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Leslie Willis Woods
Professor of Clinical
California Animal Health and Food Safety Lab

1135 Thurman Lab
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 8746


Research Focus

  • Deer Adenovirus
  • Avian Patholgoy
  • West Nile Virus Pathogenesis
  • Plant Toxicoses
  • Wildlife Infectious Disease/Pathology
  • Environmental/Wildlife _____

Specialty Focus

Diagnostic Anatomic Pathology


1996 PhD Comparative Pathology, University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, CA
1982 DVM Veterinary Medicine, University of California, School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, CA
1977 BA Chemistry, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
1978 Physical Chemistry, University of California, San Diego, CA

Honors and Awards

2006 University of San Diego, Kappa Gamma Pi Alumni award


Diplomate American College of Veterinary Pathologists
State Licensure - California
Foreign Animal Disease Training, Certificate from Plum Island
State Licensure - Washington

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2013 Bautista AC, Woods LW, Filigenzi MS, Puschner B Bromethalin poisoning in a raccoon (Procyon lotor): diagnostic considerations and relevance to nontarget wildlife. J Vet Diagn Invest,
  • Link Icon 2013 Giannitti F, Higgins RJ, Pesavento PA, Cruz FD, Clifford DL, Piazza M, Struckhoff AP, Valle LD, Bollen AW, Puschner B, Kerr E, Gelberg H, Mete A, McGraw S, Woods LW Temporal and Geographic Clustering of Polyomavirus-Associated Olfactory Tumors in 10 Free-Ranging Raccoons (Procyon lotor). Vet Pathol,
  • Link Icon 2013 Giannitti F, Rioseco MM, García JP, Beingesser J, Woods LW, Puschner B, Uzal FA Diagnostic Exercise: Hemolysis and Sudden Death in Lambs. Vet Pathol,
  • Link Icon 2012 Gabriel MW, Woods LW, Poppenga R, Sweitzer RA, Thompson C, Matthews SM, Higley JM, Keller SM, Purcell K, Barrett RH, Wengert GM, Sacks BN, Clifford DL Anticoagulant rodenticides on our public and community lands: spatial distribution of exposure and poisoning of a rare forest carnivore PLoS One,
  • Link Icon 2012 Wheeler SS, Vineyard MP, Wood LW, Reise WK Dynamics of West Nile virus persistence in House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) PLoS Negl Trop Dis,
  • Link Icon 2012 Mete A, Woods L, Famini D, Anderson M Disseminated pleomorphic myofibrosarcoma in a grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) J Comp Pathol,
  • Link Icon 2012 Wheeler, SS, Langevin, SA, Brault, AC, Woods, L, Carroll, BD, Reisen, WK Detection of persistent west nile virus RNA in experimentally and naturally infected avian hosts Am J Trop Med Hyg,
  • Link Icon 2012 Uzal FA, Mukai M, Woods L, Poppenga R, Valentine BA, Smith J Acute respiratory distress in an alpaca Vet Pathol,
  • Link Icon 2012 Martínez J, Martorell J, Abarca ML, Olvera A, Ramis A, Woods L, Cheville N, Juan-Sallés C, Moya A, Riera A, Soto S Pyogranulomatous pleuropneumonia and mediastinitis in ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) associated with Pseudomonas luteola Infection J Comp Pathol,
  • Link Icon 2012 Yee MM, Woods LW, Poppenga RH, Puschner B Amanitin intoxication in two beef calves in California J Vet Diagn Invest,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2010 Woods LW, Latimer KS: Circovirus infectious of pigeons and other avian species, Saif YM, (ed), In: Diseases of Poultry, 12th edition, Ames, Iowa. 209-49.

2004 Woods LW, Wilson DW: The Respiratory System. Pathology, Plumlee KH, (ed), In: Clinical Veterinary Toxicology, St. Louis, MO. 80-8.

2003 Woods LW, Latimer KS: Circovirus infections of pigeons and other avian species, Saif, YM, (ed), In: Diseases of Poultry, 11th edition, Ames, Iowa. 202-11.

2001 Tell L, Woods LW, Cromie R: Mycobacteriosis in Birds, , In: Mycobacterial Diseases. 180-203.

2000 Woods LW: Adenoviral diseases of wild mammals, Williams ES, Barker IK, (ed), In: Infectious Diseases of Wild Mammals. 3rd ed, Ames. 202-12.