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In Memory

Dr. Ronna Fulton

February 28, 2012

Dr. Ronna Fulton, 51, died peacefully at home in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday, February 22, after a battle of more than 6 years with metastatic breast cancer.

Ronna was born on July 14, 1960, in Fort Collins to Betty Folsom and Hugh Thompson Fulton. She attended Cape Girardeau, Missouri Central High School (Class of 1978) and completed her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and Biochemistry from the University of Missouri in 1982. She then went on to get her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from University of Missouri in 1985. She was awarded her Ph.D. in Veterinary Pathology in 1991 from Colorado State University, and became a Diplomate (Clinical Veterinary Pathology) of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 1993.

Ronna worked as veterinarian for the Terra Veterinary Clinic in Lebanon, Missouri, between 1985 and 1986. She was a clinical pathology resident at the University of Florida, Gainesville, between 1986 and 1987 and at Colorado State University between 1987 and 1991.

After obtaining her Ph.D., she taught clinical pathology at Colorado State University and went on to two post-doctoral positions. The first position was a Pulmonary Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, Colorado, and the second position was a Veterinary Clinical Pathology Consultant at Colorado Animal Research Enterprises in Fort Collins. In 1996, Ronna accepted a position as the manager of Clinical Pathology at Southern Research Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. She went on to become staff senior clinical pathologist in 2002. In 2007, she formed her own company, Fulton Veterinary Clinical Pathology Consulting, LLC.

Ronna loved to read and to travel. She loved the outdoors, whether that was the beach, the mountains,or watching a sunrise or a sunset. She loved Native American history, art, and architecture. Ronna was a smart, practical, loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Her courage and sheer determination to live as long as possible will never be forgotten. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Ronna is survived by her husband, James Nietfeld; her children, Wesley (b. 1994) and Collin (b. 1997); her mother, Betty Folsom Fulton; and her sister, Anne Fulton McIntyre.

The memorial service for Dr. Ronna Fulton was at Asbury United Methodist Church, 6690 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham, AL, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 27.

In lieu of flowers, Ronna asked that donations be made to St. Vincent's – Bruno Cancer Center ( in Birmingham, Alabama.

Contact: Kathi Nietfeld
Phone: 970-491-7018