Heather D S Walden

Heather D S Walden

Assistant Professor

Department: Department of Comparative, Diagnostic & Population Medicine
Business Phone: (352) 294-4125
Business Email: hdstockdale@ufl.edu

About Heather D S Walden

Dr. Heather Walden’s research interests focus on parasitic disease, diagnosis and classical parasite biology. She has collaborated on several research projects throughout the United States, Mexico, Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands, Zambia and Senegal. She regularly works with zoonotic and non-zoonotic parasites of exotic and domestic hosts, as her training focuses on classical and molecular parasitology, including diagnostic procedures for a diversified parasite assemblage.

Additionally, Dr. Walden teaches parasitology to veterinary students in the first, third and fourth years of their curriculum, as well as gives parasite lectures in other VetMed courses. She actively trains veterinary, graduate and undergraduate students in her laboratory and is active in international and national veterinary parasitology organizations.


Distinguished Veterinary Teacher of the Year
2016 · Zoetis
Byrd Dunn Award for Best Student Presentation
2008 · Southeastern Society of Parasitologists
Outstanding Graduate Student
2008 · Intervet/American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists
Best Graduate Student Presentation
2007 · Bayer/American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists
Best Graduate Student Presentation
2007 · Phi Zeta – Auburn University

Research Profile

Research interests include zoonotic parasitic disease, diagnostic and classical parasite biology. Collaborations include studies on the epizootiology of parasites in domestic and exotic hosts, as well as diagnosis of internal and external parasites in all types of host species. Major host species include both wild and captive mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians. Current research involves host preference, transmission and geographic range of the rat lungworm, Angiostrongylus cantonensis.

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

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(352) 294-4125

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