Associate Professor of Parasitology
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dr. Adriano Vatta qualified as a veterinarian in 1998 from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and obtained an MSc (Veterinary Sciences) degree from the same university in 2001. In 2008, he was awarded a PhD (Rural Resource Management) from the University of KwaZuluNatal, South Africa. Adriano spent ten years in research in parasitology at Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, South Africa, with an emphasis on the diagnosis, treatment and management of gastrointestinal parasites of goats and sheep. His work focused on testing and validating technologies for worm control for use by small-scale farmers. This work included some of the first studies on the use of the FAMACHA© system for the management of barber pole worm infection in goats. Adriano also developed information materials for farmers to use to improve the overall management and health of their small ruminants. Subsequently, he spent two years in academia as an Assistant Professor of Parasitology at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, St. Kitts. After a brief period at the University of Georgia, where he worked on anthelmintic resistance in sheep parasites as well as the interaction of ivermectin and immune cells on heartworm in vitro, Adriano took up the position of Manager, Antiparasitics at Zoetis in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Here he currently works in the clinical development of antiparasitic products for livestock and companion animals.