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Determination of common causes of morbidity and mortality in captive psittacine birds submitted to the Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital and development of targeted diagnostic tests

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Title: Determination of common causes of morbidity and mortality in captive psittacine birds submitted to the Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital and development of targeted diagnostic tests
Author: Gibson, Daniel
Department: Department of Pathobiology
Program: Pathobiology
Advisor: Susta, LeonardoNicole, Nemeth
Abstract: Veterinary medical literature focused on diagnostic pathology of psittacine birds (e.g., parrots, macaws, cockatoos) is based largely on data derived from case reports with an overall lack of systematic approaches with the exception of a few zoonotic or economically important diseases. In an effort to increase our understanding of disease prevalence and presentation, and improve diagnostic approaches, we conducted a retrospective study of pathological data in psittacine birds submitted to the Ontario Veterinary College from 1998-2017 (n = 1,850). Using this database, we identified cohorts of birds with which to test and validate new diagnostic methods. First, we developed a multiplex real-time PCR assay for the detection of three DNA viruses in psittacine birds. Second, we used cases of round cell neoplasia to assess the utility of immunohistochemical markers, commonly used in mammalian species, for the diagnosis of lymphoma in psittacine birds.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/16983
Date: 2019-07
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