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Kevin Keel- BS, DVM, MS, PhD
Associate Professor
Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology


Research Focus

Behavior associated cranial abscesses in white-tailed deer; pathogenesis of white-nose syndrome and techniques to reduce mortality among bats; novel canine parvoviruses and emerging enteric disease in raccoons and cats; epidemiology and pathogenesis of a novel orthomomyxovirus affecting common eiders; environmental factors associated with mass strandings of lesser shearwaters.

Specialty Focus

Anatomic Pathology


2004 PhD Pathobiology, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1997 DVM , The University of Georgia, Athens, GA
1993 MS Wildlife Biology, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA
1990 BS Microbiology, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Honors and Awards

2010 Inducted into the Society of Phi Zeta, Honors Society of Veterinary Medicine
2007 Young Achiever Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Georgia
2004 Outstanding Graduate Student, Department of Veterinary Science and Microbiology, University of Arizona
2003 Student Research Recognition Award, Congress of Research Workers in Animal Disease, Chicago, Illinois
1994 Stoddard-Burleigh-Sutton Wildlife Conservation Award, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, The University of Georgia
1992 Student Research Recognition Award, Wildlife Disease Association 41st Annual Conference, El Paso, Texas


Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists
Veterinary Faculty License, Georgia State Board of Veterinary Medicine
Foreign Animal Diagnostician, US Department of Agriculture

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Diagnostic, field and training assistance for avian health and disease monitoring, (Principal Investigator), US Fish and Wildlife Service – US Dept of the Interior

Co-Principal Investigator, Prevalence, etiology and implications of cranial abscesses in male white-tailed deer in Georgia, KV Miller, SM Russel (Principal Investigator), Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Principal Investigator, Applied research designed to assist mitigation of white-nose syndrome in bats, (Principal Investigator), US Fish and Wildlife Service

Principal Investigator, Evaluation of multiply induced Rhodococcus rhodochrous DAP 96253 cells for in situ application as a biological control agent of Geomyces destructans, (Principal Investigator), Bat Conservation International (sub-award sponsored by Georgia State University)

Principal Investigator, Test of a biocompatible, biodegradable antifungal agent on the growth of G. destructans, the causative agent of white-nose syndrome, (Principal Investigator), US Fish and Wildlife Service (sub-award sponsored by Western Michigan University)

Principal Investigator, Development of laboratory based methods for the study and mitigation of white-nose syndrome, (Principal Investigator), Morris Animal Foundation

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2012 Nemeth NM, Keel MK, Yabsley MJ Anisakiasis with proventricular perforation in a greater shearwater (Puffinus gravis) off the coast of Georgia, United States J Zoo Wildl Med,
  • Link Icon 2012 Ellis AE, Mackey E, Moore A, Divers SJ, Hensel P, Carmichael KP, Arcola P, Brown J, Gottdenker N, Keel MK, Yabsley MJ Debilitation and mortality associated with besnotiosis in four Virginia opossums (Didelphis virginiana) J Zoo Wildl Med,
  • Link Icon 2012 LaDouceur EEB, Ernst J, Keel MK Unilateral corneoscleral choristomas (corneal dermoids) in a white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) J Wildl Dis,
  • Link Icon 2012 Broman M, Brown JD, Zavala G, Keel MK Clinical challenge J Zoo Wildl Med,
  • Link Icon 2012 Ruder MG, Noel BL, Bednarz JC, Keel MK Exertional myopathy in pileated woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus) subsequent to capture J Wildl Dis,
  • Link Icon 2012 Muller LI, Osborn DA, Doherty T, Keel MK, Miller BF, Warren RJ, Miller KV Optimal medetomidine dose when combined with ketamine and tiletamine-zolazepam to immobilize white-tailed deer J Wildl Dis,
  • Link Icon 2012 Muller LI, Osborn DA, Doherty T, Keel MK, Miller BF, Warren RJ, Miller KV A comparison of oxygen saturation in white-tailed deer estimated by pulse oximetry and from arterial blood gases J Wildl Dis,
  • Link Icon 2012 Gottdenker NL, Gerhold R, Cartoceti A, Keel MK, Goltz JP, Howerth E Reports of oligodendrogliomas in three white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) J Vet Diagn Invest,
  • Link Icon 2012 Allison AB, Harbison CE, Pagan I, Stucker KM, Kaelber JT, Brown JD, Ruder MG, Keel MK, Dubovi EJ, Holmes EC, Parrish CR Role of multiple hosts in the cross-species transmission and emergence of a pandemic parvovirus J Virol,
  • Link Icon 2011 Allison AB, Palacios G, Travassos da Rossa A, Popov VL, Lu L, Xiao SY, DeToy K, Briese T, Lipkin WI, Keel MK, Stallknecht DE, Bishop GR, Tesh RB Characterization of Durham virus, a novel rhabdovirus that encodes both a C and SH protein Virus Research,