Jim Wellehan

Jim Wellehan

Associate Professor, Zoo Med

Department: Department of Comparative, Diagnostic & Population Medicine
Business Phone: (352) 392-2235
Business Email: wellehanj@ufl.edu

About Jim Wellehan

Jim is an Associate Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. He is a diplomate of both the American College of Zoological Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. He can generally be found in the zoo ward fixing owls and tortoises, and prattling on about dinosaurs, microbial ecology, and phylogenetic trees. He is the veterinarian of record for Santa Fe Teaching Zoo and Lubee Bat Conservancy. In addition to clinical work with the Zoological Medicine Service, he is also faculty in the UF Veterinary Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, and co-director of the Zoological Medicine Laboratory. His research interests focus on evolution and ecology of pathogens of nondomestic animals, with an emphasis on molecular diagnostics and pathogen discovery. He has published 173 peer-reviewed publications and 36 book chapters/invited reviews. Outside of work, he enjoys backpacking, mountain biking, and playing anything with strings and frets. He is happily married to Karen Schaedel and they are the proud parents of Xavier and Elseya. He would like to leave them a world with less racism, sexism, homophobia, and economic disparity that is working to mitigate the ongoing climate change crisis.

Accomplishments

UF Term Professorship Award
2018 · University of Florida
FVMA Clinical Investigator Award
2017 · Florida Veterinary Medical Association
C.E. Cornelius Young Investigator Award
2013 · University of Florida
Phi Zeta Excellence in Doctoral Studies Award
2011 · University of Florida
ACZM Manuscript Award
2006 · American College of Zoological Medicine
Phi Zeta Best Clinical Research Publication Award
2005 · University of Florida
Association of Avian Veterinarians Resident Manuscript Competition Award
2004 · Association of Avian Veterinarians

Board Certifications

  • Diplomate
    American College of Zoological Medicine
  • Diplomate, Virology and Bacteriology/Mycology Subspecialties
    American College of Veterinary Microbiologists

Research Profile

Jim’s research interests include comparative infectious disease, pathogen evolution, molecular diagnostics, and pathogen discovery. His favorite publication so far is:

Hyndman TH, Shilton CM Stenglein MD, Wellehan JFX. Divergent bornaviruses from Australian carpet pythons with neurological disease date the origin of extant Bornaviridae prior to the end-Cretaceous extinction. PLOS Pathogens. 2018 Feb 20;14(2):e1006881.

You should go read that one.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0001-5692-6134

Publications

2020 The veterinary clinics of North America. Exotic animal practice
2019 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2018 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2018 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2018 Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
2018 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2016 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2016 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2015 The Canadian veterinary journal = La revue veterinaire canadienne
2015 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2015 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2015 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2015 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2014 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2013 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2012 Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
2010 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2009 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2009 Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine
2006 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2005 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2005 The veterinary clinics of North America. Exotic animal practice
2005 Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
2005 The veterinary clinics of North America. Exotic animal practice
2004 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2004 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2004 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2004 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2004 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
2003 Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research-Revue Canadienne De Recherche Veterinaire
2001 Journal of Wildlife Diseases
2001 Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
1997 Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Grants

Jul 2018 – Sep 2020
D18ZO-319: Establishing tissue culture cell lines from reptiles, amphibians, and other captive and free-ranging wildlife
MORRIS ANIMAL FOU · Mentor
Jan 2018 – Mar 2020
Assessment of health and disease in wild and captive Florida grasshopper sparrows: An information need critical for the release of captive birds, 2017-2019
FL FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMM ·
Jan 2016 – Dec 2017
Molecular Identification of Viruses from Florida Bottlenose Dolphins
FL ATLANTIC UNIV ·
Mar 2015 – Feb 2017
Determining the Glomerular Filtration Rate in Bearded
ASSO OF REPTILIAN AND AMPHIBIAN VETS · Principal Investigator
Aug 2014 – Nov 2018
Studies of Pathogenesis of a Virus-Associated Carcinoma in California Sea Lions: Research Fellowship for Alissa Deming
MARINE MAMMAL CENTER · Principal Investigator
Oct 2007 – Oct 2017
Molecular Identification of Microbial Agents and Parasit
MULTIPLE SPONSORS · Principal Investigator

Education

PhD
2010 · University of Florida
Residency in Zoological Medicine
2002-2005 · University of Florida
Internship in Avian/Exotic/Wildlife Medicine and Surgery
2001-2002 · Ontario Veterinary College
MS
2001 · University of Minnesota
DVM
2001 · University of Minnesota
BA
1992 · Bowdoin College

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 392-2235
Emails:
Business:
wellehanj@ufl.edu

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