Gavin Hitchener

Faculty member

Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Senior Extension Associate

DUCK LAB


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

Lab: 631.325.0600
Fax: 631.325.1843
Email: grh68@cornell.edu

Research Interest

  • Pathogenesis of Riemerella anatipestifer infection in ducks.
  • Vaccine technology for Riemerella anatipestifer, Escherichia coli, and Pasteurella multocida in poultry.
  • The disease interface between wildlife and domestic and production animal systems.

Education

  • Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Anatomic Pathologists, 2016
  • Residency Anatomic Pathology, Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2015
  • D.V.M., Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2012 
  • B.Sci, University of Vermont, 2008
  • Study abroad (Animal Science focus), University of Western Australia Perth, 2007

Biography/Professional Experience

  • August 2022-present, Humane Slaughter Document Council Member, American Veterinary Medical Association
  • January 2019-present, Duck Council - sponsored by U.S. Poultry and Egg Association
  • July 2015-present, Director, Cornell University Duck Research Laboratory
  • May 2016-present, USDA Licensed Firm Primary Liaison & Executive Directory, International Duck Research Cooperative, INC.
  • July 2012-July 2015, Resident, Veterinary Anatomic Pathology, Animal Health Diagnostic Center, Cornell University
  • April 13-24, 2015, International, Transboundary Animal Disease Course, Plum Island Animal Disease Center
  • December 5-6, 2013, Anatomical Pathology Training Program, Frederick Animal Health Laboratory
  • April 8-19, 2013, International, Transboundary Animal Disease Course, Plum Island Animal Disease Center
  • July 5-29, 2010, CL Davis Foundation Summer Pathology Program, Diag. Lab. of the Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission
  • June 1-8, 2010, Smith-Kilborne Program Cornell University and Plum Island Animal Disease Center
  • July-Aug 2009, Summer Veterinary Histology Technician, Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine

Publications

  • Emma Kline, Gavin Hitchener, Duck Viral Enteritis in Domestic Muscovy Ducks from an Ohio Backyard Flock, International Production & Processing Expo, Atlanta, Georgia, USA poster presentation (student section), February 2022
  • Gavin Hitchener, Oral Toxoid Project, Duck Council and U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, White-paper publication, October 2021
  • Gavin R. Hitchener, Riemerella anatipestifer: Chapter: Merck Veterinary Manual, Online publication 2021
  • Jerry Carmen, Stallknecht David, Leyson Christina, Berghaus Roy, Jordan Brian, Pantin-Jackwood Mary, Hitchener Gavin, Franca Monique, Recombinant hemagglutinin glycoproteins provide insight into binding to host cells by H5 influenza viruses in wild and domestic birds, Virology, August 2020, doi: 10.1016/j.virol.2020.08.001
  • Zachary S. Lowman, Jimmy P. Jurgielewicz, Gavin R. Hitchener and Michael P. Martin, Case Report Effects of Mycotoxins on Meat Type Pekin Ducklings: A Case Report, International Journal of Poultry Science, November 2019.
  • Hanratty BM, Hitchener, GR, An Unusual Presentation of Salmonellosis In A Group of Young Khaki Campbell Ducklings (Anas Platyrhynchos Domesticus), ACVP Convention, December 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana, poster presentation (student section), December 2016.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP)
  • American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD)
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • Student Chapter, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Secretary 2009-2010; Member 2008-2012