Charles Alex, DVM

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Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences


Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853


Research Interest


  • Ph.D, Integrative Pathobiology (In progress; anticipated September 2022), UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Diplomate – American College of Veterinary Pathologists (DACVP) Anatomic pathology, UC Davis / San Diego Zoo combined residency, zoo/wildlife emphasis, 2018
  • DVM, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM), 2015
  • BS, Biology (Summa cum laude), George Mason University, 2010
  • BA, International Studies, Literary and Cultural Studies, The College of William and Mary, 2006

Biography/Professional Experience

  • 11/22-present, Associate Pathologist, Wildlife Conservation Society

  • 8/19-present, PhD Candidate, Graduate Group in Integrative Pathobiology, Pesavento Lab, Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology (PMI), UC Davis SVM

  • 8/19-8/22, Locum pathologist, UC Davis SVM Anatomic Pathology Service

  • 8/18-7/19, Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Davis SVM REACH Fellowship, Pesavento Lab, PMI

  • 8/15-7/18, Residency – Anatomic Pathology

  • Jane and Marshall Steel endowed pathology resident, 2017-2018

  • San Diego Zoo Global, Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego, CA

  • Anatomic pathology resident – Zoo/wildlife emphasis, 2015-2017

  • UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Davis, CA

  • 02/09-05/11, Veterinary Technician, Pender Veterinary Center, Fairfax, VA


  • Alex CE, Kubiski SV, Jackson KA, Wack RF, Pesavento PA. Amdoparvovirus infections are prevalent, persistent, and genetically diverse in zoo-housed red pandas (Ailurus fulgens). 2022. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 53(1):83-91.
  • Alex CE, Canuti M, Schlesinger MS, Jackson KA, Needle D, Jardine C, Nituch L, Bourque L, Lang AS, Pesavento PA. Natural disease and evolution of an Amdoparvovirus endemic in striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis). Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. 2022 Mar 13. doi: 10.1111/tbed.14511. PMID: 35279956.
  • Alex CE, Fahsbender E, Altan E, Bildfell R, Wolff P, Jin L, Black W, Jackson K, Woods L, Munk B, Tse, Delwart E, Pesavento PA. Viruses in unexplained encephalitis cases in American black bears (Ursus americanus). 2020. Plos ONE 15(12): e0244056.
  • Alex C, Kubiski S, Li L, Sadeghi R, Wack R, McCarthy M, Pesavento J, Delwart E, Pesavento P. Amdoparvovirus infection in red pandas (Ailurus fulgens). 2018. Veterinary Pathology 55(4):552-561.
  • Costa, LRR, Donelly, CG, Crowe, CM, Vaughan, B., Alex, CE, and Aleman, M. Electroencephalographic alterations in a mare with presumed intermittent neuroglycopenia caused by severe hypoglycaemia associated with nonislet cell tumor. 2018. Equine Veterinary Education 32(5):238-245.
  • Niedringhaus K, Fenton H, Cleveland C, Anderson AN, Schwartz D, Alex C, Rogers K, Mete A, Yabsley M. Case series: Virulent hemosporidiosis infections in juvenile great horned owls (Bubo virginianus) from Louisiana and California, USA. 2018. Veterinary Parasitology: Regional Studies and Reports 12:49-54.
  • Smith S, Newman S, Coleman M, Alex C. Characterization of the histologic appearance of normal gill tissue using special staining techniques. 2018. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 30(5):688-698.
  • Katzman S, Perez-Noguez M, Pypendop B, Alex C, Affolter V. Anesthesia Case of the Month: Occult pheochromocytoma as a cause of fatal retro- and intraperitoneal hemorrhage in a horse following recovery from general anesthesia. 2018. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 252(3):286-288.
  • Boye J, Byrne B, Alex C, Affolter V, Christensen B, Dujovne G. Theriogenology Question of the Month: Abortion in a mare. 2017. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 251(6):657-660.
  • Reimnitz L, Sanchez-Migallon D, Alex C, Summa N, Gleeson M, Cissell D. Multiple endometrial venous aneurysms in a domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). 2017. Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine 26:230-237.
  • Alex CE, Hebert J, Boabaid F, Ambrose D, Howerth EW. Pathology in Practice: Intraperitoneal Coenurosis in a Rabbit. 2017. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 250(4):393-395.

Awards and Honors

  • Peter C. Kennedy Fellowship, 2020-2021
  • ARCS Foundation Scholar, 2020-2021
  • Phil and Karen Drayer Wildlife Health Center Fellowship Award, 2020
  • GGIP Symposium Research Presentation Award, 2020
  • Donald R. Cordy Prize, UC Davis SVM – PMI, 2018
  • Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society, inducted 2015
  • Pamela M. Slack Award (Avian Medicine), 2014
  • Frank P. Van Dresser Memorial Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine Award, 2014

Professional/Academic Affiliations