Research

Research

Diagnostic testing for invasive aspergillosis

Invasive aspergillosis is a devastating disease of avian species with both acute and chronic forms. Antemortem diagnostic testing is very problematic. To date, we have implemented and validated a panel of serodiagnostic testing including antibody, galactomannan, and protein electrophoresis. Work is ongoing to study the application of other diagnostic tests and to modify existing tests to improve sensitivity.

Application of acute phase protein testing in the veterinary clinical practice

Considerable publications have demonstrated the utility of major acute phase proteins in animal species. Both diagnostic and prognostic value has been indicated. We are actively collaborating with veterinary specialist practices, zoological institutions, and aquaria to extend these findings in a clinical practice environment.

Improved testing for Encephalitozoon cuniculi in rabbits

To date, this infectious agent and the related disease process has defied the implementation of traditional diagnostic testing. The Avian & Wildlife Laboratory has led the development of current serological tools and validated the use of C-reactive protein. Studies are underway to determine other useful biomarkers in the diagnosis and prognosis of this disease.