Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Area(s)

  • Virology and immunology

Academic Credentials

  • DVM, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • PhD, Veterinary Microbiology, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Dale Godson is a diagnostic veterinary microbiologist at Prairie Diagnostic Services (PDS) and an adjunct professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Research Interests

Dr. Godson’s interests are in the areas of virology and immunology, which began with his PhD studies of viral calf diarrhea. He continued working in the areas of immunology and host defense to infectious diseases as a research scientist at the Veterinary Infectious Disease Organization.  He returned to the Dept. of Veterinary Microbiology to do research on antibody-based immune therapies, before moving into his current diagnostic role, where he is also involved in diagnostic test development and validation.


Curry PS, Ribble C, Sears WC, et al. Blood collected on filter paper for wildlife serology: detecting antibodies to Neospora caninum, West Nile virus, and five bovine viruses in reindeer. J Wildl Dis 2014;50:297-307.

Gagnon CA, Spearman G, Hamel A, et al. Characterization of a Canadian mink H3N2 influenza A virus isolate genetically related to triple reassortant swine influenza virus. J Clin Microbiol 2009;47:796-799.

Huang YY, Walther I, Martinson SA, et al. Porcine Circovirus 2 Inclusion Bodies in Pulmonary and Renal Epithelial Cells. Vet Pathol 2008;45:640-644.

Godson DL, Acres SD, Haines DM. Failure of passive transfer and effective colostrum management in calves. Large Animal Veterinary Rounds 2003;3:1-6.

Godson DL, Campos M, Attah-Poku SK, et al. Serum haptoglobin as an indicator of the acute phase response in bovine respiratory disease. Vet Immunol Immunopathol 1996;51:277-292