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Olgica Ceric DVM, PhD.

Olgica Ceric, DVM, PhD
Olgica Ceric DVM, PhD.

Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (Vet-LIRN)


Dr. Olgica Ceric is a veterinary medical officer with Vet-LIRN at the Office of Research in FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Department of Food Hygiene and Technology in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade (Serbia) in 1996. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Belgrade in 2001 and 2006, respectively. From 1996 to 2006, she worked at the Veterinary Specialists Institute as an associate, both in the food laboratory (four years) and the serology laboratory (six years). From 2004 to 2006, she was tasked with the establishment and implementation of an ISO 9001:2008 management system and ISO/IEC 17025 laboratory accreditation. Her master’s thesis research interests related to sensory analyses of chicken meat. Her doctoral research focused on the determination of factors significant for the presence of arsenic and heavy metals in snail tissues. Dr. Ceric joined Vet-LIRN in 2011 as a Commissioner’s Fellow to investigate the etiology of jerky pet treat-related illness in dogs. This led to her current position in Vet-LIRN, where she primarily investigates cases related to potential problems with FDA/CVM-regulated products (i.e., animal treats, foods, and drugs).


Vet-LIRN is FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) special program, established in 2011. Vet-LIRN coordinates facilities, equipment, and professional expertise of government and non-government veterinary diagnostic laboratories across the country and Canada to respond to high-priority chemical and microbial feed/drug contamination events.

The network provides the means for a rapid response to reports of an animal injury and establishes protocols to facilitate veterinary diagnostic reporting to FDA. When conducting investigations, Vet-LIRN follows specific Network Procedures for Laboratories, Owners, and Veterinarians. Dr. Ceric works with laboratories, referring veterinarians, and pet owners to investigate cases of potential foodborne illness in pets.

Dr. Ceric is interested in the development of new techniques for evaluating potential toxicants in animal food and treats. Dr. Ceric’s most recent interest involves development and validation of testing methods for food irradiation-specific markers in animal feeds and treats.

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Nishshanka U., Jayasuriya, H., Chattopadhaya, C., Kijak, P.J., Chu, P.S., Reimschuessel, R., Tkachenko, A., Ceric, O., De Alwis H.G. (2016) Screening for toxic phorbol esters in jerky pet treat products using LC-MS. J Chromatogr B. 1020:90–5.

Turnipseed, S.B., Storey, J.M., Andersen, W.C., Filigenzi, M.S., Heise, A.S., Lohne, J.J., Madson, M.R., Ceric, O., Reimschuessel, R. (2015) Determination and confirmation of the antiviral drug amantadine and its analogues in chicken jerky pet treats. 2015. J Agric Food Chem. 63(31):6968–78.

Sprando, R.L., Olejnik, N., Keltner, Z., Stine, C., Guag, J., Evans, E., Reimschuessel, R., Ceric, O., Nemser, S., Mossoba, M., Vohra, S., Toomer, H., Sprando, J., Topping, V., Belgrave, K., DePina, A., Black, T. (2014) Acute renal toxicity induced by oral exposure to diglycolic acid [Poster]. 4th Annual FDA Foods Program Science and Research Conference. White Oak, MD, July 28–29.

Stine C.B., Reimschuessel, R., Keltner, Z., Nochetto, C.B., Black, T., Olejnik, N., Scott, M., Bandele, O., Nemser, S.M., Tkachenko, A., Evans, E.R., Crosby, T.C., Ceric, O., Ferguson, M., Yakes, B.J., Sprando, R. (2014) Reproductive toxicity in rats with crystal nephropathy following high doses of oral melamine or cyanuric acid. Food Chem Toxicol. 68:142–53.

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Olgica Ceric
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