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Maria Forzan, MVZ (DVM), PhD, DipACVP

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Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Wildlife Pathologist

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

Office: 607.253.3764
Fax: 607.253.xxxx

Research Interest

Investigating the pathogenesis and ecology of infectious diseases of wildlife, particularly amphibian chytrid fungi and ranaviruses.


  • Doctor of Philosophy – 2015 Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI
  • Dipl. of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists – 2004
  • Residency in Morphologic Veterinary Pathology - 2003  University of Connecticut, USA, and Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI, Canada
  • Master in Science - 2000  Atlantic Veterinary College, UPEI
  • Doctor in Veterinary Medicine - 1997

Biography/Professional Experience

  • Jan 2017-now WILDLIFE PATHOLOGIST Cornell’s Wildlife Health Laboratory
  • Sept 2015-Dec 2016 WILDLIFE PATHOLOGIST Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) and ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (AVC)
    Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), PEI
    Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), PEI
    Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre (now CWHC), Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), PEI
  • Jun 04-April 08 Finn Pathologists, UK  VETERINARY HISTOPATHOLOGIST
  • Oct 03-May 04 Atlantic Veterinary College, PEI  VETERINARY PATHOLOGIST
  • April 02-Sept 03 Atlantic Veterinary College, PEI  VETERINARY RESIDENT/CONTRACT PATHOLOGIST (CCWHC)
  • Sept 00-March 02 University of Connecticut, Dept. of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science  RESIDENT IN VETERINARY ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY
  • Aug 98-Aug 00 Atlantic Veterinary College, PEI.  MASTER’S STUDENT IN WILDLIFE PATHOLOGY
  • Sept 97-Apr 98 Criadero "El Oyameyo", Tlalpan, Mexico City  STAFF VETERINARIAN
  • Jun 97-Aug 97 The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, CA  EXTERN
  • Feb 97-May 97 African Safari Zoo, Valsequillo, Puebla  INTERN
  • Mar 96 Jan 97 Interlingua, S.A.  ENGLISH TEACHER
  • Mar 95 Nov 95 Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y Zootecnia, UNAM, C.U., Mexico City
  • Mar 94 Jul 94 San Juan de Aragón Zoo, Aragón, Mexico City  VOLUNTEER
  • Mar 92 Aug 92 "KENNEL" Veterinary Clinic, Mexico City  VETERINARY ASSISTANT


