Scott McVey

Scott McVey
Director of SVMBS; Associate Dean of PPVM and Professor

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Faculty Profile


Dr. David Scott McVey is the Director of the University of Nebraska Lincoln School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the Associate Dean of the Nebraska/Iowa Program for Veterinary Medicine. Dr. McVey was the Center Director for the USDA ARS Center for Grain and Animal Health Research in Manhattan, Kansas (2017-2020). He was also a Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer and member of the USDA Senior Science and Technology Service.  He was previously the Research Leader for the Arthropod Borne Animal Disease Research Unit at the Center from 2011 through 2016. Dr. McVey is also an Adjunct Professor of Immunology in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine, and Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. He was also a Fellow of the Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University. Dr. McVey’s previous positions were in the biopharmaceutical industry, academia, and private practice. Dr. McVey has been recognized as the 2020 Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist by the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists. Dr. McVey was recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. He also has been President of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists and has also a served on the Blue-Ribbon Panel for Counter Measures for Terrorist Threats to Agriculture for the President of the United States (2003-2004). Dr. McVey’s research interests include comparative immunology of infectious diseases, vector transmission of arboviruses and associated control measures. He has published numerous research papers and was a co-editor of Veterinary Microbiology, 3rd Edition. Dr. McVey has leadership experience in basic research, commercial vaccine research and development, corporate leadership, diagnostic medicine, and graduate and veterinary professional education.


  • Diplomat, immunology (1989) and bacteriology/mycology (1990), American College of Veterinary Microbiologists
  • Ph.D. in veterinary microbiology, Texas A&M University, 1986
  • D.V.M., University of Tennessee, 1980


Shi, J., Wang, L., McVey, D.S. 2021. Of pigs and men: the best-laid plans for prevention and control of swine fevers. Animal Frontiers. 11(1): 6-13.

Wang, L., Madera, R., Li, Y., McVey, D.S., Drolet, B.S., Shi, J. 2020. Recent Advances in the Diagnosis of Classical Swine Fever and Future Perspectives. Pathogens. 9(8): 658. doi: 10.3390/pathogens9080658

Peck, D.E., Reeves, W.K., Pelzel-McCluskey, A.M., Derner, J.D., Drolet, B., Cohnstaedt, L., Swanson, D. McVey, D.S., Rodriguez, L.L., Peters, D.P.C. 2020. Management Strategies for Reducing the Risk of Equines Contracting Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) in the Western United States. J. Equine Vet, Sci. 90: 103026.

Oliveira, A.R.S., Cohnstaedt, L.W., Noronha, L.E., Mitzel, D., McVey, D.S., Cernicchiaro, N. 2020. Perspectives Regarding the Risk of Introduction of the Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV) in the United States. Front Vet Sci. 7: 48. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2020.00048

Sunwoo, S.Y., Noronha, L.E., Morozov, I., Trujillo, J.D., Kim, I.J., Schirtzinger, E.E., Faburay, B., Drolet, B.S., Urbaniak, K., McVey, D.S., Meekins, D.A., Palmer, M.V., Balaraman, V., Wilson, W.C., Richt, J.A. 2020. Evaluation of A Baculovirus-Expressed VP2 Subunit Vaccine for the Protection of White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) from Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease. Vaccines (Basel) 2020. 8(1): 59. doi: 10.3390/vaccines8010059

Faburay, B., Wilson, W.C., Secka, A., Drolet, B., McVey, D.S., Richt, J.A. 2019. Evaluation of an Indirect Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay Based on Recombinant Baculovirus-Expressed Rift Valley Fever Virus Nucleoprotein as the Diagnostic Antigen. J. Clin. Micro. 24:57. e01058-19. doi: 10.1128 / JCM.01058-19.

Endalew A.D., Faburay B., Trujillo J.D., Gaudreault, N.N., Davis, A.S., Shivanna, V., Sunwoo, S..Y, Ma, W., Drolet, B.S., McVey, D.S., Morozov, I., Wilson, W.C., Richt, J.A. Immunogenicity and efficacy of Schmallenberg virus envelope glycoprotein subunit vaccines. 2019. J Vet Sci. 20(6): e58.

Ferdousi, T., Cohnstaedt, L.W., McVey, D.S., Scoglio, C.M. 2019. Understanding the Survival of Zika Virus in a Vector Interconnected Sexual Contact Network. Scientific Reports. 9, 7253 (2019) doi:10.1038/s41598-019-43651-3.

Oliveira, A.R.S., Piaggio, J., Cohnstaedt, L.W., McVey, D.S., Cernicchiaro, N. 2019. Introduction of the Japanese Encephalitis Virus (JEV) in the United States – A Qualitative Risk Assessment. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. 66(4):1558-1574. doi: 10.1111/tbed.13181.

Mendiola, S.Y., Mills, M.K., Maki, E., Drolet, B.S., Wilson, W.C., Berghaus, R., Stallknecht, D.E., Breitenbach, J., McVey, D.S., Ruder, M.G. 2019. EHDV-2 Infection Prevalence Varies in Culicoides sonorensis after Feeding on Infected White-Tailed Deer over the Course of Viremia. Viruses. 11(4): 371-386.

Lang, Y., Li, Y., Jasperson, D.C., Henningson, J., Lee, J., Ma, J., Li, Y., Duff, M., Liu, H., Bai, D., McVey, D.S., Richt, J., Ikegami, T., Wilson, W.C., Ma, W. 2019. Identification and evaluation of antivirals for Rift Valley fever virus. Veterinary Microbiology. 230:110-116.

Moon, S.A., Cohnstaedt, L.W., McVey, D.S., Scoglio, C.M. 2019. A Spatio-Temporal Individual-Based Network Framework for West Nile Virus in the U.S.A.: Spreading Pattern of West Nile Virus. PLOS Computational Biology. 15(3): e1006875. vaccines8010059

Awards and Honors

  • 2020 Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist, American Association of Veterinary Immunologists, January 2020.
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Leadership, Support and Supervision of Initial National and Bio and Agro Defense Facility, USDA, September 2019.
  • Senior Fellow - Kansas State University Biosecurity Research Institute, 2016 - present
  • IVVDS List of Significant Contributions to Veterinary Vaccinology and Diagnostics, 2010
  • Distinguished Alumni for the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, 2007
  • Past President, Board of Governors, American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, 2002-2004, 2010-2012
  • Blue Ribbon Panel, President of the United States, Counter Measures for Terrorist Threats to Agriculture, 2003-2004
  • Gallup Organization/Pfizer Veterinary Medicine Management Award - Q12 Top Scoring Teams – Employee Development and Employee Relations (top 2% of industry)
  • Veterinary Information Network Special Services Award, 1997
  • SmithKline Beecham Award for Research Excellence, 1992


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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68583-0905


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Professional Society Memberships

  • The American Veterinary Medical Association
  • The Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association
  • The American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
  • The United States Animal Health Association
  • American Association of Veterinary Immunologists
  • Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases
  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners
  • American Association of Swine Veterinarians
  • International Society for Vaccines