Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences


Cats  

Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Dogs  

Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Pig  

Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Cells  

Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Cattle  

Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Horses  

Advancing the health and well-being of animals and people


Gavin Hitchener

Gavin Hitchener

 

Extension Associate

Director Cornell University Duck Research Laboratory
Dept. of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
192 Old Country Road
Eastport, NY 11941
Phone:  631-325-0600
e-mail: grh68@cornell.edu

Research Interests
Pathogenesis of Riemerella anatipestifer infection in ducks.
Vaccine technology for Riemerella anatipestifer, Escherichia coli, and Pasteurella multocida in poultry.
Racing pigeon circovirus diagnostics and vaccine development.

Education

  • Residency Anatomic Cornell University, Pathology June 2015 College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, NY
  • D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine Western University of Health Sciences May 2012 College of Veterinary Medicine, Pomona, CA
  • B.Sci Animal Science May 2008 University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
  • Study abroad (Animal Science focus) Jan-May 2007 University of Western Australia Perth, Western Australia, Australia



Research and Professional Experience

Resident, Veterinary Anatomic Pathology Animal Health Diagnostic Center – Cornell University Ithaca, NY  July 2012 – July 2015
• Operate as a diagnostician within a high output AAVLD accredited state run laboratory averaging 60-75 cases per week
• Training in gross and histologic diagnosis of many infectious and non-infectious diseases
• Experience with a wide variety immunohistochemical and histochemical stains
• Assist in the training of 3rd and 4th year veterinary students in basic necropsy technique and appropriate sample collection for ancillary diagnostics and biosafety procedures
• Work in a team oriented approach to providing the most rapid and accurate diagnoses possible

Participant, International. Transboundary Animal Disease Course, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, Orient Point, NY   April 8-19, 2013
• Performed post mortem examinations of infected animals with various transboundary diseases and isolated gross lesions
• Gained knowledge regarding tissue lesion recognition and other microscopic and molecular diagnostic modalities utilized for diagnosis of these various disease entities
• Assisted with animal care and use during the course
• Trained on safe entry and exit procedures of rooms with high consequence infectious diseases
• Assisted with teaching post mortem techniques to the international students

Extern, CL Davis Foundation Summer Pathology Program Diag. Lab. of the Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission Little Rock, AR  July 5-29, 2010
• Performed post-mortem examinations and tissue collection from large and small animals
• Became experienced in trimming, processing tissues and staining slides
• Evaluated slides and wrote case reports

Participant, Smith-Kilborne Program Cornell University, Ithaca, NY and Plum Island Animal Disease Center, Plum Island, NY  June 1-8, 2010
• Gained an understanding for the Incident Command System
• Reviewed selected foreign animal diseases
• Worked in a biological safety containment agricultural laboratory level 3

Summer Veterinary Histology Technician Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine Pomona, CA  July-Aug 2009
• Collected equine tissue samples for histopathology preparations
• Performed tissue trimming and processing for staining
• Performed Hematoxylin and Eosin staining of tissue from horses, chickens, pigs and goats


Selected Publications

  1. Hitchener GR, Mullen KR, Divers TJ, Duhamel GE, Acute Glomerulonephritis Associated With Administration of Bovine Hyper-Immune Serum In A 3-Month-Old Holstein Dairy Calf, ACVP Convention, November 2014, Atlanta, Georgia, poster presentation and oral presentation, November 2014.
  2. Hitchener GR., Buckles, EL., Schlafer DH., Spontaneous Cervical Adenocarcinoma with Metastatic Disease in an Aged Captive Mouflon Sheep (Ovis orientalis), ACVP Convention, November 2014, Atlanta, Georgia, poster presentation, November 2014.
  3. Hitchener GR., Caserto, BG, Multicentric Angioleiomyoma in a Young German Shepherd Dog, ACVP Convention, November 2014, Atlanta, Georgia, poster presentation and oral presentation, November 2014.
  4. Hitchener GR, Doss J. Gastrointestinal Pythiosis in a Boxer from South West Arkansas. ACVP Convention, October 2010, Baltimore, MD. Veterinary Student Poster #12, Conference Proceedings-ACVP Veterinary Student Posters pg.141.