September 22, 2011
Frederick (Ted) Leighton is the Executive Director of the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre, a science centre for wildlife disease surveillance, management, research and teaching among Canada’s five veterinary colleges, governments, and non-government organizations. He received an AB degree from Cornell University in 1970 and a DVM from the University of Saskatchewan in 1979, after which he did post-graduate study in veterinary pathology at Cornell University leading to a PhD in 1984. Dr. Leighton joined the faculty of the Department of Veterinary Pathology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 1984 and became Department Head in 1988.
Dr. Leighton’s research and publications have included pathology and epidemiology of non-infectious and infectious diseases of wild animals, disease surveillance, disease management, and interpretation of science to the general public. Current research includes influenza A viruses in wild birds, disease surveillance, and epidemic disease in double-crested cormorants.