Ben Stading

Ben Stading


Veterinary Medicine

Assistant Dean of Students. Assistant Professor of Virology



Veterinary Virology, Clinical Skills 1, Clinical Skills 3, Ethics & Communication


Ben Stading, DVM, MPH, PhD received his bachelor's degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minnesota in 2003, followed by an internship in zoo husbandry. He went on to obtain his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin in 2008, and the following year completed his Master’s in Public Health through a dual degree program in Wisconsin. He subsequently went into small animal practice in the Tampa area of Florida for two years, before returning to the University of Wisconsin to start a PhD program focused on virology and immunology.  His research involved the development of oral vaccines for topical use in free-ranging bats, developing novel rabies vaccine biologics, and assessing protective immunity against white-nose syndrome in bats.  He became actively involved in bat conservation during this time, and regularly gave educational talks to the public.  After completing his PhD in 2017, he spent two more years in small animal practice and  then joined  the SMU team


Dr. Stading’s professional interests include infectious diseases, wildlife health, veterinary public health and one-health medicine, and small animal clinical practice.


Dr. Stading is also involved in local wildlife health projects.

Virology, Immunology, Public Health, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Health, General Practice
  • Morris Animal Foundation Fellowship 2014-2016 
  • FWS response to WNS competitive grants 2014-2016 
  • NIH funded Comparative Biomedical Sciences T32 Training Grant 2011-2014 
  • Biological Sciences Scholar Award 2011

Paul-Murphy, J. R., Sladky, K. K., Krugner-Higby, L. A., Stading, B. R., Klauer, J. M., Keuler, N. S., Brown, C. S., & Heath, T. D. (2009). Analgesic effects of carprofen and liposome-encapsulated butorphanol tartrate in Hispaniolan parrots (Amazona ventralis) with experimentally induced arthritis. American Journal of Veterinary Research, 70(10). https://doi.org/10.2460/ajvr.70.10.1201  

Stading, B. R., & Gamble, K. C. (2011). Clinical challenge - Gastrolithiasis in an alpaca. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 42(3). https://doi.org/10.1638/2010-0085.1 

Gamble, K.C., and M.M. Clancy (eds). Infectious Diseases of Concern to Captive and Free Ranging  Animals in North America, 2nd ed. 2013. Infectious Disease Committee, American Association of  Zoo Veterinarians, Yulee, Florida. 1098 pp. Website address: http://www.aazv.org/?page=IDM2013 

Stading, B. R., Osorio, J. E., Velasco-Villa, A., Smotherman, M., Kingstad-Bakke, B., & Rocke, T. E. (2016). Infectivity of attenuated poxvirus vaccine vectors and immunogenicity of a raccoonpox vectored rabies vaccine in the Brazilian Free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis). Vaccine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.08.088 

Verant, M. L., Meteyer, C. U., Stading, B., & Blehert, D. S. (2018). Experimental Infection of Tadarida brasiliensis with Pseudogymnoascus destructans , the Fungus That Causes White-Nose Syndrome. MSphere, 3(4). https://doi.org/10.1128/msphere.00250-18 

Rocke, T. E., Kingstad-Bakke, B., Wüthrich, M., Stading, B., Abbott, R. C., Isidoro-Ayza, M., Dobson, H. E., dos Santos Dias, L., Galles, K., Lankton, J. S., Falendysz, E. A., Lorch, J. M., Fites, J. S., Lopera-Madrid, J., White, J. P., Klein, B., & Osorio, J. E. (2019). Virally-vectored vaccine candidates against white-nose syndrome induce anti-fungal immune response in little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus). Scientific Reports, 9(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-43210-w

Novel diseases of wildlife, Rabies, White-nose Syndrome

  • 2013 Wildlife Disease Conference - Spoke on bat vaccine research
    • Runner-up for student speaking award
  • 2013 White-nose Syndrome and Wildlife Disease Forum - Spoke on bat vaccine research
  • 2014 Infectious Diseases of Bats Symposium - Presented poster on bat vaccine research
  • 2014-2016 Annual Wisconsin Bat Festival - Presented bat research to a lay audience