Patrick Thompson  



  • Illumina Miseq
  • Molecular Biology
  • Gel electrophoresis
  • Thermocyclers
  • PCR hoods
  • Biosafety cabinets
  • Microcentrifuges (refrigerated & non
  • Real time PCR (FAST) machine
  • Incubator (non CO2 and CO2)
  • Centrifuge (3000 xg max)
  • Vacuum centrifuge
  • Ultracentrifuge
  • Clinical pathology – hematology sample preparation

Training or skills

  • DNA and RNA extraction methodologies
  • PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) techniques
  • Real Time PCR methods to quantify viral RNA/DNA levels in extracted samples
  • Gel Electrophoresis
  • Purification of nucleic acid fragments from the gel
  • Primer design to create new primers used in all PCR methods
  • Consensus PCR methods used to determine the presence of a virus belonging to a larger category of viruses such as an order, family or genus
  • Next generation library prep
  • Cell culture – mammalian and fish cell lines
  • RT PCR / Quantitative RT PCR
  • Animal skills: dog/cat/mouse handling, phlebotomy
  • Archiving of biological samples following NIST protocols

University of Florida


As part of both the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and UF Health, Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to advancing animal, human and environmental health through teaching, research, extension and patient care.



Animal Hospitals

Need animal care? Visit the UF Small Animal and Large Animal Hospitals. From dogs, cats, birds and exotics to horses, cattle, llamas, pigs and many other large farm or food animals, our experienced veterinarian staff is ready to assist.

Animal Airwaves

Syndicated Podcast

Animal Airwaves

Animal Airwaves is a daily radio series that features one-minute segments relating to animal health, ranging from insights into animal behavior to veterinary patient care breakthroughs and trends.

Animal Airwaves