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Dr. Meera Heller Joins Livestock Medicine and Surgery Service

October 29, 2014

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Dr. Meera Heller, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

The UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Meera Heller has joined the Livestock Medicine and Surgery Service as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Livestock Medicine. Dr. Heller received her DVM degree (2001) and her PhD in Comparative Pathology (2009) from UC Davis. Following veterinary school, she completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery (2002) at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Canada. She then returned to UC Davis to complete a residency in large animal internal medicine in 2005. Dr. Heller is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 

“It is great to have Meera back at the VMTH,” said Dr. David Wilson, director of the VMTH. “She is already making a noticeable impact with Large Animal Clinic clients, referring veterinarians and students. I look forward to many great things to come from her addition to livestock medicine.”

Having previously served on the faculty at the University of Missouri, Dr. Heller’s clinical expertise is in internal medicine and surgery of ruminants and swine, with a special interest in goats. Her research interests are in the areas of innate immunity and juvenile immunity, especially as they pertain to prevention and treatment of calfhood disease.

“I did most of my training here at UC Davis, and it’s home – a wonderful place to learn and practice high quality medicine,” said Dr. Heller. “I will attempt to carry on that tradition, and follow in the footsteps of my mentors. Hopefully, I can inspire more students to go into livestock medicine, as well as to continue advancing the level of veterinary care that we can offer to livestock.”

About the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis—a unit of the School of Veterinary Medicine—provides state-of-the-art clinical care while serving as the primary clinical teaching experience for DVM students and post graduate veterinarian residents. The VMTH treats more than 47,000 animals a year, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, cows and exotic species. To learn more about the VMTH, please go to Timely news updates can be received on its Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

Rob Warren
VMTH Communications & Marketing Officer