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Maurice Ernest Pitesky- DVM, MPVM, Dipl ACVPM
Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension
Population Health & Reproduction

4007 VM3B
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 3215
mepitesky@ucdavis.edu

   

Research Focus

• Application of classic and spatial epidemiology in disease surveillance, food safety management, and other processes associated with poultry health.

• Interface of science and policy with respect to food safety and public health.

• Application of 'One-Health' principles with respect to domestic poultry, wildlife, the environment, and food safety.

• Composting and other value-added treatments for spent hens, and poultry litter for management of mortality and disease.

• Utilizing Next Generation Sequencing to understand bacterial pathogenicity

• Collaboration, communication, and outreach with stakeholders including commercial and backyard owners.

Specialty Focus

• Poulty Health and Food Safety Epidemiology

Education

1996 BS Biology, University of California, Los Angeles
2008 DVM Veterinary Medicine: Mixed Tract (Food Animal/Small Animal/Equine), University of California, Davis
2009 MPVM Life Cycle Analysis of livestock production systems with respect to antropogenic Greenhouse Gas emis, University of California, Davis

Licenses

California state license to practice veterinary medicine
American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM) Board Certified

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Waterfowl and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI): Spatio-Temporal Risk Mapping of HPAI in the Central Valley of California , (Principal Investigator), Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Principal Investigator, Baseline Seroprevalence and Prevalence Study of Poultry Diseases in Avian Wildlife Geographically Linked to Commercial Poultry in California , (Principal Investigator), CFAH

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: Marek’s Disease in Backyard Chickens, A Study of Pathological Findings and Viral Loads in Tumorous and Non-Tumorous Birds 2016 Mete A, Gharpure R, Pitesky ME, Famini D, Sverlow K, Dunn J Marek’s Disease in Backyard Chickens, A Study of Pathological Findings and Viral Loads in Tumorous and Non-Tumorous Birds Avian Diseases ,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: Variability assessment of California infectious bronchitis virus variants 2016 Gallardo RA, Aleuy AO, Pitesky ME, Sentíes–Cué G, Abdelnabi A, Woolcock PR, Hauck R, Toro H Variability assessment of California infectious bronchitis virus variants Avian Dis,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: Assessing Salmonella typhimurium persistence in poultry carcasses under composting conditions 2016 Vadella V, Pitesky ME, Cao W, Shi J, Pandey P Assessing Salmonella typhimurium persistence in poultry carcasses under composting conditions J Poultry Sci,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: Evaluation of protection induced by Riemerella anatipestifer-E. coli O78 bacterin in white pekin ducks 2016 Stoute S, Sandhu ST, Pitesky ME Evaluation of protection induced by Riemerella anatipestifer-E. coli O78 bacterin in white pekin ducks J Appl Poultry Res,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: A cooperative approach to animal disease response activities: Analytical hierarchy process (AHP) and vvIBD in California poultry 2015 Saito EK, Shea S, Jones A, Ramos G, Pitesky ME A cooperative approach to animal disease response activities: Analytical hierarchy process (AHP) and vvIBD in California poultry Prev Vet Med,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: Validation of single and pooled manure drag swabs for the detection of Salmonella ser Enteritidis in commercial poultry house 2015 Kinde H, Goodluck HA, Pitesky ME, Friend TD, Campbell JA, Hill AE. Validation of Single and Pooled Manure Drag Swabs for the Detection of Salmonella ser Enteritidis in Commercial Poultry Houses Validation of single and pooled manure drag swabs for the detection of Salmonella ser Enteritidis in commercial poultry house Avian Dis,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: Adaptation of agricultural and food systems to a changing climate and increased urbanization 2014 Pitesky ME, Gunasekara A, Cook C, Mitloehner F Adaptation of agricultural and food systems to a changing climate and increased urbanization Curr Sustainable Renewable Energy Rep ,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: Spatial and temporal epidemiology of infectious Laryngotracheitis in central California: 2000-2012 2014 Pitesky ME, Chin RP, Carnaccini SC, Sentíes–Cué G, Charlton B, Woolcock PR, Shivaprasad HL Spatial and temporal epidemiology of infectious Laryngotracheitis in central California: 2000-2012 Avian Dis,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: Backyard chickens in the United States: A survey of flock owners 2014 Elkhoraibi C, Blatchford RA, Pitesky ME, Mench JA Backyard chickens in the United States: A survey of flock owners Poult Sci,
  • Maurice Ernest Pitesky: Historical, spatial, temporal, and time-space epidemiology of very virulent infectious bursal disease in California: A retrospective study 2008-2011 2013 Pitesky ME, Cataline K, Crossley B, Poulos M, Ramos G, Willoughby D, Woolcock P, Cutler G, Bland M, Tran J, Jackwood D, Allen L, Breitmeyer R, Whiteford A, Forsythe K, Centies-Cue CG, Charlton B Historical, spatial, temporal, and time-space epidemiology of very virulent infectious bursal disease in California: A retrospective study 2008-2011 Avian Dis,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2005 Schaldach CM, Bench G, DeYoreo JJ, Esposito T, Ferreira J, Gard EE, Grant P, Horn J, Huser T, Kashgarian M, Knezovich J, Lane S, Pitesky ME, Talley C, Woods B, Jen Wu K, Velsko SP: Chapter 13: Non-DNA methods for biological signatures, Breeze RG, Budowle B, Schutzer SE, (ed), Microbial Forensics. 251-94, IV-VI.

External Links

UC Poultry Website