  1.  H Fenton, PY Daoust, MJ Forzán, RV Vanderstichel, JKB Ford, L Spaven, S Lair, S Raverty. Causes of mortality of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phoceona) along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Canada. DAO 201604002 in press
  2. MJ Forzán, KM Jones, E Ariel, RJ Whittington, J Wood, RJF Markham, PY Daoust. Pathogenesis of Frog Virus 3 (Ranavirus sp, Iridoviridae) infection in wood frogs, Rana sylvatica. VET-16-FLM-0178. In press
  3. MJ Forzán, J Heatley, KE Russell, B Horney. Clinical Pathology of Amphibians: A Review. VCP-16-2814 in press
  4. Pessier AP, MJ Forzán, JE Longcore, L Berger, L Rollins-Smith, L Skerratt. Letter to the editor: Comment on chytrid Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis fungal infection in freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii (de Man)-a new report. Aquaculture, 2017, 468(1):326-327
  5. CL White, MJ Forzán, AP Pessier, MC Allender, JR Ballard, A Catenazzi, H Fenton, A Martel, F Pasmans, DL Miller, RJ Ossiboff, KD Richgels, JL Kerby. Amphibian: A case definition and diagnostic criteria for Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans chytridiomycosis. Herpetological Review, 2016, 47(2):207-209
  6. MJ Forzán, TG Smith, RV Vanderstichel, NS Hogan, CV Gilroy. Hematological reference intervals for Rana sylvatica (Lithobates sylvaticus) and effect of infection with Frog Virus 3 (Ranavirus sp, Iridoviridae). Veterinary Clinical Pathology, 2016, 45(3):430-443
  7. LA Maxham, MJ Forzán, NS Hogan, RV Vanderstichel, CV Gilroy. Hematological reference intervals for Xenopus tropicalis with partial use of automatic counting methods and reliability of long-term stored samples. Veterinary Clinical Pathology 2016, 45(s):291-299 (MF corresponding author)
  8. H Fenton, MJ Forzán, M Desmarchelier, M Woodland, S Sayi, CV Gilroy. Poorly-differentiated cutaneous carcinoma of non-sebaceous origin in a three-year-old Mongolian gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus). Canadian Veterinary Journal, 2016, 57(1):80-83 (MF corresponding author)
  9. Forzán MJ, KM Jones, RV Vanderstichel, J Wood, FSB Kibenge, T Kuiken, W Wirth, E Ariel, P-Y Daoust. Clinical signs, pathology and dose-dependent survival of adult wood frogs, Rana sylvatica, inoculated orally with frog virus 3 (Ranavirus sp., Iridoviridae). Journal of General Virology, 2015, 96:1138-1149
  10. Vanderstichel, R., M.J. Forzán, G.E. Pérez, J.A. Serpell, and E. Garde. Changes in blood testosterone concentrations following surgical and chemical sterilization of male free-roaming dogs in southern Chile. Theriogenology, 2015,83(6):1021-1027
  11. McBurney S., W.K. Kelly-Clark, M.J. Forzán, B. Lawson, K.M. Tyler, S.J. Greenwood. Molecular characterization of Trichomonas gallinae isolates recovered from the Canadian Maritime provinces’ wild avifauna reveals the presence of the genotype responsible for the European finch trichomonosis epidemic and additional strains. Parasitology, 2015, 142(8):1053-1062
  12. Forzán, M.J., L.V. Ferguson, T.G. Smith. Calcium Oxalate Nephrolithiasis and Tubular Necrosis in Recent Metamorphs of Rana sylvatica (Lithobates sylvaticus) Fed Spinach During the Premetamorphic (Tadpole) Stage. Veterinary Pathology, 2015, 52(2):384-384 [doi: 0300985814535607]
  13. Forzán, M.J., E. Garde, G.E. Pérez, R.V. Vanderstichel. Necrosuppurative Orchitis and Scrotal Necrotizing Dermatitis Following Intratesticular Administration of Zinc Gluconate Neutralized with Arginine (EsterilSol™) in Two Mixed-breed Dogs. Veterinary Pathology, 2014, 51(4):820-823 [doi: 10.1177/0300985813505875]
  14. Forzán, M. J., Wood J. Low detection of ranavirus (PCR) in wild post-metamorphic green frogs, Rana (Lithobates) clamitans, despite previous or concurrent tadpole mortality. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2013, 49(4):879-886
  15. Kelly-Clark W.K., McBurney S., Forzán M.J., Desmarchelier M., Greenwood S.J. Detection and characterization of a Trichomonas isolate from a rehabilitated bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 2013, 44(4):1123-1126
  16. Forzán, M. J., R. V. Vanderstichel, C. T. Ogbuah, J. R, Barta, T. G. Smith. Blood collection from the facial (maxillary)/musculo-cutaneous vein in true frogs (family Ranidae), a practical technique. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2012, 48(1):176-180
  17. Lemon, M., Pack, L., Forzán M.J. Valvular Endocarditis and Septic Thrombosis Associated with a Radial Fracture in a Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis). Canadian Veterinary Journal, 2012, 53(1):79-82 (MF corresponding author)
  18. Gilroy, C., Forzán M., Drew A., Vernau W. Eosinophilia in a cat with acute leukemia. Canadian Veterinary Journal, 2011, 52:1004-1008
  19. Forzán, M.J., Vanderstichel, R.V., Hogan N.S., Teather K., Wood, J. Prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in three species of wild frogs on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 2010, 91(2):91-96
  20. Forzán, M.J., Vanderstichel, R.V., Melekhovets, Y. F., and McBurney, S. Trichomoniasis in finches from the Canadian Maritime provinces, an emerging disease. Canadian Veterinary Journal, 2009, 51(4):391-396
  21. Forzán, M.J., Gunn, H. and Scott, P. Chytridiomycosis in an Aquarium Population of Frogs: Diagnosis, Treatment and Control. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 2008, 39(3):406-411
  22. Forzán, M.J., and McClure J Aganglionosis is a 3-month-old Holstein calf. Canadian Veterinary Journal, 2005, 46:342-344
  23. Forzán, M. J., and Frasca, S. Systemic Toxoplasmosis in a 5-month-old beaver, Castor canadensis. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 2004, 35(1):113-115

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • American College of Veterinary Pathologists
  • PEI Veterinary Medical Association (VMA)/Canadian VMA
  • Canadian Herpetological Society
  • Atlantic Society of Fish and Wildlife Biologists
  • Wildlife Disease Association

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