Salvatore Frasca

Professor Emeritus


  • DIPL, 1999, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Board Certification in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology
  • PhD, 1998, Doctor of Philosophy, Pathobiology, Concentration: Pathology, Department of Pathobiology, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Connecticut
  • VMD, 1988, Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris, Magna Cum Laude, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • AB, 1984, Artium Baccalarius (Bachelor of Arts) with Distinction in All Subjects, Major: Biology and Society, College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University

Personal Statement

Sal is a veterinary pathologist with over 25 years demonstrable experience in the gross and microscopic interpretation of normal and lesioned tissues from a wide range of aquatic animals including teleosts, elasmobranchii, marine invertebrates, in particular crustaceans and cephalopod mollusks, marine birds, marine mammals, and sea turtles. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, board-certified in veterinary anatomic pathology, and he spent the constructive and influential times of his career at the University of Connecticut, where he was a faculty member for nearly 20 years and created a program in aquatic animal pathology. In June of 2017, he was hired by the University of Florida as part of its Preeminence Initiative in One Health and served as Professor of Aquatic Pathology at its College of Veterinary Medicine. In August of 2020, he returned to the University of Connecticut to become Director of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, the AAVLD-accredited and NAHLN-member diagnostic laboratory serving the State of Connecticut, New England, and the nation. Sal’s investigative and research focuses involve the development and application of molecular diagnostic tests for pathogen characterization and the utilization of molecular histotechnologies to decipher patterns of differential gene transcription for translational applications. He retired from state service at the beginning of 2022 to pursue interests in aquatic and investigative pathology and is a consultant veterinary pathologist for ZooQuatic Laboratory, LLC. Sal earned an A.B. from the College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University, V.M.D. from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. in Pathobiology from the University of Connecticut, where he completed his residency in veterinary anatomic pathology. He is Professor Emeritus with the University of Connecticut. He serves as Special Graduate Faculty for the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, and has served in the same capacity for the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Canada. He is a longstanding instructor in the Aquavet program, having been recognized for 25 years of distinguished service by the Aquavet faculty.

Salvatore Frasca Jr., VMD, PhD, DACVP (he/his/him)

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