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Matthew C Allender

Assistant Professor, Veterinary Clinical Medicine
Director, Wildlife Epidemiology Lab
College of Veterinary Medicine
Research Affiliate, Prairie Research Institute
College of Veterinary Medicine
2001 South Lincoln Avenue
3846 Vet Med Basic Sciences Bldg.
M/C 002
Urbana, IL  61802

Professional Certifications

  • Diplomate, American College of Zoological Medicine



Dr. Matt Allender received his B.S. in Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution in 2000 from the University of Illinois. He was an Associate veterinarian and concurrently completed a M.S. in Veterinary Biosciences (Illinois '06) focusing on Epidemiology of Disease in Free-ranging reptiles. He was a veterianry resident in Zoological and Avian Medicine at the University of Tennessee and Knoxville Zoo from 2006-2009. He joined the faculty at the COllege of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. In 2012, he received his PhD (Illinois '12) in the Depratment of Veterinary Clinical Medicine focusing on the Epidemiology of Ranaviral Diseases in Free-ranging Chelonians. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine in 2011. He now directs the Wildlife Epidemiology Lab, a collaborative research lab describing infectious and non-infectious disease of reptiles and amphibians. The lab is a leader on Snake Fungal Disease and ranavirus in chelonians.


  • 2000     B.S. Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution, University of Illinois

  • 2002     B.S. Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois

  • 2006     M.S. Veterinary Biosciences, University of Illinois

  • 2009     Residency, University of Tennessee

  • 2012     Ph.D. Veterinary Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois

Selected Publications

  • Allender, M.C., S. Baker, D. Wylie, D. Loper, M.J. Dreslik, C.A. Phillips, C. Maddox, E.A. Driskell. 2015. Development of snake fungal disease after experimental challenge with Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola in cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorous). PLOS One 10: e0140193/ doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0140193.

  • Allender, M.C., M.A. Mitchell, D. McRuer, S. Christian, J. Byrd. Prevalence, clinical signs, and natural history characteristics of frog virus 3-like infections in eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina). Herpetological Conservation and Biology: 8: 308-320.

  • Allender, M.C., M.A. Mitchell, T. Torres, J. Sekowska, E.A. Driskell. Pathogenicity of frog virus 3-like virus in red-eared slider turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans) at two environmental temperatures. Journal of Comparative Pathology: 149: 356-367.

  • Allender, M.C., D. Bunick, M.A. Mitchell. 2013. Development and validation of TaqMan quantitative PCR for detection of Frog Virus 3 in eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina). Journal of Virological Methods 188: 121-125.

  • Allender, M.C., M.J. Dreslik, S. Wylie, C.A. Phillips, D. Wylie, M.A. Delaney, M. Kinsel. 2011. An Unusual Mortality Event Associated with Chrysosporium in the Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus). Emerging Infectious Diseases 17:2383-2384.

  • Allender, M.C., M. Abd-Eldaim, J. Schumacher, D. McRuer, L.S. Christian, M. Kennedy. 2011. Prevalence of Ranavirus Causing Morbidity and Mortality in Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) in Three Southeastern US States. Journal of Wildlife Disease 47: 759-764

  • Rzadkowska, M., M.C. Allender, M. O’Dell, C. Maddox. 2016. Evaluation of common disinfectants against Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, the causative agent of snake fungal disease. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, DOI: 10.7589/2016-01-012.

  • Allender, M.C., D. Bunick, E. Dzhaman, L. Burrus, C. Maddox. 2015. Development and use of real-time polymerase chain reaction assay for detection of Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola in snakes. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 27: 217-220.

  • White, C.L., M.J. Forzan, A.P. Pessier, M.C. Allender, J.R. Ballard, A. Catenazzi, H. Fenton, A. Martel, F. Pasmans, D.L. Miller, R.J. Ossiboff, K.L.D. Richgels, J.L. Kerby. 2016. Amphibian: A case definition and diagnostic criteria for Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans chytridiomycosis. Herpetological Review 47:207-209.