Branson W. Ritchie, DVM, PhD, University of Georgia

Branson W. Ritchie, DVM, PhD
Branson W. Ritchie, DVM, PhD

Dr. Ritchie's research team has developed serological tests and DNA probes for beak-and-feather disease and polyoma diseases as well as diagnostic tests for avian adenovirus. He has isolated and characterized the viruses that cause psittacine beak-and-feather disease and PVD disease. His research group has also developed a vaccine for Pacheco's disease, Chlamydia, and polyomavirus, which causes a fatal disease in psittacine birds.



  1. Ritchie BW, Niagro FD, Latimer KS, Steffens WL, Pesti D, Aron L, Lukert PD. Production and characterization of monoclonal antibodies to psittacine beak and feather disease virus. J Vet Diagn Invest. 1992 Jan;4(1):13-8.