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Richard William Gerhold
Assistant Professor of Parasitology
Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences

Background

I received my BS in wildlife science (1997) and DVM (2001) from Purdue University. Upon graduation from veterinary school, I was employed as the staff veterinarian at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia. I also received a MS and PhD from University of Georgia in Veterinary Pathology working on classical and molecular parasitology. Following my PhD, I completed a two year National Science Foundation-funded post-doctoral fellowship at the Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Department at the University of Tennessee researching Lyme disease and tick-borne diseases. I am currently an assistant professor of parasitology at Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Tennessee. Duties include teaching in the first year parasitology course and fourth year rotations, diagnostic services, and research. My research interests include wildlife and public health associated parasite epidemiology, protozoa, and tick-borne diseases. In addition I belong to the Center for Wildlife Health at the University of Tennessee which is group of researchers from numerous departments and colleges at the University of Tennessee that perform research on various wildlife diseases.

Courses Currently Teaching

  • Clinical instructor of Pathology-Parasitology Section (VM 838) College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (Fall 2011-Present)
    (Instructed senior veterinary students on parasitic diseases of domestic animals during fourth year pathology rotation. Issues discussed include diagnosis of parasites, heterospecific and zoonotic implications of various parasitic diseases, and treatment and control of parasitic agents. Students also presented critique of current scientific literature associated with primary research in veterinary parasitology.)
  • Clinical instructor of Community Practice-Parasitology Section (VM 822) College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (Fall 2011-Present)
    (Instructed senior veterinary students during fourth year rotation in community practice. Issues discussed include diagnosis of parasites, heterospecific and zoonotic implications of various parasitic diseases, and treatment and control of parasitic agents. Additionally current diagnostic, prevention, and treatment protocols for heartworm infection were discussed.)
  • Veterinary Parasitology, College of Veterinary Medicine (VM 873), The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (Spring 2012-Present)
    (Lectured to first-year veterinary students regarding important arthropods and associated diseases in veterinary medicine. Lectures include arthropod identification and diagnostic techniques, vector-borne diseases, heterospecific and zoonotic implications of various arthropod infections, and treatment and control of arthropods.)
  • Wildlife Disease Ecology (WFS 301/560 & 401/501), Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (Spring 2012-Present)
    (Instructed and organized lectures and laboratories on wildlife disease ecology for split level undergraduate and graduate class. Lectures included: History of wildlife disease ecology, US government and wildlife research, use of molecular testing in wildlife research, disease issues associated with captive wildlife, and research design and implementations. In addition to lectures, the students performed group and individual projects resulting in oral presentations and written reports.)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Avian Pathologists
  • American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • The Wildlife Society
  • Southeastern Society of Parasitologists
  • Wildlife Disease Association

Working Groups and Committees

  • Wildlife Disease Association- Council member at large. 2012
  • Scientific program chair for 2013 International Meeting of the Wildlife Disease Associate
  • US Animal Health Association committee member for public Health and rabies, wildlife diseases, captive wildlife and alternative livestock, and parasitic diseases
  • Toxoplasma transmission. NIMBioS. The University of Tennessee.
  • Faculty advisor for University of Tennessee student chapter of Wildlife Disease Association.
  • The Wildlife Society- Wildlife Disease Working Group