Bruce Brodersen

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University of Nebraska
115C NVDC, East Campus
Lincoln, NE 68583-0907

Phone: (402) 472-8471
Fax: (402) 472-3094


Introduction:  Dr. Brodersen received his DVM degree from Iowa State University in 1983. He was in mixed animal practice for a short time before returning to academia, getting a Masters in Veterinary Science in 1987 and a PhD in 1996. His PhD focused on investigation of concurrent bovine respiratory syncytial virus and bovine viral diarrhea virus infections.

Expertise:  Dr. Brodersen is a pathologist and case coordinator in the Veterinary Diagnostic Center. He is the faculty supervisor for the histology laboratory and is responsible for continued expansion of the repertoire of immunohistochemical tests for the Laboratory. Dr. Brodersen pioneered the use of immunohistochemistry on ear notches from cattle as a means to detect persistent bovine viral diarrhea virus infection. Consultation on control and elimination of bovine viral diarrhea virus from infected herds is also a main focus.

Teaching:  VMED 672 Systemic Pathology -Coordinator for Joint Pathology Commission Wednesday Slide Conference

Research:  Dr. Brodersen collaborates on various projects which focus mainly on pathogenesis and epidemiology bovine viral diarrhea virus infections. He is also part of a project involving characterization of rotavirus isolates from neonatal calves.

Outreach:  Dr. Brodersen's role as a diagnostic pathologist at the Veterinary Diagnostic Center is to assist veterinarians, their clients, and others responsible for animal and public health in the detection, prevention and understanding of disease. This is accomplished through performing necropsies with subsequent histological evaluation, coordinating ancillary testing, and reading biopsies.