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I am a Diplomate of the ACVP and so am a boarded veterinary pathologist. This means I have a good knowledge of the pathogenesis and diagnosis of a wide variety of endemic and exotic animal diseases. I have approximately 15 years' experience as a diagnostic pathologist and have worked as a diagnostic pathologist in both New Zealand and in the United States of America. Using my pathology background, I have previously collaborated with studies examining tissues from a variety of animal species including mice, rats, rabbits, sheep, and horses. Currently, my main research interests are the diagnosis and prognostic markers for neoplasia in companion animals and the role of infectious agents in the development of cancer in domestic species. I recently wrote a chapter in the premier textbook in veterinary cancer pathology and have a broad knowledge of the diagnostic techniques and prognostic markers available both in veterinary medicine as well as for some cancers of people. My interest in infectious diseases has resulted in me establishing an association between papillomavirus infection and skin cancer in cats and much of my current research is further validating that relationship and developing clinical applications for this knowledge. During this time I have developed skills in molecular biology and I was the first to fully sequence and classify two papillomaviruses from domestic cats. I was also the first to prove that the papillomavirus that causes feline sarcoids has a bovine definitive host. Overall, I have authored 84 peer-reviewed manuscripts and currently have a group of 3 PhD students for which I am the chief supervisor.
I am a veterinary pathologist who is boarded by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. As such I have a good knowledge of a wide range of diseases of animal species. I have 15 years' experience in the diagnosis of animal diseases, both in New Zealand as well as in the United States of America. I am a recognised expert of cancer biology and pathology and have publised book chapters on both subjects. My other research focus is investigating a role of infectious agents in the development of cancer in animals.
The role of infectious agents in the development of cancer.
The role of papillomaviruses in the development of diseases of animals.
The role of genetic factors in the development of cancer in companion animals.
The classification of cancer of domestic animals.
The identification of prognostic factors for predicting the behaviour of cancers of domestic animals.
Diseases of the skin of domestic animals.
Diseases of the cardiovascular system of domestic animals.
Genetic diseases of cats.
Collaborative research developing and using histological scoring schemes to classify lesions in animal models of human disease.
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Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Veterinary Diagnosis and Diagnostics (070703): Veterinary Immunology (070705): Veterinary Medicine (070706): Veterinary Pathology (070709): Veterinary Sciences (070700): Veterinary Virology (070712)
Project Title: Does a papillomaviral etiology influence the biological behaviour and prognosis of feline nasal skin cancer
Date Range: 2012 - 2012
Funding Body: Massey University
Project Title: Papillomaviruses, p16, and skin cancer in cats
Date Range: 2010 - 2011
Funding Body: Massey University
I teach into the final year necropsy rotation as well as the third year veterinary pathology course. In the third year course the sections that I teach include oncology in general pathology and the skin, endocrine, cardiovascular, and respiratory systems in systemic pathology.