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Dr. Delaney became interested in pathology early on in her veterinary training with a special interest in diseases of terrestrial and aquatic wildlife species.  During her fourth year of veterinary school, she completed externships at various zoos, wildlife and marine mammal rehabilitation centers, and a large dairy vet practice, where she realized her appreciation of herd health and population medicine. 

Following an internship in Agricultural Animal Medicine and Surgery at Washington State University, she completed a residency in anatomic pathology at the Zoological Pathology Program, University of Illinois.  There she provided diagnostic pathology services to Brookfield Zoo (Chicago Zoological Society), John G. Shedd Aquarium, and Lincoln Park Zoo, in addition to Cook County wildlife surveillance projects and the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.  martha-AK-starfish-sketch

Dr. Delaney completed ACVP boards and received a M.S. in 2013, after which she started a Ph.D. in Pathology at the University of Washington School of Medicine with a research focus on the zoonotic disease, Q fever.  During her PhD, she also held worked as a Senior Pathologist for the Department of Comparative Medicine where she performed both diagnostic and comparative pathology services for several research groups and taught laboratory animal medicine residents. 

From this diverse training, she has pathology experience with a wide variety of species, including fish, herptiles, birds, companion animals, livestock, laboratory animals, and both free-ranging and captive wildlife.  Her special areas of interest are infectious diseases, specifically zoonoses, marine mammal pathology, and the One Health Initiative. She is enjoying life in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Devin, their daughters Phoebe and Fern, their dog Copper, 9 chickens, and an old snake named Barry. 


  • DVM – 2008, Tufts University
  • Internship, Agricultural Animal Medicine & Surgery – 2009, Washington State University
  • Residency, Zoological & Wildlife (Anatomic) Pathology – 2012, University of Illinois
  • MS – 2013, University of Illinois
  • PhD –  2017, University of Washington


  • Diplomate American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Anatomic Pathology – 2013