The Department of Pathology & Microbiology is one of 4 departments of the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island. The Department of Pathology & Microbiology teaches various courses for the DVM and graduate programs: Bacteriology, Fish Health, Immunology, Virology, Anatomic, Pathology, Clinical Pathology, and Parasitology. In addition to its Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program, UPEI offers Master of Science, Master of Veterinary Science and Doctoral programs within the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. Graduate students may focus on one of several aspects of animal health, including: basic and applied biomedical research, fish and animal health research, clinical research on specific diseases and control procedures, environmental health and animal welfare. The Masters or Ph.D. programs may be combined with a clinical residency program for qualified veterinarians.
Teaching and research activities in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology are focused on diseases, health issues and pathogens affecting a variety of domestic animals, fish and wildlife. In addition, faculty and staff provide diagnostic services to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and to veterinarians and producers in Atlantic Canada and beyond.
The College's modern facilities have many unique features which have contributed to AVC's success. Housed under the same roof are state-of-the-art laboratories, high-tech classrooms, diagnostic services and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital with clinics for small and large animals. The College's aquatic animal facilities support extensive research and service in aquaculture and fish health. AVC is the best known among veterinary colleges for its expertise in this area. World class research centres such as the Lobster Science Centre, the Animal Welfare Centre and the Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences make the College a place of dynamic and varied research.
The interests of the Department encompass diverse aspects of the health and diseases of a variety of aquatic, domestic and sylvatic species. To promote animal health, the Department seeks partnerships with other Departments of the University of Prince Edward Island, the agriculture, aquaculture and fishery industries, other universities, the veterinary profession and all levels of government.
Research facilities also include:
- Canadian Aquaculture Institute
- PEI Health Research Institute
List of Faculty
James Bellamy – Health informatics; Computational Decision Systems; Quality Assurance; Clinical Pathology
Frank Berthe - Aquatic animal health; Mollusc diseases
Shelley Burton - Test validation; Diagnostic endocrinology
Rick Cawthorn - Parasitology
Arnost Cepica – Viral diseases of food producing and companion animals; Immunity and pathogenesis of viral infections of animals; Diagnosis of viral infections; Antibody induced conformational change of viral proteins and its impact on immunity
Gary Conboy - Parasitology (Helminthology)
Pierre-Yves Daoust - Wildlife health surveillance (mammals and birds, with emphasis on the marine habitat)
Les Gabor - Hematopoeitic diseases of cats; Diagnostic diseases of production animals; Surgical biopsies