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Patrick   Kelly BVSc, PhD

Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine

After completing a BSc, BSc (Hons) and MSc (Neuroethology) at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Dr. Pat Kelly received his undergraduate veterinary degree from the University of Pretoria (Onderstepoort), South Africa, in 1982.

He joined the fledgling Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Zimbabwe and taught Physiology until completing a Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at North Carolina State University (1985-1987). Thereafter he returned to Zimbabwe and taught Small Animal Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe and completed a PhD (1995). In 2003 he moved to New Zealand and taught in the Veterinary Faculty of Massey University. In 2005 he moved to St Kitts and Ross University School of Medicine where he teaches Small Animal Medicine.


MSC University of the Witwatersrand
BVSC University of Pretoria
PHD University of Zimbabwe


Vector borne zoonotic diseases


Professor of Small Animal Medicine, University of Zimbabwe (1995-2002)
Professor of Small Animal Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (2005-2015)
Veterinary Director, Biomedical Research and Training Institute, Zimbabwe (2005-2002)

Publication Highlights

Wei L, Kelly P, Ackerson K, Jilei Zhang J, Sayed H, El-Mahallawy, Wang C. First report of Babesia gibsoni in Central America and survey for vector-borne infections in dogs from Nicaragua. Parasites & Vectors 2014:7;126

Kelly P, Lucas H, Randolph C, Ackerson K, Blackburn J, Dark M. Efficacy of slow-release tags impregnated with aggregation-attachment pheromone and deltamethrin for control of Amblyomma variegatum on St. Kitts, West Indies. Parasites & Vectors 2014:7;182

Hamilton CM, Katzer F, Innes EA, Kelly P. Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in small ruminants from four islands in the Caribbean. Parasites & Vectors 2014;23:449. doi: 10.1186/1756-3305-7-449.

Yang Y, Mao Y, Yang Z, Kelly P, Luan L, Zhang J, Li J, El-Mahallawy H, Wanga C.
A pan-Theileria FRET-qPCR survey for Theileria spp. in ruminants from nine provinces of China. Parasites & Vectors 2014:7;413

Wei L, Kelly P, Ackerson K, Sayed H, Wang C. Vector-borne pathogens in dogs from Costa Rica and first report of Babesia gibsoni in Central America. Acta Parasitologica 2014;60: 21-25.

Hamilton CM, Soto E, Beierschmitt A, Innes EA, Katzer F, Kelly P. Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii in wild-caught vervet monkeys from St. Kitts, West Indies. Parasites & Vectors 2014:7:571

Kelly P, Marabini L, Dutlow K, Zhang J, Loftis A, Wang C. Molecular detection of tick-borne pathogens in wild felids, Zimbabwe. Parasites & Vectors 2014:7;514

Zhang J, Lu G, Kelly P, Zhang Z, Wei L, Yu D, Wang C. Rickettsia felis in China. BMC Infectious Diseases 2014:6;682

El-Mahallawy HS, Lu G, Kelly P, Xu D, Li Y, Fan W, Wang C. Q fever in China; a systematic review, 1989-2013. Epidemiology and Infection 2015;143:673-681. doi:10.1017/S0950268814002593

Hamilton CM, Kelly PJ, Bartley P, Burrells A, Porco A, Metzler D, Crouch K, Ketzis J, Innes EA, Katzer F. Toxoplasma gondii in livestock on St. Kitts and Nevis, West Indies. Parasites & Vectors 2015;8:166. doi: 10.1186/s13071-015-0776-7.

Current Projects

Toxoplasmosis in the Caribbean, Risk factors for acquiring Dengue and Chikungunya on St Kitts, various vector borne disease studies, Using School Children to Count cats on St Kitts.