Department of Comparative Pathobiology (CPB)


Improving the Health of Humans and Animals

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Comparative Pathobiology is the study of disease phenomena basic to all species including humans, at the molecular, cellular, organismal and ecosystem level. Our faculty, staff and students are involved in research and learning in a variety of areas including pathobiology, infectious diseases and vaccines, cancer biology, nanomedicine, toxicology, disease surveillance and human-animal interactions.
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Candace Croney, PhD

Candace Croney, PhD

DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR ANIMAL WELFARE SCIENCE AND PROFESSOR, ANIMAL BEHAVIOR AND WELL-BEING
Dr. Candace Croney's goal is to generate new information about best care practices for agricultural and companion animals.  She uses animals' behavioral, cognitive and physical health responses to evaluate their quality of life, focusing on dogs in commercial breeding kennels, confined cats, and farmed pigs. She also studies to understand the ethical implications of animal care and use decisions, and public perceptions of animal agriculture, animal welfare and related policies.  The results of her studies are used by educators, farmers, retailers, restaurant chains, pet industry groups, governmental and non-governmental organizations focused on improving animal welfare and public outreach.  Her research on canine welfare recently resulted in a new national certification program that sets rigorous standards for the care of dogs and puppies by professional dog breeders.

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