Richard C. Weiss, VMD, PhD
Department of Pathobiology
Dr. Richard C. Weiss, associate professor of pathobiology, earned the V.M.D. degree in 1973 from the University of Pennsylvania and the Ph.D. degree in 1981 from Cornell University. He was engaged in small animal practice for three years prior to completing a veterinary pathology residency and graduate studies at Cornell. After obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Weiss was employed as a staff research scientist at Syntex Corporation from 1981-1984 and helped develop a vaccine against feline leukemia virus. Dr. Weiss joined the faculty at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985 as a joint appointee in the Department of Pathobiology and the Scott Ritchey Research Center where he established a research program in feline virus disease. He has over 50 publications in the area of feline virology and immunology and is recognized nationally for his expertise in studying feline infectious peritonitis. More recently, Dr. Weiss has focused on diagnostic pathology and teaching responsibilities in the Department of Pathobiology. Dr. Weiss is listed in Who’s Who in Veterinary Medicine.
My major emphasis has been in the area of viral pathogenesis, antiviral immunity, and treatment of feline viral diseases, particularly feline coronavirus and retrovirus infections (FIP, FeLV, FIV) with antiviral and immunomodulatory drugs.