jeffery ND, Barker AK, Hu HZ, Alcott CJ, Kraus KH, Scanlin EM, Granger N, Levine JM. Factors associated with recovery from paraplegia in dogs with loss of pain perception in the pelvic limbs following intervertebral disk herniation. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2016 Feb 15;248(4):386-94. 

Wong DM, Gilmour L, Alcott C, Yaeger M, Wiechert S. What Is Your Diagnosis? Osteochondrotic lesions. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2016 Jan 1;248(1):55-7. 

Wong DM, Alcott CJ, Davis JL, Hepworth KL, Wulf L, Coetzee JH. Use of alprazolam to facilitate mare-foal bonding in an aggressive postparturient mare. J Vet Intern Med. 2015 Jan;29(1):414-6. 

Wong DM, Davis JL, Alcott CJ, Hepworth-Warren KL, Galow-Kersh NL, Rice S, Coetzee JF. Pharmacokinetics and physiologic effects of alprazolam after a single oral dose in healthy mares. J Vet Pharmacol Ther. 2015 Jun;38(3):301-4. 

Alcott CJ, Howard J, Wong D, Haynes J. Fibrinous Pericarditis and Cardiac Tamponade in a 3-week old Pony FoalEquine Vet Educ, 2013, 25(7) 328-333. 

Alcott C, Sponseller B, Wong D, Davis J, Soliman A, Wang C, Hsu W.  Clinical and Immunomodulating Effects of Ketamine in Horses with Experimental Endotoxemia.  J Vet Intern Med, 2011; 25(4):934-943. 

Alcott C, Wong D, Sponseller BA. Attenuation of endotoxemia in horses with a ketamine continuous rate infusionJ Vet Intern Med (research abstract), 2010; 24(3):709-709. 

Alcott C, Wong D. Anaphylaxis and systemic inflammatory response syndrome induced by inadvertent intravenous administration of mare’s milk in a neonatal foal.  J Vet Emerg Crit Care, 20(6):616-622. 

Alcott C, Wong D, Brockus C, Sponseller B. Review of Hemostasis in the HorseCompendium Equine, 2009; 4(2): 78-89. 

Hepworth K, Alcott CTreatment and resolution of zilpaterol hydrochloride toxicity in a Quarter Horse gelding. Eq Vet Ed 2014; 26(2):81-85. 

Wong DM, Sponseller BA, Alcott CJ, Agbedanu P, Wang C, Hsu WH.  Effects of Intravenous Polymyxin B in Neonatal Foals with Experimental Endotoxemia.  J Am Vet Med Assoc 2013;243:874-881. 

Hepworth K, Wong D, Sponseller BA, Alcott C, Sponseller BS, Ben-Shlomo G, Whitley R. Survival of an adult Quarter Horse gelding following bacterial meningitis caused by Escherichia coli. Eq Vet Ed, published online January 2013. 

Williams J, Riedesel E, Jeffery N, Alcott CWhat is your diagnosis? Subdural Empyema in a German Shepherd Dog. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2014 Jul 15;245(2):175-7. 

Wong DM, Witty D, Alcott CJ, Sponseller BA, Wang C, Hepworth K.  Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy in Horses.  (2013) J Vet Intern Med;27:308-316. 

Tracey AK, Alcott CJ, Schleining JA, Safayi S, Zaback PC, Hostetter JM, Reinertson EL. The effects of topical oxygen therapy on equine distal limb dermal wound healing. Can Vet J. 2014 Dec;55(12):1146-52. 

Wong DM, Alcott CJ, Clark SK, Jones DE, Fisher PG, Sponseller BA. Alloimmune neonatal neutropenia in a Thoroughbred coltJ Vet Diagn Invest, 2011 Oct 6;1-8. 

Wong DM, Alcott CJ, Wang C, Bornkamp JL, Young JL, Sponseller BA. Agreement between partial pressure of carbon dioxide and saturation of hemoglobin with oxygen values obtained by direct arterial blood measurements versus noninvasive methods in conscious healthy and ill foalsJ Am Vet Med Assoc, 2011 Nov 15;239(10):1341-7. 

