Kirsten Jaegersen, DVM

PhD Student

Marine Animal Toxicology

Dr. Kirsten Jaegersen is a veterinarian from Huntsville, AL.  She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) on the island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies.  She lived on St. Kitts for almost 3 years before moving to Raleigh, NC to finish her clinical year rotations at North Carolina State University.  During veterinary school, Dr. Jaegersen was engaged in research as a microbiology lab assistant, as well as participated in clubs – where she was both president and treasurer of the student chapter of the American Society of Lab Animal Practitioners (ASLAP), which allowed her to arrange wet labs that exposed its members to the fundamentals of fish pathology with anesthesia for sample collection, as well as monkey sedation with physical exam, blood collection, and pregnancy ultrasound.  She was also founder of the RUSVM sailing club and president of her flag football team.  

After graduation, Dr. Jaegersen has worked in small animal general practice, shelter medicine, and emergency and critical care.  She especially enjoys shelter medicine, and is trained in high volume spay/neuter techniques and sits on the board of the Greater Huntsville Humane Society.  She has a passion for marine animals and has always felt compelled by the ocean.  She is a PADI Certified Open-Water Diver and dreams of diving the Galapagos one day.  She joins the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida in the fall of 2023 to pursue a PhD degree in Veterinary Medical Sciences with a focus on marine animal toxicology.  Dr. Jaegersen is particularly interested in understanding the genomic effects of red-tide exposure in the Florida manatee, and development of specific gene therapies to mitigate these effects, with the goal of improving long-term survival of rehabilitated manatees.

In her free time, Dr. Jaegersen enjoys relaxing with her family, practicing yoga, singing for her dogs, saving animals, and going on adventures.


Wu H; Jaegersen K; Robertson BK; Villafane R; Wang C. Quantitative PCR as a Diagnostic Technique in Veterinary Parasitology. In Chengming Wang et. al, Veterinary PCR Diagnostics (pp. 98-104).

Kelly PJ; Xu c; Lucas H; Loftis A; Abete J; Jaegersen K; et. al. Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis and Hepatozoonosis in Dog from St. Kitts, West Indies. PLoS ONE 2013 8(1).

Zhang J; Wei L; Kelly PJ; Freeman M; Jaegersen K; Gong J; Xu. B; Pan Z; Xu C; Wang C. Detection of Salmonella spp. Using a Generic and Differential FRET-PCR. PLoS ONE. 2013.

For more information about her research, grants, and affiliations, please contact Kirsten or visit her UF directory profile below.

Kirsten N Jaegersen

Kirsten N Jaegersen

Phone: (352) 294-4241

University of Florida


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