Charles H. Courtney
Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
PO Box 100125
Gainesville, FL 32610-0125
- MS in Veterinary Science, University of Florida, 1973
- DVM (with high honors), Auburn University, 1977
- PhD, Veterinary Pathobiology-Parasitology, The Ohio State University, 1982
Honors and Awards
- Who’s Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology, 1986
- American Men and Women of Science, 1990
- President, American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists, 1994-95
Epidemiology and control of livestock helminths in tropical and subtropical regions; immunodiagnosis of canine dirofilariasis.
Prior to becoming a full time administrator, my major area of research was in the epidemiology and control helminth parasites of grazing livestock in the tropics and subtropics (Florida and the Caribbean). Use was made of both classical and molecular techniques to determine seasonal patterns of transmission of helminth parasites of cattle, small ruminants, horses, and exotic hoof stock in this region. The data so collected was then used to devise appropriate control programs based on the concept of strategic anthelmintic treatments. Targeted parasites included gastrointestinal nematodes of ruminants, equine cyathostomes, and bovine liver flukes. This work also included investigations into the patterns of resistance to common antiparasitic drugs in this geographic region. My second line of research was in the diagnosis and treatment of canine dirofilariasis. Emphasis was placed on seroepidemiology, with most of the work done using a bank of over 2000 sera collected over a 15 year period from dogs whose heartworm infections status was confirmed at necropsy.
As a full time administrator, I now oversee the research and graduate education programs of the College. My most significant accomplishment in that arena has been the building of a world-class training program in aquatic animal health, supported by a series of multi-million dollar grants from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. This campus-wide program covers aquatic animals from aquaculture-reared invertebrates, such as clams, shrimp and ornamental corals, to fish, aquatic reptiles, and marine mammals. Trainees include undergraduates, DVM students, graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and clinical residents as well as various working professionals, and training programs include short term research or clinical experience opportunities, short courses for continuing education, undergraduate, graduate and professional courses for UF credit, and a triennial international symposium.
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