Professor of Parasitology
Department of Infectious Diseases



College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602


Dr. Rap Kaplan is a Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. Dr. Kaplan received his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and his DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  He worked as a clinical veterinarian in a mixed-species private practice in Pennsylvania for several years before leaving practice for the University of Florida where he earned a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology.  Prior to his position at University of Georgia, Dr. Kaplan served in the Army Veterinary Corps at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research where he was Chief of Parasite Biology in the Division of Experimental Therapeutics.  Since 1998 he has been in his current position where he teaches and performs research and service in veterinary parasitology.  Dr. Kaplan’s research program is focused on measuring, understanding, and solving the problem of drug resistance in helminth parasites.  He is a Diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (Parasitology) and the European Veterinary Parasitology College, and is past President of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists.  Dr. Kaplan also is recipient of the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, the University of Georgia Charles N. Dobbins Award for Excellence in Service, the Dr. Fred C. Davison Award for outstanding service to veterinary medicine, and in 2018 was awarded the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists – Boehringer Ingelheim Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award.