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Dr Dani Aberdein (Veterinary Pathology)

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Vet, Animal and Biomedical Sciences

After initially qualifying and practising as a lawyer, I completed my BVSc at Massey University in 2003. Following graduation I spent 2 years in clinical veterinary practice in New Zealand before returning to Massey to complete a residency in veterinary pathology and masters in 2007. During this time I also worked as a diagnostic laboratory pathologist for NZVP. I completed my PhD in 2013 and have been a lecturer in pathology (both clinical and anatomic) within the Pathobiology group at IVABS since November 2011. My doctoral research identified a new and fatal inherited disease (now known as “FALPS”) in British shorthair cats which causes lymphocyte proliferation and various autoimmune abnormalities. Recent research (2016) has identified the causative genetic defect of FALPS and the development of a genetic test to identify carriers of the disease, which is now available to cat breeders and owners through Massey University. My current research interests include FALPS as well as diseases of cats and dogs more generally, particularly feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) and lymphoma.

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Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 356 9099 X85208
    Location: 7.19, Vet Tower
    Campus: Turitea

Qualifications

  • MVS in Veterinary Pathology (with First Class hono - Massey University (2008)
  • BVSc (Dist) - Massey University (2004)
  • LLB (Hons) – First Class - Victoria University of Wellington (1994)
  • PhD - Massey University (2013)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Genetic diseases in cats

Feline autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (FALPS)

Injection site sarcomas in cats

Lymphoproliferative diseases and lymphoma in companion animals

Feline neoplasia

The role of genetic factors in the development of cancer in companion animals.

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP)

Cytology

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship, Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000):
Veterinary Pathology (070709): Veterinary Sciences (070700)

Keywords

Anatomic pathology

Histopathology

Cytology

Immunohistochemistry

Feline diseases

FALPS

Lymphoproliferative disease

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 3
Team Member 0 2

Research Outputs

Journal

Aberdein, D., Munday, JS., Dittmer, KE., Heathcott, RW., & Lyons, LA. (2017). Frequency of a FAS ligand gene variant associated with inherited feline autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome in British shorthair cats in New Zealand. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 65(6), 327-331
[Journal article]Authored by: Aberdein, D., Dittmer, K., Munday, J.
Mauler, DA., Gandolfi, B., Reinero, CR., O'Brien, DP., Spooner, JL., Lyons, LA., . . . Wildschutte, JH. (2017). Precision Medicine in Cats: Novel Niemann-Pick Type C1 Diagnosed by Whole-Genome Sequencing. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 31(2), 539-544
[Journal article]Authored by: Aberdein, D., Garrick, D., Munday, J.
Aberdein, D., Munday, JS., Gandolfi, B., Dittmer, KE., Malik, R., Garrick, DJ., . . . Lyons, LA. (2017). Erratum to: A FAS-ligand variant associated with autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome in cats (Mamm Genome, 28, 1, 2, (47-55), 10.1007/s00335-016-9668-1). Mammalian Genome. 28(3-4), 152-154
[Journal article]Authored by: Aberdein, D., Dittmer, K., Garrick, D., Munday, J.
Aberdein, D., Munday, JS., Gandolfi, B., Dittmer, KE., Malik, R., Garrick, DJ., . . . Warren, WC. (2017). A FAS-ligand variant associated with autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome in cats. Mammalian Genome. 28(1-2), 47-55
[Journal article]Authored by: Aberdein, D., Dittmer, K., Garrick, D., Munday, J.
Aberdein, D., Munday, JS., Fairley, RA., Vernau, W., & Thompson, KG. (2015). A Novel and Likely Inherited Lymphoproliferative Disease in British Shorthair Kittens. Veterinary Pathology. 52(6), 1176-1182
[Journal article]Authored by: Aberdein, D., Munday, J.
Hill, KE., Chambers, JP., Jones, BR., Bolwell, CF., Aberdein, D., & Mills, PC. (2015). Regional variations in percutaneous absorption of methimazole: An in vitro study on cat skin. Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 38(6), 616-618
[Journal article]Authored by: Aberdein, D., Bolwell, C., Chambers, J., Hill, K.
Hill, KE., Mills, PC., Jones, BR., Bolwell, CF., Aberdein, D., & Chambers, JP. (2015). Percutaneous absorption of methimazole: An in vitro study of the absorption pharmacokinetics for two different vehicles. Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 38(6), 581-589
[Journal article]Authored by: Aberdein, D., Bolwell, C., Chambers, J., Hill, K.
Hill, KE., Chambers, JP., Jones, BR., Bolwell, CF., Aberdein, D., & Mills, PC. (2015). Trans-pinnal movement of methimazole: an in vitro study showing that methimazole can cross from the inner to outer pinna of cats. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. 17(12), 1005-1011
[Journal article]Authored by: Aberdein, D., Bolwell, C., Chambers, J., Hill, K.
Munday, JS., & Aberdein, D. (2012). Loss of Retinoblastoma Protein, But Not p53, Is Associated With the Presence of Papillomaviral DNA in Feline Viral Plaques, Bowenoid In Situ Carcinomas, and Squamous Cell Carcinomas. Veterinary Pathology. 49(3), 538-545
[Journal article]Authored by: Aberdein, D., Munday, J.
Munday, JS., McKinnon, H., Aberdein, D., Collett, MG., Parton, K., & Thompson, KG. (2009). Cystitis, pyelonephritis, and urolithiasis in rats accidentally fed a diet deficient in vitamin A. Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. 48(6), 790-794
[Journal article]Authored by: Aberdein, D., Collett, M., Munday, J., Parton, K.
Weston, J., & Aberdein, D. (2008). Mesothelioma in a dairy cow. Dairy Cattle Vets Newsletter. 25(3), 0-0
[Journal article]Authored by: Aberdein, D., Weston, J.
Aberdein, D., Munday, JS., Dyer, CB., Knight, CG., French, AF., & Gibson, IR. (2007). Comparison of the histology and immunohistochemistry of vaccination-site and non-vaccination-site sarcomas from cats in New Zealand. New Zealand Veterinary Journal. 55(5), 203-207
[Journal article]Authored by: Aberdein, D., Munday, J.

