ABOUT

Fortune Sithole, BVSc, MSc, PhD, DACVPM

Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs 

Email: Fortune.Sithole@liu.edu

Fortune Sithole graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Zimbabwe, Faculty of Veterinary Science in 1997. He went on to do a swine health residency program at the same institution till 2001 when he enrolled for an MSc in Epidemiology and Animal Health Economics at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. In 2005 he completed a PhD program in veterinary epidemiology at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Canada. Upon completion of 2 post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Sydney (Australia) and the University of Alberta, School of Public Health in Canada, Fortune joined the Government of British Columbia in 2007 as an epidemiologist. His work involved supporting food safety policy making as well as other projects in public health. Fortune has taught veterinary public health and epidemiology at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and worked for the Government of Alberta (Canada) as a veterinary epidemiologist. He has worked at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) where he was Associate Professor of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology as well as Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs. While at RUSVM he also led the development of an MSc program in One Health and was the inaugural chair of the Task Force for racial and social justice. Before coming to Long Island University, Fortune served as Associate Dean for Clinical Education as well as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine.


Publications - (selected manuscripts)

    • Qekwana DN, Oguttu JW, Sithole F, et al. Burden and predictors of Staphylococcus aureus and S. pseudintermedius infections among dogs presented at an academic veterinary hospital in South Africa (2007-2012). PeerJ. Apr 13;5:e3198, 2017.
    • Qekwana DN, Oguttu JW, Sithole F, et al. Patterns and predictors of antimicrobial resistance among Staphylococcus spp. from canine clinical cases presented at a veterinary academic hospital in South Africa. BMC Vet Res. Apr 28;13(1):116, 2017.
    • Bolfa P, Jeon I, Loftis A, Leslie T, Marchi S, Sithole F, et al. Detection of West Nile Virus and other common equine viruses in three locations from the Leeward Islands, West Indies. Acta Trop. Oct;174:24-28, 2017.
    • Pereira MM, Artemiou E, McGonigle D, et al. Using the Virtual World of Second Life in Veterinary Medicine: Student and Faculty Perceptions. J Vet Med Educ. Sep 8:1-8, 2017.
    • Braae UC, Devleesschauwer B, Sithole F, et al. Mapping occurrence of Taenia solium taeniosis/cysticercosis and areas at risk of porcine cysticercosis in Central America and the Caribbean basin. Parasit Vectors. Sep 18;10(1):424, 2017.
    • Artemiou E, Gilbert GE, Sithole F, et al. The Effects of Music during a Physical Examination Skills Practice: A Pilot Study. Vet Sci. Sep 27;4(4), 2017.
    • Ives AK, Antaki E, Stewart K, et al. Zoonoses Public Health. Sep;64(6):450-459, 2017.
    • Little E, St Jean G, Little B, et al. Degree of corneal anesthesia after topical application of 0.4% oxybuprocaine ophthalmic solution in normal equids. Canadian Journal of Vet Research. Can J Vet Res. Oct;80(4):329-334, 2016.
    • Soto E, Dennis MM, Beierschmitt A, et al. Biofilm formation of hypermucoviscous and non-hypermucoviscous Klebsiella pneumoniae recovered from clinically affected African green monkey (Chlorocebus aethiops sabaeus). Microb Pathog. Jun;107:198-201, 2017.
    • Schembri N, Toribio J, Sithole F, et al. Challenges posed to the traceability of weaner pigs following live auction. Aust Vet J. Apr;87(4):125-9, 2009.
    • Veugelers P, Sithole F, Zhang S, et al. Neighborhood characteristics in relation to diet, physical activity and overweight in Canadian children. International Journal of Pediatric Obesity 2008; 3(3): 152-159, 2008.
    • Schembri N, Toribio J, Sithole F, et al. Review of identification and traceability legislation for pigs in Australia. Aust Vet J. Jul;85(7):255-60, 2007.
    • Schembri N, Toribio J, Sithole F, et al. Evaluation of identification methods for weaner pigs under field conditions. J Anim Sci. 85: 3123-3130, 2007.
    • Sithole F, Dohoo IR, Leslie K, et al. Effect of eprinomectin treatment at calving on reproduction parameters in dairy herds with limited outdoor exposure. Prev. Vet. Med. 75: 267-279, 2006.
    • Sithole F, Dohoo IR, DesCoteaux L, et al. Effect of eprinomectin treatment at calving on milk production in dairy herds with limited pasture exposure. J Dairy Sci. Mar;88(3):929-37, 2005.
    • Sithole F, Dohoo IR, Markham F, et al. Assessing the agreement between Ostertagia ostertagi ELISA tests performed using the crude adult antigen and the adult and larval stage 4 excretory/secretory antigens. Vet Parasitol. Nov 25:134(1-2): 147-152, 2005.
    • Sithole F, Dohoo I, Markham F, et al. Evaluation of the stability of Ostertagia ostertagi ELISA microtitre plates over time using cow milk samples. Vet Parasitol. Nov 5:133(4): 329-337, 2005.
    • Sanchez J, Dohoo IR, Leslie K, et al. The use of an indirect Ostertagia ostertagi ELISA to predict milk production response after anthelmintic treatment in confined and semi-confined dairy herds. Vet Parasitol. Jun 10;130(1-2):115-24, 2005.
    • Sithole F, van Leengoed L. Important Biosecurity Measures and their monitoring in pig breeding farms. International Symposium on Swine Disease Eradication. American Association of Swine Veterinarians Swine Information CD-ROM, 2001.