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Dr. Patricia Wakenell on Pet Life Radio........

..Dr. Patricia Wakenell.............................


Some might say that suburbia is going to the birds…to be precise, to the chickens.  More and more people are keeping chickens as pets with benefits…fresh eggs for breakfast.  But keeping chickens as feathered friends isn’t all that it is cracked up to be.  With some help from my guest however, veterinarian Patricia Wakenell, we will learn how to crow with the success of having healthy pets and healthy people who care for them.

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PATRICIA WAKENELL, DVM, PhD is an Associate Professor of Avian Diagnostics in the Dept. of Comparative Pathobiology and Co- Head of Avian Diagnostics at Purdue University’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (2008 – present).  Approximately 50% of Dr. Wakenell’s time is spent performing on-farm visits of which 40% are with backyard / urban farms.  She offers 3-4 3 week clinical blocks in poultry medicine for senior veterinary students, and is the founder and head of the Purdue University Poultry Diagnostic Medicine endowed residency program.

Previously she served as the Chief of the Poultry Medical Service, taught 7 courses and conducted research in embryo vaccination, genetics, and pathology at the University of California-Davis (1990-2008).  Dr. Wakenell received her B.S, in horticulture, and DVM from Michigan State University.  She practiced veterinary medicine (all species) in Massachusetts and Michigan and then returned to MSU for a residency in pathology (all species including human) in 1980.  Dr. Wakenell received a Ph.D. in pathology from MSU and the USDA Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory in 1985, writing a doctoral thesis on embryo vaccination.  She became board certified in veterinary clinical pathology and served as Director of Poultry Research and IACOC veterinarian at Sanofi Animal Health.  Dr. Wakenell is a past president of the Western Poultry Disease Conference and the American Association of Avian Pathologists. 

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