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Birgit Puschner, Co-Director

Birgit Puschner, Co-Director

Dr. Puschner received her veterinary degree in 1992 from the University of Munich, Germany.  In 1995, she completed her dissertation at the University of Munich, Germany and continued her research interest by joining the University of Michigan as a post-doctoral fellow.  From 1996 to 1999 she specialized in veterinary toxicology in a residency training program at UC Davis, which she successfully completed with the Board Examination by the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology.  In 2000, Dr. Puschner joined the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis and is currently a Professor of Veterinary Toxicology, and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biosciences. She splits her time between teaching and research.  Although the past 20 years of her career have been in academia, Dr. Puschner previously practiced both large and small animal clinical medicine and thus, understands what is needed to effectively connect clinical medicine with basic science.

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Heather Knych, Co-Director

Heather Knych, Co-Director

Dr Knych is an Associate Professor of Clinical Veterinary Pharmacology.  She attended the University of California, San Diego for her undergraduate work and the University of California, Davis for her DVM and PhD (Pharmacology).  She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Veterinary.  Dr. Knych’s research focuses on equine drug metabolism and pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) relationships of drugs in performance horses.  Additionally, Dr. Knych, provides guidance to researchers, at UCD and other universities as well as to drug companies on PK/PD study design as well as assisting with drug concentration determination and pharmacokinetic analysis in various biological matrices.

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