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Joseph W. Bartges - BS, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM, DACVN

Dr. Joseph Bartges

Professor, Medicine & Nutrition
The Acree Chair of Small Animal Research
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Tennessee
C247 Veterinary Medical Center
2407 River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865.974.8387
FAX: 865.974.5554



  • B.S., Marshall University, 1983
  • D.V.M. University of Georgia, 1987
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1993


  • Internship in small animal medicine and surgery - University of Minnesota
  • Residencies in small animal internal medicine and nutrition - University of Minnesota


My teaching interests include training of veterinary students, graduate students, interns, and residents, promoting active learning in the classroom and clinics, and continuing education of veterinarians, veterinary nurses, and the general public.

Clinical Interests

My clinical interests are in internal medicine with emphasis on urology and nephrology. I am also interested in clinical nutrition with emphasis on the role of nutrition in the management of diseases.

Research Interests

My research interests include: urinary tract disease particularly urolithiasi, urinary tract infections, kidney failure and idiopathic lower urinary tract disease in cats, the role of nutrition in prevention of disease, diseases of the urinary system with special emphasis on development and evaluation of models of disease, and nutrition and metabolism with emphasis on obesity, hepatic lipidosis, and disorders of lipid metabolism.