James C. Wright, DVM, PhD, DACVPM
Department of Pathobiology
Dr. Jim Wright has been at Auburn University since 1985. He received his B.S. in biology at Virginia Tech in 1971 and a D.V.M. from The University of Georgia in 1974. After graduating from Georgia, Dr. Wright was in private practice in Virginia for two years. He then entered graduate school at the University of Missouri, Columbia where he received an M.S. and Ph.D. in microbiology. His thesis and dissertation work involved studies of the epidemiology of Aujeszky’s disease (pseudorabies) in swine. Following graduate school, Dr. Wright joined the Department of Parasitology, Microbiology and Public Health at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma where he taught public health and epidemiology.
Research Excellence Award, Special recognition for outstanding faculty support of research. Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, 2010
Pre-harvest food safety
In the past, Dr. Wright’s research interests have involved both vector-borne diseases and the zoonoses including Lyme disease, West Nile virus, and bluetongue. He also was involved in studies on the use of an intradermal rabies vaccine for humans. Presently he is a member of a pre-harvest food safety research group studying novel methods for the reduction of salmonella shedding in calves. The goal of this work is to develop tools to reduce the shedding of these agents in calves, treat disease, increase production efficiency and protect the food supply. This group also is investigating the movement of different serovars of salmonella among different animal species using environmental sampling.
At Oklahoma State Dr. Wright taught courses in public health and biometry. Primary teaching interests in the D.V.M. curriculum at Auburn involve public health, disaster medicine for veterinarians, wildlife diseases and epidemiology. He also helps to direct the undergraduate public health minor program at Auburn where he teaches an introductory course in Epidemiology and is the lead instructor for a service learning course, Observing Needs in Public Health. Dr. Wright also teaches a graduate course in epidemiology with an emphasis on clinical epidemiology.