Dr. Jocelyn Romano
Resident 2011-13, Poultry Health Management
Master of Specialized Veterinary Medicine (MSpVM) 2011-13
- BA - Biology/Chemistry, State University of New York at Potsdam, 1997
- MS - Secondary Science Education, State University of New York at Potsdam, 1999
- PhD - Environmental Toxicology, Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment, 2007
- DVM - North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2011
In 2007, I started vet school after completing a PhD in environmental toxicology. It was my intent to ultimately specialize in veterinary toxicology and to continue my previous research investigating the role environmental contaminants play in vulnerable species, specifically those of birds. Throughout veterinary school and my current residency program in Poultry Health Management, I’ve taken advantage of many avian-focused classes, lectures, and seminars in an attempt to better understand disease origin, pathogenesis, and prevention. I feel this is an integral step in addressing some of the major problems plaguing the poultry industry today.
We’re bombarded daily with news articles that read “Antibiotic Use in Poultry”, “Drug Residues and Resistance”, and the “Effects of Large Scale Poultry Production on the Environment”. We, as veterinarians and scientists, have only just scratched the surface with regard to understanding the significance and true impact of these issues, yet local and federal legislation mandating changes in how we treat and raise poultry is occurring at much more alarming rate. With my background in environmental toxicology and my current occupation as a poultry veterinarian, I feel I’m in a unique position to combine my skill sets and use them in developing solutions for some of our most concerning problems.
My current research is focused on identifying the possible role that Adenoviruses play in immunosuppression in various species of poultry. I hope to shed some light on the potential role these viruses play in: (1) birds undergoing concurrent immunosuppressive events, (2) the development of secondary infections, and (3) poultry economics.
I look forward to career in poultry medicine that will allow me to better understand how biological and chemical agents, environmental conditions, and current technologies influence the poultry industry. It is only when armed with this knowledge that we will be able to grow a healthier, more humane, and economically affordable bird.