Faculty Profile

Danielle D. Nelson

Danielle D. Nelson

Associate Professor, WADDL Necropsy Section Head


  • Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology
    Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL)

Affiliated Organizations:

  • American College of Veterinary Pathologists
  • American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
  • Wildlife Disease Association 

Office Phone: 509-335-6023


Education & Training:

  • B.A. Stanford University, CA, USA
  • D.V.M. Washington State University, WA, USA
  • Ph.D. Washington State University, WA, USA
  • Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists
VM656 Diagnostics Rotation Course Coordinator

General Research / Expertise:

Infectious disease of wild ruminants and fish

Research Contributions:

  • Aquatics Diagnostic Pathology Service Group, WADDL: specialized diagnostic and collaborative research service with Dr. Kevin Snekvik and Dr. Allan Pessier.
  • Wild Small Ruminant Diagnostic Pathology Service, WADDL: specialized diagnostic and collaborative research service with Dr. Kyle Taylor.
Select Publications
  • Twibell RG, Gannam AL, Barron JM, Wing K, Hanson KC, Peterson DP, Balmer BF, Nelson DD. (2017) Effects of dietary lipid and light source on steatitis in steelhead, Oncorhynchus mykiss Aquaculture 479: 370-377. PMID: PMCID: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2017.06.009
  • Wolff PL, Schroeder C, McAdoo C, Cox M, Nelson DD, Evermann JF, Ridpath JF (2016) Evidence of Bovine viral diarrhea virus Infection in Three Species of Sympatric Wild Ungulates in Nevada: Life History Strategies May Maintain Endemic Infections in Wild Populations. Front Microbiol doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00292 PMID: 27014215 PMCID: PMC4783583
  • 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 PMCID:
  • 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 PMCID:
  • 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 PMCID: