In 1996, Dr. Wilkerson received a PhD from Washington State University, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, Washington. Her undergraduate education was completed at the Missouri State University and includes a Medical Technologist certification from St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, MO. She received a DVM and MS in 1989 from University of Missouri, Columbia. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologist, 1996, with certification in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Throughout the course of her educational endeavors, Dr. Wilkerson received the following academic honors: Phi Kappa Phi, Kansas State University, Sigma and Alpha Delta chapters of Phi Zeta, , Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, (1997-2016) and St.George’s University, (2016-present).
From 2016 to the present, Dr. Wilkerson has held the position of Professor at St. George’s University, School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Pathobiology. She is currently chair of the department.
Some of Dr. Wilkerson’s previous professional experience includes Assistant Professor, (1994-1996), Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. Assistant Professor (1996-2002), Associate Professor (2003-2011), Full Professor (2012-2016), Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology at Kansas State University. Clinical Pathology Residency coordinator (2010-2014). She has trained 15 clinical pathology residents and involved as mentor or on the mentoring committee for 30 graduate students at Kansas State University. Administrative experience includes Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Student Affairs, 2007-2010, Kansas State University, Director of Clinical Immunology/Flow Cytometry Research facility (1996-2016). She is currently Adjunct Professor, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Kansas State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Wilkerson received the 2008, Outstanding women veterinarian of the year award from the Association of Women Veterinarians Foundation. She served on the Executive board of the American Society of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (2005-2010) and was President in 2008. She has served on the Editorial board of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (2002-2006).