Salvatore Frasca

Salvatore Frasca

Phone: (860) 377-8084


  • DIPL 1999 Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Board Certification in veterinary anatomical pathology.
  • PhD 1998 Doctor of Philosophy, Pathobiology, Concentration: Pathology, Department of Pathobiology, University of Connecticut.
  • VMD 1988 Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • AB 1984 Artium Baccalarius (Bachelor of Arts) Major: Biology and Society, College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University.


  • 2014 Letter of commendation from the Provost for excellence in teaching
  • 2014 Twenty Years Outstanding Contributions to the Aquavet Program
  • 2013 Promotion to Full Professor
  • 2007 Fifteen Years Outstanding Service Award, Aquavet I Faculty
  • 2004 Promotion to Associate Professor and Granted Tenure
  • 2003 Junior Faculty Award, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources,
  • 2002 Ten Years Outstanding Service Award, Aquavet I Faculty
  • 1999-Hired as Assistant Professor, Faculty Research and Diagnostic Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist, Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
  • Jan1998-Dec1998 Post-Doctoral Fellow in Pathology, Department of Pathobiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
  • Aug1993-Apr1998 Resident and PhD Student in Veterinary Pathology, Department of Pathobiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
  • Aug1992-Aug1993 Veterinary Intern, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT.

Courses Taught

  • Coordinator, Residency Training Program in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology, 2010-Present
  • Instructor of Principles of Pathobiology, UConn PVS 4300, Spring 2011-Present
  • Instructor of Histologic Structure and Function, UConn PVS 3100, Fall 2008–Fall 2011
  • Instructor of Biomedical Issues in Pathobiology, UConn PVS 1000, Spring 2001-Spring 2008
  • Co-Instructor of Veterinary Pathology Seminar, UConn PVS 5394, 2010-Present
  • Co-Instructor of Practicum in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology, UConn PVS 5392, 2010-Present
  • Instructor of Diseases of Finfish and Shellfish, UConn PVS 4351, not offered at this time
  • Lecturer in Aquavet I, an Introduction to Aquatic Animal Medicine, and Aquavet II. Currently offered by the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University

Research Interests

My research focuses on molecular characterization of atypical bacterial, fungal and protozoal infectious agents in order to understand the pathogenesis of disease in non-mammalian and aquatic animal hosts. To this end, previous and current research interests have included the following: molecular characterization of paramoebiases in American lobste, ultrastructural, antigenic and molecular characterization of chlamydia-like bacteria in cultured salmonids, molecular mycobacterial diagnostics, molecular systematics and comparative pathology of melanized fungal infections (phaeohyphomycosis), comparative pathology of mycoplasmosis in poultry with emphasis on vaccine development and characterization of virulence determinants.

Diagnostic Interests

My service responsibilities include diagnostic anatomic pathology of non-domestic and domestic animal species as a senior veterinary pathologist of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (CVMDL). My diagnostic interests focus on the anatomic pathology of non-mammalian aquarium, zoo, wildlife and aquatic species, e.g. finfish, marine mammals and invertebrates with emphasis on descriptive comparative pathology, ultrastructural and molecular characterization of pathogens and identification of molecular markers for infectious disease detection.

Academic Interests

My primary academic interest is the didactic and active teaching of comparative anatomic pathology to undergraduates, graduate students and veterinary residents. I have a strong commitment to teaching veterinary anatomic pathology to veterinarians in the context of the Department's combined Master of Science/Residency training program in veterinary anatomic pathology, with the goal of preparing trainees to pass the certification examination of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.


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