Sponseller BA, Sponseller BT, Alcott CJ, Kline K, Hostetter J, Reinertson EL, Fales-Williams A. Syringohydromyelia in horses:  3 casesCan Vet J 2011; 52:147–152. 

Wong DM, Gross W, Madron M, Alcott CJWhat is your diagnosis? Palatal cystJ Am Vet Med Assoc, 2011 Jan 15;238(2):157-8. 

Wong DM, Alcott CJ, Wang C, Hay-Kraus B, Buchanan BR, Brockus CW. Physiologic effects of nasopharyngeal administration of supplemental oxygen at various flow rates in healthy neonatal foalsAm J Vet Res, 2010;71(9):1081-1088. 

Wong D, Brockus C, Alcott C, Sponseller B. Modification of the Coagulation Cascade: Medications Available to the Equine ClinicianCompendium Equine 2009; 4(5):224-236. 

Wong, David; Alcott, Cody; Sponseller, Brett; Young, Jessica; Sponseller, Beatrice. Impaired Intestinal Absorption of Glucose in 4 Foals with Lawsonia intracellularis InfectionJ Vet Intern Med 2009; 23(4):940-944. 

Wong DM, Vo DT, Alcott CJ, Stewart AJ, Peterson AD, Sponseller BA, Hsu WH. Adrenocorticotropic hormone stimulation tests in healthy foals from birth to 12 weeks of age.  Can J Vet Res 2009; 73(1):65-72. 

Wong DM, Vo DT, Alcott CJ, Peterson AD, Sponseller BA, Hsu WH. Baseline plasma cortisol and ACTH concentrations and response to low-dose ACTH stimulation testing in ill foalsJ Am Vet Med Assoc 2009; 234(1):126-132.  

Wong D, Vo D, Alcott C, Peterson A, Brockus C, Hsu W. Plasma Vasopressin Concentrations in Healthy Foals from Birth to 3 Months of AgeJ Vet Intern Med 2008;22(6):1259-1261. 

Wong D, Belgrave L, Williams K, Piero F, Alcott C, Bolin S, Marr C, Nolen-Walston R, Meyers R, Wilkins P. Multinodular pulmonary fibrosis in five horsesJ Am Vet Med Assoc 2008; 232:898-905. 


Seizure Management: Status Epilepticus and Epilepsy. Novel methods for addressing status epilepticus; cannabidiol use; when to start long-term antiepileptic drugs; therapeutic blood monitoring; multimodal antiepileptic protocols; antiepileptic drug interactions and adverse reactions. Southern Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, August 2019. 

CNS Coccidioidomycosis: Clinical presentation, advanced imaging and treatment. ACVIM Annual Forum, Phoenix 2019. 

CNS Coccidioidomycosis in Dogs. International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Disease Annual Meeting, Portland OR, August 2018. 

CNS Coccidioidomycosis. Coccidioides Study Group Annual Meeting, Stanford University, August 2017. 

Electrodiagnostics Review. ACVIM Annual Forum June 2017. 

CNS Infectious Disease: Valley Fever. Southern Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, April, 2017. 

Neuroimaging of CNS Infectious Disease. Esaote Neuroimaging Conference, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, November 2017. 

The Neurologic Examination: Review. Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson. October 2017. 

Epilepsy: What’s new and what works. Southern Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, March 2015. 

IVDD and things that look like. Southern Arizona Veterinary Medical Association, April 2014. 

The Neurologic Examination, Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis, Equine Cervical Vertebral Stenotic Myelopathy. Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association Annual meeting, January 2013. 

Equine Neurology. Iowa Veterinary Medical Association Annual Meeting, September 2012. 

Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis. Equine Health Symposium, Iowa State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ames, IA, 2011. 

Attenuation of Endotoxemia in Horses with a Ketamine Continuous Rate Infusion.  American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Annual Forum.  Research Abstract, Anaheim, CA, 2010. 

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