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

5315 Vet Med 3A
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 2941


Research Focus

Emerging infectious diseases of wildlife promoted by anthropogenic factors. Specific issues investigated include: pathogenesis of white-nose syndrome and techniques to reduce mortality among bats; emerging diseases of white-tailed deer; and emerging infectious diseases of wild carnivores (canine distemper virus and parvoviruses).

Specialty Focus

Anatomic Pathology and Infectious Disease


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
Foreign Animal Diagnostician, US Department of Agriculture

Active Research Grants

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

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

Principal Investigator, Applied research designed to assist mitigation of white-nose syndrome in bats, (Principal Investigator), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (sub-award sponsored by the University of Georgia)

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2014 Murray, HL, Yabsley, MJ, Keel, MK, Manning, EJ, Wilmers, TJ, Corn, JL Persistence of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis in Endangered Florida Key Deer and Key Deer Habitat. Journal of wildlife diseases,
  • Link Icon 2014 Mascarelli, PE, Keel, MK, Yabsley, M, Last, LA, Breitschwerdt, EB, Maggi, RG Hemotropic mycoplasmas in little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus). Parasites & vectors,
  • Link Icon 2014 Munk, BA, Garrison, E, Clemons, B, Keel, MK Antleroma in a Free-ranging White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Veterinary pathology,
  • Link Icon 2014 Nemeth, NM, Ruder, MG, Gerhold, RW, Brown, JD, Munk, BA, Oesterle, PT, Kubiski, SV, Keel, MK Demodectic Mange, Dermatophilosis, and Other Parasitic and Bacterial Dermatologic Diseases in Free-Ranging White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in the United States From 1975 to 2012. Veterinary pathology,
  • Link Icon 2013 Magenwirth J, Nemeth NM, Yabsley MJ, Munk BA, Keel MK, Brown JD Infestation of two brown-headed cowbirds (Molothrus ater) with the hunchback mite (Harpirhynchus quasimodo) Avian Dis,
  • Link Icon 2013 Munk BA, Turner JC, Keel MK Mediastinal teratoma in a free-ranging American black bear (Ursus americanus). J Zoo Wildl Med,
  • Link Icon 2013 Cottrell WO, Keel MK, Brooks JW, Mead DG, Phillips JE First report of clinical disease associated with canine distemper virus infection in a Wild Black Bear (Ursus americana) J Wildl Dis,
  • Link Icon 2013 Backer LC, Landsberg JH, Miller M, Keel K, Taylor TK Canine cyanotoxin poisonings in the United States (1920s-2012): review of suspected and confirmed cases from three data sources. Toxins,
  • Link Icon 2013 Keel MK, Stallknecht D, Cobb D, Cunningham M, Goekjian V, Gordon-Akhvlediani S, Fischer JR The epizootiology of anatid herpesvirus 1 infection in free-flying waterfowl: a comparison of latent and active infections among native waterfowl, captive-reared released ducks, and peridomestic or feral ducks. J Wildl Dis,
  • Link Icon 2013 Noel BL, Bednarz JC, Ruder MG, Keel MK Effects of radio-transmitter methods on pileated woodpeckers: an improved technique for large woodpeckers. Southeastern Nat,