Department of Pathology, Department of Population Health, Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study
Associate Professor, Head of SCWDS Diagnostic Service

Wildlife Diseases | Wildlife Pathology


Research Interests

  • My research interests are diverse and are aimed at gaining a better understanding of natural disease in free-ranging wildlife to ultimately contribute to management and conservation. Aspects of this understanding vary from pathogenesis, including susceptibility to infection and disease, transmission, pathogen shedding and tissue tropism, to utilization of diagnostic modalities and health surveys to better understand epidemiology and potential health risks. Species groups of interest are constantly expanding and currently include raptors, upland gamebirds, cervids, and snakes. Past or current projects have focused on species and pathogen combinations of:
    • West Nile virus in raptors and game birds
    • Lymphoproliferative disease virus in wild turkeys
    • Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola in various snake species
    • Powassan virus in small wild mammals (e.g., raccoons, groundhogs)
    • Green lung syndrome (fungi) in white-tailed deer

Educational Background

  • BA (1995), Grinnell College
  • DVM (2004), Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • PhD (2008), Colorado State University, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
  • Anatomic Pathology Residency (2010-2013), The University of Georgia


  • Memberships, The Wildlife Society (2015-present), Poultry Health Research Network/University of Guelph (2013-present), Phi Zeta, Xi Chapter (University of Georgia; 2013-present), American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians (2007-present), Wildlife Disease Association (2002-present)
  • Faculty Advisor, Zoo, Exotics and Wildlife Club (Ontario Veterinary College; 2016-18)
  • Faculty Panel Member, Ontario Veterinary College Pathology Club and Zoo Exotics Wildlife Club, Professional Development Activities (2013-17)
  • Editorial Consultant, West Nile virus and Mammalian bites modules, Physicians’ Information and Education Resource
  • Expert Reviewer, American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, Infectious Diseases of Concern to Captive and Free Ranging animals in North America, West Nile virus

Teaching Experience

  • College of Veterinary Medicine
    • POPH 5410 Wildlife Population Health Externship (coordinator)

Selected Publications

Publications by Dr. Nemeth may be found on PubMed.

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