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Donal O'Toole

Donal O’Toole was born in Ireland and remains an Irish citizen.  He obtained a veterinary degree from Trinity College Dublin in 1977.  He received a PhD in anatomic pathology at Colorado State University (CSU) in 1982.  He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in the United Kingdom, and a member of the European College of Pathologists.  In 1990 he fled Mrs. Thatcher strident voice and began working at the University of Wyoming after 5 years as a pathologist with the British Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and 2 years as a clinical veterinarian outside London. For the past 29 years he has been a professor and diagnostic pathologist in the Department of Veterinary Sciences. He is a former director of the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory and past president of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD).  He served as chairman of UW’s faculty senate in 2018 – 19 and currently serves ex officio on the executive.  He lectures on food animal disease for the CL Davis Pathology Program in Latin American.  Research interests are two infectious conditions of cattle and various inherited disorders of domestic animals.  He has published >100 peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 book chapters. He teaches upper division courses to undergraduates in diseases of horses, diseases of food animals and, in the recent past, mammalian pathology.  He runs an externship program for 3rd and 4th year veterinary students, primarily from American veterinary schools, to encourage graduates to explore careers in diagnostic medicine. Multiple former externs have gone on for specialist training, most in anatomical pathology (ACVP certification) or related fields. For entertainment, he gardens, reads, walks his faithful companion (Crow the Dog) and plots the end of Western Civilization.
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