Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Department of Pathology
Associate Professor

Before joining UGA, Dr. Mendes worked as a full professor in a University in Brazil, Instituto Federal Catarinense (IFC), Concórdia, Santa Catarina state, and has been granted several research grants at federal and state levels. He has a strong background in veterinary pathology, starting with a Master’s degree in this area (2004-2006). He has been enrolled in teaching activities, since 2005, in both graduate and postgraduate degrees.

At the IFC, since 2013, he conducted 2,482 necropsies (1,875 bovines, 388 swines and 219 ovines) and 593 biopsies in farm animals. But he also worked with poultry, pets and wild animals. An average of 200 pet necropsies per year have been conducted since 2013 at this lab. The focus of the veterinary pathology laboratory coordinated by him was to establish a definitive diagnosis and advise measures for controlling and preventing future cases.

After receiving his veterinary degree, he worked (2001-2004) with veterinary practice, providing veterinary care on many dairy farms, implementing preventive programs, conducting surgeries, and prescribing treatments, as well as conducting necropsies when necessary.

Research Interests

Mainly related with ruminant diseases, reaching a broad spectrum, including diagnostic pathology, immunopathology, parasitology, toxicology, retrospective studies and others. Although, he had also published several manuscripts regarding rat, mouse, swine and poultry diseases; many of them working as a pathologist conducting the evaluation of the experiments.

Educational Background

  • 2006 – 2010: Universidad de Córdoba (UCO), Spain, Ph.D. (Veterinary Pathology).
  • 2004 – 2006: Santa Catarina State University (UDESC), Brazil, MS (Veterinary Pathology)
  • 1996 – 2000: UDESC, Brazil, DVM.
  • 2017 – 2019: Instituto Federal de Santa Catarina (IFSC), Brazil, Dip.Ed.
  • 2002 – 2004: Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Brazil, MBA in Agribusiness.

Selected Publications

  • Acute necrotic hepatotoxicity caused by Melanthera latifolia (Asteraceae) in cattle. TOXICON, v.229, 2023.
  • Butyric acid glycerides in the diet of broilers to replace conventional growth promoters: effects on performance, metabolism, and intestinal health. ARCHIVES OF ANIMAL NUTRITION, v.76, 2023.
  • Can the Inclusion of a Vegetable Biocholine Additive in Pig Feed Contaminated with Aflatoxin Reduce Toxicological Impacts on Animal Health and Performance? ANIMALS, v.13, 2023.
  • Congenital fibropapillomatosis in a pig. BRAZILIAN JOURNAL OF VETERINARY PATHOLOGY, v.16, 2023.
  • Eurytrema coelomaticum infection: correlation between parasite burden and impairment of pancreatic exocrine enzyme secretion. CIÊNCIA RURAL, v.52, 2022.
  • Plant Poisoning Containing Hydrocyanic Acid in Cattle in Southern Brazil. ACTA SCIENTIAE VETERINARIAE, v.49, 2021.
  • Experimental infection by Neospora caninum in gerbil reduces activity of enzymes involved in energy metabolism. EXPERIMENTAL PARASITOLOGY, v.208, 2020.
  • Health profile of free-range wild boar subpopulations hunted in Santa Catarina state, Brazil. TRANSBOUNDARY AND EMERGING DISEASES, v.67, 2020.
  • Outbreak of Rickets in Pigs in the West of Santa Catarina. ACTA SCIENTIAE VETERINARIAE , v.48, 2020.
  • Immunization with the recombinant myosin regulatory light chain (FhrMRLC) in Adjuplex® adjuvant elicits a Th1-biased immune response and a reduction of parasite burden in Fasciola hepatica infected rats. PARASITOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, v.75, 2019.
  • Disturbance of energetic homeostasis and oxidative damage provoked by trichlorfon as relevant toxicological mechanisms using silver catfish as experimental model. CHEMICO-BIOLOGICAL INTERACTIONS, v.299, 2019.
  • Mammary gland carcinoma in a male dog: case report. COMPARATIVE CLINICAL PATHOLOGY, v.28, 2018.
  • Bilateral Gastrocnemius Muscle Rupture in a Bovine. ACTA SCIENTIAE VETERINARIAE , v.45, 2017.
  • Dictyocaulosis in dairy cows in Brazil: an epidemiological, clinical-pathological and therapeutic approach. ACTA PARASITOLOGICA, v.62, 2017.
  • Metastatic mammary carcinoma in a cow. CIENCIA RURAL, v.47, 2017.
  • Oxidative stress in dairy cows naturally infected with the lungworm Dictyocaulus viviparus. JOURNAL OF HELMINTHOLOGY, v.91, 2017.
  • Risk factors for Neospora caninum infection in dairy cattle and their possible cause-effect relation for disease. MICROBIAL PATHOGENESIS, v.110, 2017.
  • Activities of ectonucleotidases and adenosine deaminase in platelets of cattle experimentally infected by Fasciola hepatica. EXPERIMENTAL PARASITOLOGY, v.176, 2017.
  • Ectonucleotidase and adenosine deaminase as inflammatory marker in dairy cows naturally infected by Dictyocaulus viviparus. COMPARATIVE IMMUNOLOGY, MICROBIOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES, v.51, 2017.
  • Cattle naturally infected by Eurytrema coelomaticum: Relation between adenosine deaminase activity and zinc levels. RESEARCH IN VETERINARY SCIENCE, v.110, 2016.
  • Immune protection conferred by recombinant MRLC (myosin regulatory light chain) antigen in TiterMax Gold® adjuvant against experimental fasciolosis in rats. VACCINE, v.35, 2016.
  • Oxidative stress associated with pathological changes in the pancreas of cattle naturally infected by Eurytrema coelomaticum. VETERINARY PARASITOLOGY, v.223, 2016.
  • Relationship Between Pathological Findings and Cholinesterase Activity and Nitric Oxide Levels in Cattle Infected Naturally by Eurytrema coelomaticum. JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PATHOLOGY, v.154, 2016.
  • Evaluation of hepatic changes and local and systemic immune responses in goats immunized with recombinant Peroxiredoxin (Prx) and challenged with Fasciola hepatica. VACCINE, v.28, 2010.
  • Evaluation of local immune response to Fasciola hepatica experimental infection in the liver and hepatic lymph nodes of goats immunized with Sm14 vaccine antigen. MEMÓRIAS DO INSTITUTO OSWALDO CRUZ, v.105, 2010.
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