Grant N. Burcham, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP

Grant specializes in diagnosing diseases of livestock and poultry.


​Dr. Burcham is a veterinary diagnostician currently practicing at the southern Indiana branch of the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (Heeke ADDL) located in Dubois, Indiana. He is a board-certified veterinary anatomic pathologist and focuses on the diseases of livestock and poultry. Special interests include infectious diseases of ruminants and swine, the pathobiology of toxic plants and pasture-based diseases, and diseases of domestic turkeys. Dr. Burcham also has experience with laboratory animal pathology, specifically mouse models of neoplasia and autoimmune disease. An enthusiastic supporter of diagnostic and laboratory-based medicine, Dr. Burcham is happy to tailor discussions to fit a particular topic.

Past Presentations

Diseases of Pastured Cattle
​An overview of diseases encountered in cattle kept on pasture throughout most or all of the year. The discussion features metabolic and nutritional diseases encountered on various forages, toxic plants / weeds present in the Midwest, and infectious diseases that are specific to cattle on pasture. Features descriptions and high-quality images from specific cases that illustrate each disease.
Diagnostic Pathology of Reproductive Diseases in Swine
​Reproductive pathology in pigs has several potential causes, both infectious and non-infectious, and an accurate diagnosis depends on proper sampling. Because swine reproduction involves tissues/specimens from multiple individual organisms (e.g. boars, sows, fetuses), knowing which animals and which specimens to sample is critical to a successful diagnostic investigation. This presentation will review multiple infectious and non-infectious causes of reproductive failure in swine, with a focus on which specimens to collect and which assays to perform to ensure the best chances of diagnosis.
Common Fatal Diseases of Cattle in Indiana:A Retrospective of Bovine Autopsies from the ADDL
A retrospective study of bovine autopsies from the ADDL showed that diseases of the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems were the most common causes of death in Indiana cattle. Using high-quality images from the ADDL database, this presentation highlights important diseases that affect cattle in the Midwest. Note: This presentation can be changed to fit different species, depending on a group's interest.
What Makes Chickens Sick?
Geared towards backyard chicken enthusiasts, this presentation focuses on diseases that affect small flocks of chickens and/or turkeys. The discussion can be tailored to suite adults, young adults, or children.

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