Heather Stockdale Walden

Assistant Professor- ParasitologyDr. Heather Walden

Department of Comparative, Diagnostic & Population Medicine
PO Box 100123
1945 SW 16th AV
Gainesville, FL 32610-0123
(352) 294-4125
Fax: (352) 392-9704


  • Doctorate, Biomedical Sciences/Parasitology – 2008. Auburn University
  • Master of Science, Biology – 2004. Appalachian State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology – 1999. University of Kentucky

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 – Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher of the Year
  • 2008 – Intervet/AAVP Outstanding Graduate Student
  • 2008 – Byrd Dunn Award for Best Student Presentation
  • 2007 – Phi Zeta Best Graduate Student Presentation
  • 2007 – Bayer/AAVP Best Graduate Student Presentation

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Zoonotic parasitic disease
  • Diagnosis and classical parasite biology
  • Modes of transmission and pathogenicity in the definitive host
  • Trichomonads and zoonotic metastrongyloid nematodes
  • Parasitic infections or infestations of exotic and domestic hosts
  • Parasitic helminths, protozoa and arthropods.

Recent Publications

Book Chapters

  • Stacy BA, Werneck MR, Stockdale Walden H, Harms CA. 2017.  Parasites.  In: Sea Turtle Health and Rehabilitation, Manire, CA, TM Norton, BA Stacy, CJ Innis, and CA Harms (Eds.), JP Ross Publishing, Jupiter, FL.
  • Stockdale-Walden H, Ness SAL, Mittel LD, Divers TJ, van Laaren K, Sellon DC. 2013. Miscellaneous Parasites. In: Long M and Sellon D, Eds. Equine Infectious Diseases. 2nd Ed. Elsevier, San Diego, CA, p 650.
  • Stockdale-Walden H, Jordan ME, DiPietro JA. 2013. Cestode Infections. In: Long M and Sellon D, Eds. Equine Infectious Diseases. 2nd Ed. Elsevier, San Diego, CA, p 650.
  • Stockdale-Walden. 2013. Trichinella. In: Morris J and Potter M, Eds. Foodborne Infections and Intoxications. 4th Ed. Elsevier, San Diego, CA, p.541.
  • Stockdale HD, Spencer JA, Blagburn BL. 2007. Prophylaxis and Chemotherapy. In: Fayer R and Xiao L, Eds. Cryptosporidium and Cryptosporidiosis. 2nd Ed. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, p. 544.

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Diaz NM, Walden HS, Yoak A, McIntosh A, Duque V, Cruz M, Hernandez JA. 2018. Dog overpopulation and diagnosis of intestinal parasites on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos 2016. Preventative Vet Med. 157: 99-104.
  • Collicutt N, Stacy N, Walden H, Childress A, Dill J, Anderson M, Wellehan JFX. 2017. Infection with a novel derogenid trematode in a flap-necked chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis) from South Carolina. Vet Clin Path. 46:629-634. Article here
  • Walden H, Slapcinsky JD, Roff S, Mendieta Calle J, Diaz Goodwin Z, Corlett R, Conway J, McIntosh A. 2017. Geographic distribution of Angiostrongylus cantonensis in wild rats (Rattus rattus) and terrestrial snails in Florida, USA. PLoS ONE. 12(5): e0177910. Article here
  • Diaz NM, Mendez GS, Grijalva CJ, Walden HS, Cruz M, Aragon E, Hernandez JA. 2016. Dog overpopulation and burden of exposure to canine distemper virus and other pathogens on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos. Prev.Vet.Med. 123: 128-137.
  • Latas PJ, Walden HS, Bates L, Marshall S, Pynnonen B, Rohr Tammie, Whitehead LR. 2015. Avioserpens sp. in a North American Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis): A new host and geographic record for dracunculoid nematode and implications of migration and climate change. J. Wildlife Dis. 52:189-192. Article here
  • Stockdale Walden H, Slapcinsky J, Qvarnstrom Y, McIntosh A, Bishop HS, and Rosseland B. 2015. Angiostrongylus cantonensis in introduced gastropods in southern Florida. J. Parasitol. 101(2): 156-159.
  • Emerson JA, Stockdale Walden HD, Peters RK, Farina L, Qvarnstrom Y, Xayavong M, Bishop H, Slapcinsky J, McIntosh A and Wellehan JFX. 2013. Eosinophilic meningitis in a nonhuman primate caused by Angiostrongylus cantonensis in Miami, Florida, USA. Vet Quarterly 33(4): 191-194.