Ophthalmology Faculty Veterinarians
Elizabeth A. Giuliano, DVM, MS, DACVO, received a bachelor of science degree with honors from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1991 and her DVM degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996. Following graduation from veterinary school, she completed a small animal rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 1997 and remained in private practice in midtown Manhattan the following year. In 1998, she returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to complete a Comparative Ocular Pathology Fellowship. Since July 1, 1999, she has been a member of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri where she completed a residency in veterinary ophthalmology and a master of science degree. She is a tenured professor in the MU Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and section chief for the Comparative Ophthalmology Service. She has authored more than 100 articles and textbook chapters. Dr. Giuliano is a dynamic, engaging speaker and has lectured extensively in the academic setting and at national and international meetings. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including three Golden Aesculapius Teaching Awards, the Gold Chalk Award, the Dadd Award, and was Western Veterinary Conference’s “Educator of the Year” (2018). In 2023, Dr. Elizabeth Giuliano received the 2023 Jordan Hoyt Memorial Tribute to Women award for faculty. Awardees are selected annually for their work above and beyond expectations to create an equitable, fair, and just environment for women on campus; their demonstrated respect for the diversity of women’s experiences; and their promotion of the advancement of women through education, advocacy, support, and activism.
Since becoming an American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists diplomate in 2002, Dr. Giuliano has demonstrated sustained devotion to her profession through volunteer work. This includes serving on the following ACVO standing, ad-hoc, and associated committees: Residency Committee (2002-2006), Resident Forum Committee co-chair (2003 and 2006), ACVO Nominating Committee (2008 and 2017), Job Task Analysis Task Force (2008), resident presentation judge at annual conference (2008 and 2009), Governance Committee (2009–2011), Maintenance of Certification Committee (2007-2012), Vision for Animal Foundation Grants Committee (Member 2007-2009; co-chair 2010–2012), William Magrane Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology Steering Committee (2011-2017), and the ABVO Examination Committee (2019- 2022). In 2011, she was elected to the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Board of Regents (2011-2016) and served as the ACVO president from 2015-2016.
Juri Ota-Kuroki, DVM, MS, DACVO
Juri Ota-Kuroki, DVM, MS, DACVO, received her DVM degree from Azabu University School of Veterinary Medicine in Japan. Following graduation from veterinary school, she practiced at a private clinic for five years and then completed an internship and ophthalmology residency training at the University of Missouri. During that time, she earned a Master of Veterinary Clinical Science Degree. After becoming board certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2008, she practiced as an ophthalmologist at a specialty clinic in Saint Louis, Missouri, for 15 years before returning to MU to join the faculty in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. She enjoys all aspects of clinical ophthalmology, particularly ophthalmic microsurgery and training students and residents. She also has been participating in studies at the neurodegenerative diseases research laboratory at MU, which is dedicated to discovering the causes of and developing treatments for diseases that involve degenerative changes of the nervous system including the retina. When she isn’t working, she enjoys various outdoor activities with her husband who is a board-certified PhD veterinary pathologist at the MU Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, her son and her two dogs.