Conference

Cabrera, D., Rogers, C., Wolber, F., Dittmer, K., RIdler, A., Aberdein, D., . . . Kruger, M. (2017). Associations between peripheral and central skeletal sites assessed by PQCT and DXA in a sheep model of osteoporosis induced by ovariectomy and induced by glucocorticoids. In Osteoporosis International Vol. 28 (pp. A139 - A139). , World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis & Musculoskeletal Diseases: Springer Verlag
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Aberdein, D., Dittmer, K., Kruger, M., Parkinson, T., Ridler, A., Rogers, C., Wolber, F.
Caberea, D., Wolber, F., Dittmer, KE., Ridler, A., Aberdein, D., Parkinson, T., . . . Chambers, P. (2016). Glucocorticoids affect bone loss in OVX sheep - a pilot study. , ANZBMS
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Aberdein, D., Dittmer, K., Parkinson, T., Ridler, A.
Dwyer, C., Pomroy, WE., Gedye, K., Dittmer, K., Roe, W., Aberdein, D., . . . Wehrne, A. (2014). Trichostrongylus askivali - a new record for alpacas in New Zealand. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand society for parasitology. Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Aberdein, D., Dittmer, K., Dwyer, C., Gedye, K., Pomroy, W., Roe, W.

Consultancy and Languages

Consultancy

  • 2011-current - Anexa FVC
    Cytology (slide reading) services - bovine uterine samples
  • 2011-2015 - New Zealand Veterinary Council
    Foreign graduate equivalency examiner (pathology)

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
CoSupervisor 2 0

Teaching

Veterinary Anatomic and Clinical Pathology I - 227.311 - Haeamtology

Veterinary Anatomic and Clinical Pathology II - 227.411 - Course co-ordinator and pathology of the hepatobiliary and reporductive systems

Veterinary Clinics - 227.511 - Necropsy rotation roster leader and varouis tutorials (lymph node and fluids cytology, skin tumours)

Current Doctoral Supervision

CoSupervisor of:

  • Herath Ariyarathna - PhD
    Prognostic impact of mast cell indices on canine mammary tumors
  • Marie Moinet - PhD
    Molecular & eco-epidemiology of leptospirosis at the wildlife-livestock-human interface in New-Zealand

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