sea lion

ZPP faculty’s expertise in marine mammal pathology has led to multiple collaborations with federal and state agencies, conservation organizations, and marine mammal centers to aid in disease investigation. Faculty members are lead pathologists for a number of marine mammal Unusual Mortality Event investigations and collaborate with partner institutions and agencies in research projects aimed at better understanding the role that diseases play in the health of marine mammal populations. Dr. Kathleen Colegrove led a multi-institutional research project in which California sea lions were identified as hosts for novel protozoal organisms that may cause disease in other marine mammals. Image courtesy of The Marine Mammal Center. Read more.

Scholarship & Research

Advancing the field of zoological and wildlife pathology through research is a priority for ZPP. ZPP research interests are wide ranging and the program has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals.  ZPP faculty are scientific advisors to and experts for a variety of national and international conservation organizations, and contribute to the field of veterinary pathology through service to the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.

Examples of Ongoing ZPP Research Projects:

  • Atoxoplasma infections in passerines
  • Nanniziiopsiaceae fungal infections in chelonians
  • Brucella sp. infections in free-ranging cetaceans.
  • Risk factors for stress & gastritis in cheetahs
  • Tuberculosis diagnostics for elephants
  • Heart disease in great apes

ZPP residents also contribute to original scholarship through their involvement in the MS program.  Selected recent resident publications:

  • Delaney MA, Terio KA, Colegrove KM, Briggs MB, Kinsel MJ. Occlusive fungal tracheitis in 4 captive bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Vet Pathol 50(1): 172-6, 2013.
  • Kagan RA, Kinsel M, Gloor K, Mylniczenko ND, Langan JN, Farina LL, Terio KA. Morphologic evidence suggestive of hypertension in Western gray kangaroos (Macropus fulginosus). Veterinary Pathology. 46: 977-984, 2009.
  • Landolfi J., Terio K.A. Transitional Cell Carcinoma in Fishing Cats (Prionailurus viverrinus): Pathology and Expression of Cyclooxygenase-1, -2, and p53. Veterinary Pathology. 43:674-681, 2006.
  • Pinkerton ME, Wellehan JF Jr, Johnson AJ, Childress AL, Fitzgerald SD, Kinsel MJ. Columbid herpesvirus-1 in two Cooper's hawks (Accipiter cooperii) with fatal inclusion body disease. J Wildl Dis 44:622-8, 2008.