Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery
Anatomic Pathology, Assistant Research Scientist

Aquatic Animal Pathology | Avian Pathology | Diagnostic Pathology | Wildlife & Exotic Animal Diseases | Wildlife Diseases | Wildlife Pathology


Dr. Caitlin Burrell is a faculty pathologist and research scientist on the UGA Zoo and Exotic Animal Pathology Service (ZEAPS) team, where she provides diagnostic support for veterinarians working with nondomestic species. Prior to joining ZEAPS, Dr. Burrell was a wildlife pathologist for the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at UGA where she conducted disease surveillance and diagnostic investigations for state and federal wildlife agencies.

Through her work with zoos, aquaria, and wildlife agencies, Dr. Burrell has gained experience in the diseases and pathology of a wide range of species, including avian, reptile, amphibian, aquatic, and terrestrial and marine mammals. Her master’s research investigated the pathogenesis of canine distemper virus infections in wildlife species. Prior to transitioning to the pathology field, Dr. Burrell practiced clinical medicine of domestic, companion exotic, and zoo and wildlife species as well as conducted international research on the health and reproductive physiology of giant and red pandas.

Research Interests

  • Diagnostic pathology of zoo and wildlife species
  • Zoo and wildlife conservation

Educational Background

  • BS, University of Maryland, College Park (2006)
  • DVM, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine (2012)
  • MS, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine (2020)
  • Residency, Zoological Pathology Program, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine (2020)
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Teaching Experience

  • VPAT 8000 Pathology Rounds
  • VPAT 8005 Gross Pathology Rounds

Selected Publications

  • Imanse SE, Burrell CE, Cannizzo SA, Reilly SA, Rainwater SL, Delaney MA. Neoplasia in an Assurance Population of Puerto Rican Crested Toads (Peltophryne lemur). Vet Path. 2023. Epub ahead of print.
  • Gottdenker NL, Nascimento Ramos RA, Hakimi H, McHale B, Rivera S, Miller BM, Howerth EW, Burrell CE, Stilwell JM, McManamon R, Verocai GG. Angiostrongylus cantonensis Infection in Brown Rats (Rattus norvegicus), Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 2019-2022. Emerg Infect Dis. 2023 Oct;29(10):2167-2170.
  • Grunert RKA, Kunkel MR, Radisic R, Nemeth NM, Burrell CE, Shender LA, Guzman-Vargas V, Cunningham MW, Yabsley MJ. Notoedric mange (Notoedres centrifera) in Two Species of Free-ranging Rabbits from Florida, USA. Vet. Parasit.: Regional Studies and Reports. 2022;33:100748.
  • Burrell CE, Anchor C, Ahmed N, Landolfi J, Jarosinski KW, Terio KA. Characterization and Comparison of SLAM/CD150 in Free-ranging Coyotes (Canis latrans), Raccoons (Procyon lotor), and Striped Skunks (Mephitis mephitis) for Elucidation of Canine Distemper Virus Disease. Pathogens. 2020;9(6):510.
  • Burrell C, Li L, Kester M, Lee A, Freeman EW, Aitken-Palmer C. Hematology and Serum Biochemistry Values of the Red Panda Subspecies (Ailurus fulgens styani). J Zoo Wildl Med. 2018;49:384-395.
  • Burrell C, Hemin Z, Desheng L, Chengdong W, Caiwu L, Aitken-Palmer C. Hematologic, Serum Biochemistry, and Urinalysis Values in the Adult Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). J Zoo Wildl Med. 2017;48:1072-1076.
  • Martínez-Jiménez D, Garner B, Coutermarsh-Ott S, Burrell C, Clark S, Nabity M, Diaz-Delgado J, Rodrigues-Hoffman A, Zaks K, Proença L, Divers S, Saba C, Cazzini P. Eosinophilic Leukemia in Three African Pygmy Hedgehogs (Atelerix albiventris) and Validation of Luna Stain. J Vet Diagn Invest. 2017;29:217-223.

Additional publications by Dr. Burrell can be found at PubMed.

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