Rocio Crespo

Rocio Crespo

Professor, AHFSL Branch Chief

Professor of Microbiology and Pathology
Branch Chief, Avian Health and Food Safety Laboratory (WADDL)
Diplomate, American College of Poultry Veterinarians
Phone: 253-445-4537



  • DVM, Universidad Complutense (Spain); 1988
  • MS, University of Guelph (Canada); 1993 
  • DVSc, University of Guelph (Canada); 1996


Avian diagnostics and food safety services for the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.


VM694P Avian Diseases Block

Scholarly Interests

The primary focus of research includes investigation of the pathogenesis and diagnosis of infectious diseases in pet birds and poultry. I am particularly interested poultry diseases that have public health significance, such as Salmonella.

Select Publications
  • Crespo R, Badcoe LM, Williams C, Bary AI. (2016) Inactivation of Infectious Bursal Disease Virus Through Composting of Litter from Poultry Houses Avian Diseases 2016 Jun;60(2):506-10. doi: 10.1637/11341-120615-ResNote. PMID: 27309296 PMCID:
  • Crespo R, Opriessnig T, Uzal F, Gerber PF. (2015) Avian Hepatitis E Virus Infection in Organic Layers. Avian Diseases Avian Dis. 2015 Sep;59(3):388-93. PMID: 26478157 PMCID:
  • Ip HS, Torchetti MK, Crespo R, Kohrs P, DeBruyn P, Mansfield KG, Baszler T, Badcoe L, Bodenstein B, Shearn-Bochsler V, Killian ML, Pedersen JC, Hines N, Gidlewski T, DeLiberto T, Sleeman JM (2015) Novel Eurasian highly pathogenic avian influenza A H5 viruses in wild birds, Washington, USA, 2014. Emerging Infectious Diseases Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 May;21(5):886-90. doi: 10.3201/eid2105.142020. PMID: 25898265 PMCID: PMC4412248

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