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Department of Pathology

Rita McManamon

Clinical Instructor
Director, UGA Zoo and Exotic Animal Pathology Service
Joint Appointment with Small Animal Medicine & Surgery and Pathology
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Educational Background

  • BA, Physiology and Behavioral Biology, San Francisco State University
  • DVM, University of California at Davis
  • Anatomic Pathology Residency, University of Georgia

Teaching Experience

  • Anatomic Pathology Clerkship
  • Veterinary Advanced Pathology
  • Zoo Wildlife and Aquatic Medicine
  • Gross Pathology Rounds
  • Histopathology Seminar

Research Interests

  • Zoo/wildlife/exotic animal diagnostic pathology
  • Clinician-pathologist collaboration to understand, diagnose and prevent heart disease in great apes
  • Infectious and degenerative diseases in avian and reptile species


  • 2009, CL Davis Veterinary Pathology Scholarship Award
  • Significant Achievement award, Greater Atlanta Veterinary Medical Society
  • Phi Zeta National Veterinary Honor Society, Honorary induction “for significant contribution to the profession” 

Selected Publications

  • Lowenstine, L. J., McManamon, R., & Terio, K. A. (2016). Comparative Pathology of Aging Great Apes: Bonobos, Chimpanzees, Gorillas, and Orangutans. Veterinary Pathology. 53(2): 250-276.
  • Rivera, S., Crane, M. M., McManamon, R., & Gregory, C. R. (2015). Surgical treatment of pulmonary melanophoroma in a beaded lizard (Heloderma horridum exasperatum). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 46(2): 397-399.
  • McManamon, R., & Lowenstine, L. J. (2012). Cardiovascular Disease in Great Apes. In (M.E. Fowler, R.E. Miller, Eds.) Fowler’s Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine, Current Therapy 7. Pp. 408-415.
  • Rivera, S., Wellehan, J. F. X., McManamon, R., Innis, C. J., Garner, M. M., Raphael, B. L., . . . Frasca, S. (2009). Systemic adenovirus infection in Sulawesi tortoises (Indotestudo forsteni) caused by a novel siadenovirus. Journal Of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. 21(4): 415-426.
  • Collette, S. A., McManamon, R., Rech, R. R., & Howerth, E. W. (2010). Pathology in practice. Proventricular dilatation disease. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 236(5): 519-521.
  • McManamon, R. (2008). Diagnostic testing in nonhuman primates. Journal Of Exotic Pet Medicine. 17(1): 31-38.
  • Scott, N. A., McManamon, R., Strobert, E., Cipolla, G. D., Tarazona, N., & Swenson, R. B. (1995). In vivo diagnosis of coronary artery disease in a Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. 26(1): 139-143.
  • McManamon R, Hedberg G. (1993). Practical tips in nursery rearing of exotic cats. Journal of Small Exotic Animal Medicine. 2 (3): 137–140.
  • Balke JME, Barker I, Hackenberger MK, McManamon R, Boever WJ. (1989). Reproductive anatomy of three nulliparous female Asian elephants: the development of artificial breeding techniques. Zoo Biology 7 (2): 99 -112.
  • Additional Publications by Dr. McManamon may be found at PubMed.

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