Special Issue "Pathology in Zoo Animals and Conservation"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Zoo Animals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Daniela Denk
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Guest Editor
Centre for Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Institute for Veterinary Pathology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany
Interests: pathology of zoo; exotic and squatic species; sphenisciformes; toxoplasma; EEHV; aquarium fish; histopathology; emerging infectious diseases; nutrition; conservation; neoplasia
Dr. Karin Lemberger
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Guest Editor
Vet Diagnostics, Charbonnières-les-Bains, France
Interests: pathology of zoo and wildlife species; histopathology; emerging infectious diseases; disease surveillance; neoplasia

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

By investigating the nature, causes and development of disease processes, pathology provides an important basis of medicine. Human and domesticated species pathology focuses heavily on cancer research, livestock pathology, and the forensic aspects of this discipline. In contrast, zoo animal pathology provides the foundation of infectious disease control in individuals and species groups; aids the understanding of species group taxonomy, genetics, and reproduction; highlights management aspects, including captive husbandry and nutrition; and underpins many aspects of conservation efforts. By investigating etiological agents, vectors, and reservoirs, zoo animal pathology plays a crucial role at the One Health interface between wildlife, captive species, and humans. It further caters to the scientific knowledge base required to address increasing public concerns over emerging infectious diseases, conservation of endangered species, ecosystem health, and captive wild animal welfare, ultimately necessary to aid policy addressing critical threats to our natural world.

This Issue invites original research articles, review articles, and short communications on aspects of zoo animal medicine, with a focus on zoo animal pathology, emerging and re-emerging diseases, management-related pathologies, conservation medicine, disease biology, and One Health.

Dr. Daniela Denk
Dr. Karin Lemberger
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Animals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • zoo animal medicine
  • pathology
  • emerging diseases
  • husbandry
  • nutrition
  • management
  • conservation
  • one health

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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