Student Successes

Highlights from MPVM Projects - 2017

Here are a few highlights from this year’s class’s published MPVM projects:

Monise Melle Magro published her MPVM project, entitled Spatial Patterns and Impacts of Environmental and Climatic Factors on Canine Sinonasal Aspergillosis in Northern California in the July 2017 issue of Frontiers in Veterinary

Kyuyoung Lee published in Preventive Veterinary Medicine in March 2017 - Unraveling the contact patterns and network structure of pig shipments in the U.S. and its association with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus outbreaks.

Graduation of 2016-2017 MPVM students!


Sara Amirpour Haredash was selected for the Keller Pathway Fellows Program. Congratulations Sara!!! - October 2017 — June 2018

Jose Pablo Gomez presented his MPVM thesis - August 2017

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Jose Pablo Gomez presented his MPVM thesis entitled: “Evaluation of the impact of live pig trade network, vaccination coverage and socioeconomic factors in the classical swine fever eradication program in Peru”. Congratulations Pablo for the excellent work! 

Dr. Jaber Belkiria speaks at Fulbright Conference - February 2017

Dr. Jaber Belkiria, Fulbright

Dr. Jaber Belkhiria was invited to speak at the Fulbright student alumni conference on contemporary health issues (Cairo). Dr. Belkhiria focused on the importance of multidisciplinary efforts to solve emerging health issues and new strategies to manage complex health data.

Esther Kukielka got selected for the Wildlife Health Center fellowship - February 2017

Esther Kukielka got selected for the Wildlife Health Center fellowship to work in the study entitled: "Investigating raccoon abundance, home range and Baylisascaris procyonis prevalence in Yosemite National Park and its association with human occupancy in Yosemite Valley”. Congratulations Esther!!

Esther Kukielka received the Deans' Prize for Best Oral Presentation in Veterinary Medicine - April 2016


Esther Kukielka received the Dean’s Prize for Best Oral Presentation in Veterinary Medicine for her presentation entitled “Evaluation of the pig trade patterns in Georgia: implications for disease introduction and spread." She was awarded this in the 2016 UC Davis Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium. Congratulations Esther!

Kyuyoung Lee receives award at GEOVET - November 2016

Kyuyoung Lee, GEOVET Awards
Kyuyoung Lee
 won “Best young scientist oral presentation award' in the 'GEOVET 2016: international conference of spatial epidemiology for animal heath”. The topic for the presentation was "Spatial and temporal characteristics of migration routes of wild waterfowls wintering from 2013 to 2016 in South Korea”.

Dr. Jaber Belkhiria receives "Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation" award - November 2015

Dr. Jaber Belkhiria Presentation

Dr. Jaber Belkhiria received the award “Best Graduate Student Oral presentation” for his presentation entitled “Applications of Species Distribution Modeling for Avian Influenza Surveillance in the United States considering the North America Migratory Flyways” that was presented at the International Symposium of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE, 2015) in Merida, Mexico. This work was later published in the prestigious Journal “Scientific Reports of Nature”:

Nathaniel LaHue presented his MPVM thesis - August 2015


Nathaniel LaHue presented his MPVM thesis entitled: “Spatially explicit modeling of animal tuberculosis at the wildlife-livestock interface in Ciudad Real province, Spain". Congratulations Nate for the excellent work!