Concord Professor Publishes Third Textbook

For Immediate Release: 
Sep 27 2005

Concord Professor Publishes Third Textbook

Athens, W.Va. – Dr. Darla Wise, a biology professor at Concord University has published not one, not two, but three textbooks devoted to her field of study. Her third textbook is entitled “A Concise Review of Veterinary Virology,” co-authored with Dr. Gordon Carter, a professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, and Dr. Eduardo Flores, a clinical veterinary virologist in Brazil, South America. Carter was also a professor for one of Wise’s courses while she was working on her Ph.D. at Virginia Tech.

The textbook mainly focuses on many groups of viruses, particularly those associated with animal disease. The textbook is currently available online. Those interested may view it for free at

“I thought it was an interesting topic, there is a need in the global community for freely available information, and it is a good companion to the ‘Essentials of Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology’ text,” stated Wise.

Dr. Wise has also published two other textbooks, both co-authored with Carter. Her first textbook, “Immunology: A Comprehensive Review,” was published in 2002. It explains immunology, a study of the body’s response to disease, through a basic level of understanding. Her second textbook entitled, “Essentials of Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology”, 6th edition was published in 2004. This book provides information on many microbial pathogens of animals and anything a student may need to know for an introductory course in veterinary bacteriology and mycology from both clinical and basic science perspectives.

Dr. Wise earned her Ph.D. from the Virginia-Maryland Regional School of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech in 1995. In 1998, she became an assistant professor of biology at Concord University. Furthermore, she has published articles about “host-pathogen relationships” and is the associate editor of the “Proceedings of the West Virginia Academy of Science.” She also designed a diagnostic test for Lyme disease, which was later patented. She is currently teaching microbiology, genetics, biology seminars, and several independent research courses.

“It has been an interesting experience doing a text entirely online. The best part is being able to change things within a few days rather than waiting for a new edition,” Wise said.


CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Stephanie Harmon, a senior majoring in communication arts wrote this news release. Her hometown is Princeton, W.Va.