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Maria E. Prado, MV, PhD, DACVIM

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Tennessee
2407 River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4545
Phone: (865) 755-8252
FAX: (865) 974-5773


  • MV (DVM) -- University of Zulia, 1987
  • PhD -- Oklahoma State University, 2003


  • ECFVG -- Oklahoma State University, 1992 - 1993
  • Internship -- Oklahoma State University, 1994
  • Residency -- Oklahoma State University, 1995 - 1998
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow -- Oklahoma State University, 2003 - 2004

Board Certification

  • Diplomate – American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine ACVIM - Specialty Large Animal, 2000


  • AS380 Animal Health Management


  • Dean’s List (1985, 1986)
  • Outstanding Clinical Service and Emergency Duty (1998)
  • Dr. Doug Armstrong Memorial Scholarship Award (1999)

Private Practice Experience

  • Bovine Exclusive: Staff Veterinarian – ATACOSO Farms, Santa Barbara, Zulia, Venezuela (1988-1989)
  • Mixed Animal: Relief Veterinarian – Southwest Veterinary Clinic, Elgin, OK (1993), and Animal Wellness Center, Oklahoma City, OK (1993-1995)
  • Mixed Animal: Associate Veterinarian, Perkins Veterinary Clinic, Perkins, OK (1994-1995)
  • Small Animal: Relief Veterinarian, Baker Animal Clinic, Stillwater, OK, (1998-2004)

Clinical Interests

  • Neonatology, infectious diseases (Bovine Respiratory Complex), urolithiasis, small ruminants and camelids

Research Interests

  • Molecular pathogenesis of food-borne pathogens. Identification of potential targets for vaccine/chemotherapeutic agent development

Professional Societies

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • American Society of Microbiology


Peer-reviewed Journals
  • Prado ME, Prado TM, Payton ME, Confer AW, "Maternally and naturally acquired-antibodies to Mannheimia haemolytica and Pasteurella multocida A:3 in beef calves". Accepted Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology. E-pub ahead of print Dec 27, 2005
  • Prado ME, Dabo SM, Confer AW.(2005) "Immunogenicity of iron-regulated outer membrane proteins of Pasteurella multocida A:3 in cattle: molecular characterization of the immunodominant heme acquisition system receptor (HasR) protein”. Vet Microbiol Feb 25105(3-4):269-280. E-pub 2005 Jan 20.
  • Prado ME, Confer AW. Review:Pasteurella multocida in cattle. In preparation for submission to Animal Health Research Reviews.
  • Mark Payton, Jean M. d’Offay,Maria E. Prado, Darla H. Black, Gary L. White, R. Eberle. (2004) "Natural History of Herpesviruses in a Baboon Breeding Colony". Comp Med Dec54(6):695-704.
  • Prado TM, Morgan GL, Prado ME,Bahr RJ, Streeter RN, Emmert G. (2002) "Case Report: Urethrovaginal Fistula in a Llama", The Bovine Practitioner, 36(1):22-26
  • Washburn KE, Streeter RN, Saliki JT, Lehenbauer TW, Prado ME. (2001) "Photodynamic Inactivation of an RNA Enveloped Virus in Goat Colostrum". Small Ruminant Research, 42 (1):31-37
  • Prado ME, Streeter RN, Mandsager R, Shawley R., P. Larry Claypool. (1999) "Pharmacologic Effects of Epidural Versus Intramuscular Administration of Detomidine in Cattle". AJVR, 60(10):1242-1247
Books & Proceedings
  • Streeter RN, Prado ME. (1999) "Bloat or Rumen Tympany". In CURRENT VETERINARY THERAPY 4:Food Animal Practice. W.B. Saunders Company, 512-514
  • Prado ME. (2001). "Recent Advances in Understanding Pasteurella multocida Immunity in Cattle". XIX ACVIM Forum, Denver, CO.
  • Prado ME and Confer AW. (2003). "Pasteurella multocida: From Virulence Factors to Potential Immunogens". XXI ACVIM Forum, Charlotte, NC.
GenBank submissions
  • Prado, M.E., Dabo, S.M. and Confer, A.W. 2004. Pasteurella multocida subsp.multocida Heme acquisition system receptor (HasR). GenBankAccession Number AAU29202
  • Luther, D. A., R. A. Almeida, H. M.Park, M. J. Lewis, M. E. Prado, and S. P. Oliver. 2005. Streptococcus uberis adhesion gene, sua, encodingStreptococcus uberis adhesion molecule. GenBank AccessionNumber DQ232760

Professional Activities

  • Credentials Committee: ACVIM (2002 to 2005). Subcommittee chair 2004


  • Fluent in oral and written Spanish and English.