Former Professor of Parasitology

BSc, MSc, PhD (Guelph)

Dr. Rick Cawthorn retired from UPEI on June 30, 2013, having served 28 years as an AVC faculty member. He was a founding member of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (arriving July 1, 1985), and founding Director of the AVC Lobster Science Centre (August 1, 2000 -­‐ December 31, 2006). Throughout his tenure at UPEI, Rick has been known for the "infectious" enthusiasm that he used to form and maintain collaborative research teams. He was also able to carry that enthusiasm to the classroom, making him a highly effective teacher, and he also has been highly effective at the various levels of university governance. He thus leaves a void that will not be easy to fill. Rick received his BSc (Honours of Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, 1973), MSc (Parasitology, 1976) and PhD (Parasitology, 1979) all from the University of Guelph. He began his academic career as an Assistant Professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan (1980-­‐1985), and was recruited to join AVC in 1985 as an Associate Professor. He was tenured in 1990 and promoted to Full Professor in 1992. As an AVC founding faculty member, he was involved in the college development including equipping the facility, setting up the curriculum, hiring of faculty and staff, and integration of the AVC with the rest of the university. Rick established the first academic
research program in lobster health, which morphed into the AVC Lobster Science Centre, and has trained many graduate students at both MSc and PhD levels. A primary accomplishment of this initiative was to introduce the science of veterinary medicine to all levels of the Canadian lobster fishery (from ocean to plate) and related crustacean fisheries, thus helping to continue the branding of AVC as "The Fish Vet School". After his retirement, Rick was appointed Adjunct and Graduate Faculty in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology. Rick moved to Alberta to be
near his family and to work on his 'bucket list', especially hunting and fishing. Additionally, he is pursuing part-­‐time teaching opportunities and will continue collaborative research with colleagues at AVC.

Research Classification

  • no classification

Research Interests

  • Pathogens of crustacea (i.e. lobsters, snow crabs, shrimp)
  • Parasitology (especially protozoology)
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