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Dr. Justin Brown 


In January of 2014, Dr. Justin Brown was hired as the wildlife veterinarian for the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife Management. He is responsible for all matters that relate to wildlife health, including support for research studies, forensic advice to the Bureau of Wildlife Protection, and management of the wildlife pharmaceutical program. Justin is based out of the Animal Diagnostic Laboratory at Penn State University, where he is the Commission's liaison with the Departments of Agriculture and Health and the state veterinary laboratory system (PADLS).


Justin received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and attended veterinary school at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout veterinary school, he conducted an independent research project examining a disease syndrome of wild box turtles called aural abscesses and its potential link to organochlorine pesticides in the environment. After veterinary school, Justin received a Ph.D. in veterinary pathology from the University of Georgia. His graduate work focused on the potential for Asian H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses to infect, cause disease, and be spread by migratory waterfowl.


Justin worked as a wildlife disease diagnostician and research scientist at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study (SCWDS) for 9 years. SCWDS is a regional wildlife disease laboratory based out of the University of Georgia that provides diagnostic and research support for states throughout the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast (including Pennsylvania). During his years at SCWDS, Justin conducted research on various diseases, including avian influenza viruses in wild waterbirds, parvoviruses of carnivores, retroviruses of wild turkeys, and a variety of diseases of white-tailed deer. As a wildlife disease diagnostician, he conducted necropsies on everything from tadpoles to birds to bears. 


Justin, his wife, and their two boys live outside of State College.