Faculty Profile

Danielle Nelson

Danielle Nelson

Pathologist and Necropsy Section Head, Clinical Assistant Professor


Office Phone: 509-335-6023



  • Residency: Veterinary Anatomic Pathology, Washington State University, USA
  • PhD: Veterinary Microbiology, Washington State University, USA
  • DVM: Washington State University, USA
  • BA: Stanford University, CA, USA


Biopsy and necropsy services for the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory


VM546 Veterinary Systemic Pathology
VPa 542 Advanced Diagnostic Pathology
VPa 592 Anatomic Pathology Seminar
VM 656 Diagnostic Block
Veterinary Anatomic Pathology Resident Training

Scholarly Interests

Infectious diseases of ruminants and fish

Select Publications

  • Nelson DD, Dark MJ, Bradway DS, Ridpath JF, Call N, Haruna J, Rurangirwa FR, Evermann JF (2008) Evidence for persistent Bovine viral diarrhea virus infection in a captive mountain goat (Oreamnos americanus). Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 20:752–759 PMID: 18987224
  • Nelson DD, Davis WC, Brown WC, Li H, O’Toole D, Oaks JL (2010) CD8(+)/perforin(+)/WC1(-) gammadelta T cells, not CD8(+) alphabeta T cells, infiltrate vasculitis lesions of American bison (Bison bison) with experimental sheep-associated malignant catarrhal fever. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology 136(3-4):284-91. doi: 10.1016/j.vetimm.2010.03.023. Epub 2010 Apr 1. PMID: 20413164
  • Byers S, Barrington G, Nelson D, Haldorson G, Holt T, Callan R. (2011) Neurological causes of diaphragmatic paralysis in 11 alpacas (Vicugna pacos). J Vet Intern Med. 25(2):380-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-1676.2010.0661.x. Epub 2011 Jan 31. PMID: 21281346 PMID: 21281346
  • Nelson DD, Taus NS, Schneider DA, Cunha CW, Davis WC, Brown WC, Li H, O'Toole D, Oaks JL (2013) Fibroblasts express OvHV-2 capsid protein in vasculitis lesions of American bison (Bison bison) with experimental sheep-associated malignant catarrhal fever. Vet Microbiol. 166(3-4):486-92. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2013.07.021. Epub 2013 Jul 31 PMID: 23953727
  • Subramaniam R, Shanthalingam S, Bavananthasivam J, Kugadas A, Raghavan B, Batra SA, Rodriguez J, Tibary A, Nelson DD, Potter KA, Foreyt WJ, Srikumaran S (2014) Bighorn sheep x domestic sheep hybrids survive Mannheimia haemolytica challenge in the absence of vaccination. Veterinary Microbiology 170: 278-283. DOI: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2014.01.032 PMID: 24629771
  • Nelson DD, Haldorson GJ, Stanton JB, Noh SM, Bradway DS, Mansfield KG, Baszler TV (2014) Francisella tularensis infection without lesions in gray tree squirrels (Sciurus griseus): a diagnostic challenge. J Vet Diagn Invest. 26(2):312-5. doi: 10.1177/1040638713520541 PMID: 24557750
  • Nelson DD, Duprau JL, Wolff PL, Evermann JF (2016) Persistent Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus Infection in Domestic and Wild Small Ruminants and Camelids Including the Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus). Front Microbiol doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01415. Review. PMID: 26779126 PMCID: PMC4703785