David G Besselsen

Research Interests

David Besselsen, DVM, PhD, is the Director of University Animal Care (UAC) and the Attending Veterinarian for the University of Arizona. He is a board-certified specialist (Diplomate) in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Pathology. In addition to his administrative and service responsibilities, Dr. Besselsen is actively engaged in research through the provision of comparative pathology support for rodent and other animal models. He has directed UAC Pathology Services since his arrival at the UA in 1995 and has over 70 peer-reviewed publications. UAC Pathology Services provides diagnostic and comparative pathology support for the research animals and research animal facilities at the University of Arizona. Diagnostic pathology support is routinely provided for any research animals that become moribund or die unexpectedly. Anatomic and clinical pathology support for research projects, including comprehensive and targeted pathologic phenotyping of genetically altered rodents, are provided on a collaborative or paid service basis. Capabilities include hematology, blood chemistry, serum analyte quantitation, histologic preparation and interpretation, and others.