Personnel

Faculty
 
Stephen A. Smith, DVM, PhD - Director and coordinator of the VMRCVM Aquatic Medicine Program; Veterinarian, Aquatic Diagnostician, Immunoparasitologist

Thomas Caceci, PhD - Histologist and Electron Microscopist

John Robertson, DVM, PhD - Veterinary Pathologist

Theresa Hrubec, DVM, PhD - Immunotoxicologist and Veterinary Hematologist


Staff
 
Mary E. Mainous, MS – Laboratory Specialist III


Graduate and Veterinary Students
 
Toby L. Lowry, DVM – PhD graduate student

Michael W. Nolan, BS – dual degree DVM/PhD graduate student

John Machen, BS – MS graduate student

Jeff Wolf, DVM - PhD graduate student


Former Graduate Students
 
Kathleen Hughes, DVM, PhD (2003). Dissertation title: Pharmacokinetics and Tissue Residue Analysis of Oxytetracycline in Summer Flounder (Paralichthys dentatus) Maintained at Different Production Salinities and Health Status. Present position – Veterinary Medicine Officer, Aquatic Epidemiologist, APHIS-USDA, Ruskin, FL

David Pasnik, DVM, MS (2003). Thesis title: Immunologic and Protective Effects of Vaccines for Mycobacterium marinum in Morone sp. Present position – Research scientist, USDA/ARS, Chestertown, Md

Brent Bowden, MS (2002). Thesis title: Pharmacokinetic Profiles of Oxytetracycline in Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens) as Determined by Plasma Concentration Following Different Routes of Administration. Present position – Research Scientist, NIH, Bethesda, MD

Amoranchai Somjetlertcharoen, PhD (2001). Dissertation title: Evaluation of ceftiofur sodium as a chemotherapeutic agent in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). Present position – Fish health researcher, Aquatic Animal Health Research Institute, Kasetsart University Campus, Paholyothin Rd., Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900, Thailand

Bundit Tengjaroenkul, DVM, PhD (2000, Major advisor – B. Smith). Dissertation title: Ontogenic Development of the Intestinal Enzymes in Oreochromis niloticus. Present position – Anatomist, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, 40002, Thailand

Somboon Sangmaneedet, DVM, PhD (1999). Dissertation title: Spironucleus vortens of the freshwater angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare): Growth requirements, chemotherapeu-tics, pathogenesis and immunity. Present position – Department Head of Pathobiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, 40002, Thailand

Dorinda Smith, MS (1998, Major advisor S. Holladay). Thesis title: The development and application of a hemolytic plaque forming cell assay (PFC) and a cytotoxic T-lymphocyte assay (CTL) in tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) for immunotoxicity risk assessment of environmental contaminants. Present position – Laboratory technician, Private Contract Laboratory, VA

Chris Densmore, DVM, PhD (1997). Dissertation title: Bacterial Kidney Disease and the Salmonid Immune Response. Present position – Fish Health Biologist, U.S. Geological Service, Leetown, WV

Laura Hart, MS (1996, Major advisor S. Holladay). Thesis title: Subacute immunotoxic effects of the environmental contaminants 7.12 dimethylbenzanthracene (DMBA), hexachlorocyclohexane (lindane), and 2,3,7,8-tetrachlordibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) on spleen and pronephros cellularity and morphology and functional activity of macrophages contained in these hematopoietic organs in the cichlid fish tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). Present position – Research Associate, Covance, Inc., VA

Terry Hrubec, DVM, PhD (1994, Major advisor J. Robertson). Dissertation title: The effects of temperature, water quality and culture conditions on the immunology, hematology and blood chemistry of hybrid striped bass. Present position – Assistant Professor, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, VA


Former Veterinary Students
 
Susan Knowles, BS - Project: Hematology and blood chemistry reference intervals for cultured shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum). Present position - Aquatic pathology resident, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Rebecca Greene, BS - Project: Toxicological and pathological evaluation of fathead minnows exposed to MTBE. Present position - DVM student, VMRCVM, Blacksburg, VA.

Jonathan Augusto, DVM – Project: Gentamicin-induced nephrotoxicity and nephroneogenesis in Oreochromis nilotica. Present position – Private practice, Maryland.

Jennifer Cardinale-Haughland, DVM – Project: Hematology and blood chemistry in cultured tilapia. Present position – Veterinary Pathology Diagnostician, North Carolina Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Raleigh, NC.

Ruth Barratt, DVM, PhD – Project: Comparative immunology of the horseshoe crab, Limulus polyphemus. Present position – Veterinary Medicine Officer, Toxicology Team, Division of Human Food Safety, FDA/CVM Rockville, MD.

Donald Prater, DVM – Project: Pharmacokenetics of ceftiofur sodium in tilapia. Present position – Leader, Aquaculture Drugs Team, Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation, FDA/CVM Rockville, MD.