Fred L. Cunningham, DVM

Fred L. Cunningham, DVM


Fred L. Cunningham, DVM, is a Supervisory Wildlife Research Biologist and Project Leader at the National Wildlife Research Center Starkville, Mississippi Field Station. 

 NWRC Research Project: Aquaculture and Feral Swine

Current Research

  • Can fish eating birds transfer Virulent Aeromonas hydrophila between catfish ponds

  • Antibody production and genetic drift of H3N2 Influenza A virus in feral swine



  • Certificate, Executive Veterinary Program in Swine Health and Management, University of Illinois,
  • D.V.M., Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – Mississippi State University-College of Veterinary Medicine
  • M.S., Animal Science, 1981, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  • B.S., Animal Science, 1979, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Contact information

  • Address: USDA/APHIS/WS/NWRC Mississippi Field Station PO Box 6099, Mississippi State, MS 39762
  • Telephone: 662-325-8612
  • Fax: 662-325-8704
  • Email:



Keiter, D.A., F.L. Cunningham, O.E. Rhodes, Jr., B.J. Irwin, and J.C. Beasley. 2016. Optimization of scat detection methods for a social ungulate, the wild pig, and experimental evaluation of factors affecting detection of scat. PLoS One 11(5): e0155615.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155615 

Xu, Y., E. Bailey, E. Spackman, T. Li, H. Wang, L-P. Long, J.A. Baroch, F.L. Cunningham, X. Lin, R.G. Jarman, T.J. DeLiberto, and X-F. Wan. 2016. Limited antigenic diversity in contemporary H7 avian-origin influenza A viruses from North America. Scientific Reports 6:20688.   doi:  10.1038/srep20688  

Beasley, J., S.C. Webster, O.E. Rhodes Jr., and F.L. Cunningham. 2015. Evaluation of Rhodamine B as a biomarker for assessing bait acceptance in wild pigs. Wildlife Society Bulletin 39(1):188-192.  doi:  10.1002/wsb.510  

Sun, H., F.L. Cunningham, J. Harris, Y. Xu, L-P. Long, K. Hanson-Dorr, J.A. Baroch, P. Fioranelli, M.W. Lutman, T. Li, K. Pedersen, B.S. Schmit, J. Cooley, X. Lin,  R.G. Jarman, T.J. Deliberto, X-F. Wan. 2015. Dynamics of virus shedding and antibody responses in influenza A virus-infected feral swine. Journal of General Virology 96(9):2569-2578.  doi:10.1099/jgv.0.000225

Jubirt, M.M., L.A. Hanson, K.C. Hanson-Dorr, L. Ford, S. Lemmons, P. Fioranelli, and F.L. Cunningham. 2015. Potential for Great Egrets (Ardea alba) to transmit a virulent strain of Aeromonas hydrophila among channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) culture ponds. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 51(3):634-639. doi: 10.7589/2014-06-156

Cunningham, F.L., S.W. Jack, D. Hardin, and R.W. Wills. 2014. Risk factors associated with enteric septicemia of catfish on Mississippi commercial catfish farms. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 26(2):84-90.  doi: 10.1080/08997659.2014.886635

Feng, Z., J.A. Baroch, L.-P. Long, Y. Xu., F.L. Cunningham, K. Pedersen, M.W. Lutman, B.S. Schmit, A.S. Bowman, T.J. DeLiberto, and X.-F. Wan. 2014. Influenza A Subtype H3 viruses in feral swine, United States, 2011-2012. Emerging Infectious Diseases 20(5): 843-846. doi: 10.3201/eid2005.131578.

Cunningham F.L., Jack, S.W., Hardin D,  and Wills, R.W.  Pond-level risk factors associated with columnaris disease on Mississippi commercial catfish farms. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 2012 Sep;24(3):178-84. doi: 10.1080/08997659.2012.675932.

Feng, Z., J. Gomez, A. Bowman, J. Ye, L.-P. Long, B. Martin, K. Jia, J. Nolting, F. Cunningham, C. Cardona, J. Zhang, K.J. Yoon, R. Slemons, and X.-F. Wan. Antigenic and genetic characterization of swine influenza viruses from Ohio agricultural fairs. Journal of Virology, 87(13):7655-7667.

Wan, X.-F., J. L. Barnett, F. Cunningham, S. Chen, M. G. Yang, S. Nash, L.-P. Long, L. Ford, S. Blackmon, Y. Zhang, L. Hanson, and Q. He. Detection of African Swine Fever Virus-like Sequences in Ponds in the Mississippi Delta through Metagenomic Sequencing. Virus Genes, 46(3):441-446.

Ye, J., Y. Xu, J. Harris, A.S. Bowman, F. Cunningham, C. Cardona, K. J. Yoon, R. D. Selmons, and X.-F. Wan. Mutation from arginine to lysine at the position 189 of hemagglutinin contributes to the antigenic drift in H3N2 swine influenza viruses. Virology, 446(1-2):225-9





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