Heather Broughton is a wildlife disease ecologist, veterinarian, and anatomy and physiology instructor who earned a BS in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from University of Wyoming, as well as a DVM and a PhD in Integrative Biology with a focus in Disease Ecology from Oregon State University. Currently she is an instructor at Oregon State University – Cascades, where she also conducts research examining in-host and community–level associations between parasites, as well as their potential health ramifications for wildlife, domestic animals, and humans. This focus is a continuation of her PhD research, which focused on the impacts of an immunosuppressive virus, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, for health, immunity, and secondary infections in wild African lions (Panthera leo) of southern Africa. In addition to her primary research, Heather has also been involved with studies characterizing infection prevalence of parasites and pathogens in feral cats; immune impacts of Mycobacterium bovis (bovine tuberculosis) in Cape buffalo; as well as helping with other side projects examining Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae in big horn sheep and river and crocodile health in South Africa.
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