Francisco A. Uzal


Dr. Francisco Uzal is a veterinary pathologist, who graduated as a DVM at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, in 1982. He got a MSc degree in Pathology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden, in 1989 and his PhD in Pathobiology at the University of Queensalnd, Australia, in 1998. He also completed his Post-Doc at the University of Queensland (1988). He is also a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and a member of the Examination Committee of that College.

Dr. Uzal is currently (since 2001) a Professor of Veterinary Pathology at the Veterinary School of the University of California-Davis and he is also the Branch Chief of the San Bernardino Branch of the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory (within the Veterinary School). He is the coordinator of the Post-Mortem Program for the California Horse Racing Board, a program through which every horse that dies or it is euthanized in a facility under the jurisdiction of the Board is subjected to post-mortem examination. More than 6,500 horses have been necropsied to date through this program.

He is internationally recognized for his research on diseases produced by clostridia, which he has studied since the late 80s. His long-term research interest has centered on animal models, pathology, pathogenesis and diagnosis of diseases produced by clostridia, with special emphasis on enteric infections, including Clostridium perfringens and Clostridium difficile.
He has published > 200 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and several books and book chapters, including the Alimentary chapter for the 6th edition of Maxie’s Jubb, Kennedy and Palmer’s Pathology of Domestic Animals (Grant Maxie editor; Elsevier publisher), and the book “Clostridial Diseases of Animals” (Uzal, Songer, Prescott, Popoff editors; Willy Blackwell publisher). Dr. Uzal is a member of the Organizing Committee of the Clospath meeting, which is the premier international conference series concerning the pathogenic clostridia. He is an Editor of the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation and of Anaerobe and the vice-presidents of the CL Davis Foundation.