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Thomas E. Cecere, DVM, PhD, DACVP–Anatomic Pathology

Associate Professor
  • Anatomic Pathology
Thomas Cecere
Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology
VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
205 Duck Pond Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

PhD, Viral Immunology, 2012
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

MSVM, Anatomic Pathology, 2008|
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 2005
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

BS, Biochemistry, 2001
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

Associate of Science, 1999
Virginia Western Community College
Roanoke, VA

  • American College of Veterinary Pathologists—Anatomic Pathology, 2008

  • Swine infectious diseases
  • Microbial immunology
  • Diagnostic pathology
  • Pedagogy

2019–present
Associate Professor of Anatomic Pathology

Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2012–2019
Assistant Professor of Anatomic Pathology

Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2009–2012
Fellow, NIH T32 Animal Model Research for Veterinarians Program

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2008–2009
Virginia Tech Cunningham Doctoral Scholar

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2005–2008
Anatomic Pathology Residency

North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Raleigh, NC

  • American College of Veterinary Pathologists
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
  • Virginia Veterinary Medical Association
  • Charles Louis Davis Foundation for the Advancement of Veterinary and Comparative Pathology
  1. Cecere TE, Todd SM, LeRoith T. Regulatory T cells in arterivirus and coronavirus infections: do they protect against or enhance disease? Viruses. 2012 May; 4(5): 833-46.
  2. Cecere TE, Meng, XJ, Pelzer KD, Todd SM, Beach NM, Ni YY, LeRoith T. Co-infection of porcine dendritic cells with porcine circovirus type 2a (PCV2a) and genotype II porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) induces CD4+CD25+FoxP3+ T cells in vitro. 2012. Veterinary Microbiology – in press.
  3. Smith EA, Kumar S, Deventhiran J, Cecere T, LeRoith T, McGilliard M, Elankumaran S, Mullarky I. A Time Course for Susceptibility to Staphylococcus aureus Respiratory Infection during Influenza in a Swine Model. Influenza Research and Treatment, Volume 2011, doi:10.1155/2011/846910.
  4. LeRoith T, Hammond S, Todd SM, Ni Y, Cecere T, Pelzer KD. A modified live PRRSV vaccine and the pathogenic parent strain induce regulatory T cells in pigs naturally infected with Mycoplasma hyopneumoniaeVeterinary Immunology and Immunopathology. 2011 Apr 15;140(3-4):312-6.
  5. Brown DL, Van Winkle T, Cecere T, Rushton S, Brachelente C, Cullen JM. Congenital hepatic fibrosis in 5 dogs. Veterinary Pathology. 2010 Jan;47(1):102-7.
  6. J. E. Carter, J. L. Tarigo, W. Vernau, T. E. Cecere, R. L. Hovis, S. E. Suter. Erythrophagocytic low-grade extranodal T-cell lymphoma in a cat. Veterinary Clinical Pathology. 2008 Dec;37(4):416-21.
  7. Hill TL, Breitschwerdt EB, Cecere T, Vaden S. Concurrent Hepatic Copper Toxicosis and Fanconi's syndrome in a dog. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 2008 Jan-Feb; 22(1):219-22.