Department Updates:

Postponed events

Multidisciplinary Advanced Therapies Symposium: Infectious Disease

Date: January 22-24, 2016
Time: Friday 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, Sunday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Napa Andaz Hotel, Napa, CA
CE: up to 10 hours available



Dr. Steven Epstein

Dr. Steven Epstein attended UC Davis for both his undergraduate and veterinary education, and received his veterinary degree in 2004.  He then went on to complete an internship in anesthesiology at Kansas State University in 2005. He completed a three year residency in veterinary emergency and critical care at UC Davis in 2010.  In addition to becoming a board certified specialist in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, Dr. Epstein is now a faculty clinician in the Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Service at UC Davis.

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Dr. Linda Kidd

Dr. Linda Kidd received a BS in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a DVM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine (UW-SVM).  After 6 years in private small animal practice, she returned to the UW-SVM to obtain specialty training in Small Animal Internal Medicine. She completed the program in July of 2000 and achieved board certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine at that time.  She stayed on as a Clinical Instructor of Small Animal Internal Medicine until December of 2002.  Dr. Kidd then left Madison to pursue research training at the Intracellular Pathogens Research Laboratory at North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine under the mentorship of Dr Ed Breitschwerdt. There she obtained a PhD in Immunology with a minor in Molecular Biology. Her PhD research centered on the molecular characterization of Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis in dogs.  She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute in a thrombosis and hemostasis laboratory under the direction of Dr. Nigel Mackman. Currently, Dr. Kidd is an Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine.  She is the course leader of the CORE Small Animal Internal Medicine course for fourth year veterinary students.  She also serves as a content expert for the veterinary basic science and molecular biology courses in the first and second year. Dr. Kidd’s clinical and research interests include the role of undetected vector-borne infection in immune-mediated diseases, the link between inflammation and coagulation, and mechanisms of thrombosis in dogs with immune mediated hemolytic anemia.  She has several ongoing collaborative clinical research projects investigating the pathophysiology of immune mediated hemolytic anemia and vector borne disease with internal medicine specialty practices in Southern California, North Carolina State University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Dr. Catherine Outerbridge

Dr. Catherine Outerbridge is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at UC Davis.  She is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.  She completed her Masters of Veterinary Science and a residency in small animal internal medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan and then her residency in dermatology at the University of California, Davis. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in small animal medicine and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.    Dr. Outerbridge’s areas of interest include all aspects of clinical dermatology but she has a particular interest in cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease, infectious and metabolic skin diseases and feline genodermatoses.

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Dr. Patty Pesavento

Dr. Pesavento is a Swarthmore College graduate and received her PhD in 1997 from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. She received her DVM and pathology residency training sequentially at UC Davis. After two years of diagnostic research at the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratories, she joined the faculty in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. The organizing focus of work in the Pesavento laboratory is to investigate the biology of interactions between viruses and their target tissues. Depending on the virus, this work ranges from the molecular development of viral constructs to perform cell biology or diagnostics, to tissue culture models of virus:host cell interaction. The laboratory has current focused efforts on viral discovery in intensively housed animals such as small animals in the shelter environment, or mesopredator wildlife at the human-animal interface.

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Dr. Duane Robinson

Dr. Duane Robinson's clinical expertise is in small animal surgery with emphasis on orthopaedics. His PhD research focused on implant associated infections and in particular bacterial biofilms. During this work he developed a fracture osteomyelitis model in the rat. His current research interests are (1) clinical orthopaedics and surgical/implant infections, (2) orthopedic implants and associated infections and (3) molecular methods for microbial infections.

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Dr. Jane Sykes

Dr. Jane Sykes is the Interim Director of the VMTH at UC Davis.  A faculty member since 2002, Dr. Sykes has served as Chief of the Small Animal Medicine Service and as Biosecurity Officer for the SAC. Outside of the VMTH, she is President of the Specialty of Small Animal Internal Medicine within the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Sykes has also served as President of the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases, an organization she founded in 2006.  Dr. Sykes hails from Melbourne, Australia. She completed her residency at the University of Minnesota, where she was also a clinical faculty member before coming to the VMTH.

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Dr. Bill Vernau

Bill graduated from Murdoch University Veterinary School, Western Australia, in 1984 and was in predominantly small animal practice for 3.5 years before pursuing specialty training in clinical pathology at the Ontario Veterinary College, Canada, from 1987-1991.  He became board certified in clinical pathology (ACVP) in 1991. He subsequently ran a large private diagnostic laboratory in Sydney, Australia (CVD, 1992-1994) and worked as a Clinical Pathologist at IDEXX laboratories, Sacramento (1994-2000), before completing a PhD at UC Davis in 2000. He is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. His research interests include phenotypic and molecular characterization of spontaneously occurring hematopoietic neoplasia, especially canine hematopoietic neoplasia, general veterinary clinical pathology with an emphasis on veterinary hematology and cytology, and the diagnostic assessment of cerebrospinal fluid. Dr Vernau lives in Davis with his wife, two children and an assortment of dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs.

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Dr. Polina Vishkautsan

Dr. Polina Vishkautsan obtained her DVM degree in 2001 from the Koret Veterinary School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  She moved to the United States to pursue an internship in emergency and critical care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After the internship she finished a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine in Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston.  She stayed in Angell MSPCA for another year as part of the Medicine Department.  For the following 7 years she worked in several emergency and specialty practices in Arizona and California.  Starting August 2014, she began pursuing a fellowship in infectious diseases under the mentorship of Dr. Jane Sykes, at the UC Davis VMTH.  In her spare time Polina enjoys spending time with her partner Henry, photography and world travel.

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Dr. Jodi Westropp

Dr. Westropp is the director of the G. V. Ling Urinary Stone Analysis Laboratory. She did her undergraduate work at The Ohio State University and stayed at Ohio State to complete her veterinary degree in 1997.  She then moved NYC for a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center and returned to Ohio for her internal medicine residency and PhD. She was board certified in veterinary medicine in 2001 and completed her PhD in 2004. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.  Her primary research focus is lower urinary tract disorders in dogs and cats.

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