Center for Companion Animal Health

Associate Directors

The CCAH welcomes three new Associate Directors

Photo: Dr. Danika Bannasch

Danika Bannasch - Associate Director for CCAH Genetics Program

Dr. Bannasch has been appointed as Associate Director for the CCAH Genetics Program effective January 15, 2014. She will be responsible for administration and development of the CCAH Genetics program, including facilitating potential donors and other fundraising activities, program development, faculty and staff development, and coordination of CCAH related activities congruent to the mission of CCAH and the SVM.  Dr. Bannasch received her DVM from UC Davis, did her residency jointly at Davis and Stanford and received her PhD from Princeton University.  Her research focuses on the genetic basis of inherited diseases in dogs and horses.  Dr. Bannasch is also the holder of the Maxine Adler Endowed Chair in genetics.

Photo: Dr. Kate Hurley

Kate Hurley - Associate Director for CCAH Shelter Medicine Program

Dr. Hurley has been appointed as Associate Director for the CCAH Shelter Medicine Program effective January 15, 2014.  She will be responsible for administration and development of programs directly associated with CCAH, including fundraising activities, program development, faculty and staff development, and coordination of CCAH related activities congruent to the mission of CCAH and the SVM.  Dr. Hurley began her career as an animal control officer in 1989. She graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, and in 2001 returned to UC Davis to become the first in the world to undertake a residency in Shelter Medicine; she completed her Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine and Residency in 2003. She now directs the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. Dr. Hurley's primary areas of research and clinical interest/expertise include shelter medicine, cat and dog infectious disease management, shelter animal housing and welfare and community cat management. Her proudest achievements include co-authoring the "Association of Shelter Veterinarians' Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters" and co-editing the textbook "Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters". She loves all things shelter-related, but her particular interests include welfare in confinement, humane and effective community-cat management strategies, infectious disease, and unusually short dogs.

Photo: Dr. Robert Rebhun

Robert Rebhun - Associate Director for CCAH Cancer Program

Dr. Rebhun has been appointed as Associate Director for the CCAH Cancer Program effective January 15, 2014.  He will be responsible for administration and development of the CCAH Cancer program, including facilitating potential donors and other fundraising activities, program development, faculty and staff development, and coordination of CCAH related activities congruent to the mission of CCAH and the SVM.  Dr. Rebhun received his DVM from Cornell University before going on to complete a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  Dr. Rebhun completed his clinical residency training in Medical Oncology at the Animal Cancer Center at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  He joined the UC Davis oncology service in August of 2008.  His research focus is in the field of comparative and translational oncology, with specific interests in metastasis and novel therapeutics.