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John Madigan- BS, DVM, MS
Professor and Researcher
Medicine & Epidemiology

2415A Tupper Hall
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 6513


Research Focus

Equine and Comparative Neurology, Maladjustment Syndrome in foals, Transition of consciousness at birth in infants and neonatal foals, Trigeminal Mediated Headshaking, Disaster and Emergency Animal Preparedness and Response

Specialty Focus

Internal Medicine-Equine, Animal Welfare, Equine neonatal medicine and critical care

Equine Medicine


1970 BS Animal Science, University of California, Davis,
1972 MS Animal Science, University of California, Davis,
1975 DVM , University of California, Davis,

Honors and Awards

2014 Milne Lecture -Lifetime Achievement Award - American Association of Equine Practitioners’ 2014
2013 Distinguished Professor - University of California -Davis
2008 Alumni Achievement Award, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
2008 UC Davis Centennial Fall Convocation Speaker, Mondavi Center, UC Davis
2007 Legend of Academic Medicine, Large Animal Medicine, Kansas State University
2006 American Red Cross Hero Award, Animal Rescue Category
2006 US House of Representatives Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition Award (Congressman Mike Thompson)
2006 California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition
2006 American Association of Equine Practitioners Distinguished Service Award
2006 Letter of Commendation (Congressman Wally Herger)
2006 American Veterinary Medical Association Welfare Award
1997 Certificate of Appreciation for Flood Emergency Workers Recognition Day
1996 Pfizer Award Research Excellence
1994 US Army Certificate of Appreciation for Sling Rescue Operations


Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Diplomate American College of Animal Welfare

Active Research Grants

Co-Investigator, 14- Neuro-humoral Biomakers for Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC): Identification of neuro-modulation biomarkers, (Principal Investigator), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Grand Challenges

Principal Investigator, Trigeminal Mediated Pain in horses- diet, hormonal, and acid base influences , (Principal Investigator), Private Donor

Principal Investigator, Clinical Trial of the Madigan Squeeze method for treatment of equine neonatal maladjustment syndrome, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health

Principal Investigator, Fear in Horses- Investigation of a novel non sedative central nervous system fear blocker in adult equines, (Principal Investigator), Zoetis and private donor

Principal Investigator, Investigation of neurosteroids in autism spectrum disorder- Children's Center for Environmental Health and private donor, (Principal Investigator), Children's Center for Environmental Health and private donor

Principal Investigator, Cervical pain and arthritis in the equine, (Principal Investigator), Private Donor

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2014 Finno, CJ, Aleman, M, Higgins, RJ, Madigan, JE, Bannasch, DL Risk of false positive genetic associations in complex traits with underlying population structure: A case study. Veterinary journal (London, England : 1997),
  • Link Icon 2014 Pickles, K, Madigan, J, Aleman, M Idiopathic headshaking: is it still idiopathic? Veterinary journal (London, England : 1997),
  • Link Icon 2014 Winfield, LS, Kass, PH, Magdesian, KG, Madigan, JE, Aleman, M, Pusterla, N Factors associated with survival in 148 recumbent horses. Equine veterinary journal,
  • Link Icon 2014 Aleman, M, Madigan, JE, Williams, DC, Holliday, TA Brainstem auditory evoked responses in an equine patient population. Part II: foals. Journal of veterinary internal medicine / American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine,
  • Link Icon 2014 Aleman M, Rhodes D, Williams DC, Guedes A, Madigan JE Sensory evoked potentials of the trigeminal nerve for the diagnosis of idiopathic headshaking in a horse. J Vet Intern Med,
  • Link Icon 2014 Aleman, M, Dimock, AN, Wisner, ER, Prutton, JW, Madigan, JE Atlanto-axial approach for cervical myelography in a Thoroughbred horse with complete fusion of the atlanto-occipital bones. The Canadian veterinary journal. La revue vétérinaire canadienne,
  • Link Icon 2013 Aleman M, Williams D, Brosnan R, Nieto J, Pickles K, Berger J, LeCouteur R, Holliday T, Madigan JE Sensory nerve conduction and somatosensory evoked potentials of the trigeminal nerve in horses with idiopathic headshaking Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine,
  • Link Icon 2013 Pusterla N, Madigan JE Equine Granulocytic Anaplasmosis Journal of Equine Veterinary Science,
  • Link Icon 2013 Jay-Russell MT, Madigan JE, Bengson Y, Madigan S, Hake AF, Foley JE, Byrne BA Salmonella Oranienburg Isolated from Horses, Wild Turkeys and An Edible Home Garden Fertilized with Raw Horse Manure. Zoonoses and public health,
  • Link Icon 2013 Finno CJ, Famula T, Aleman M, Higgins RJ, Madigan JE, Bannasch DL Pedigree analysis and exclusion of alpha-tocopherol transfer protein (TTPA) as a candidate gene for neuroaxonal dystrophy in the American Quarter Horse. J Vet Intern Med,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2010 Madigan JE: Potomac Horse Fever, , Merck Veterinary Manual. .

2010 Madigan JE: Anaplasma phagocytophilum in horses, , Merck Veterinary Manual. .

2007 Madigan JE: Headshaking in horses, Smith B, (ed), Large Animal Internal Medicine. .

2007 Pusterla N, Madigan JE: Neorickettsia risticii, Sellon and Long, (ed), Equine Infectious Diseases. 357--362.

2007 Pusterla N, Madigan JE: Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Sellon and Long, (ed), Equine Infectious Disease, Phildelphia. 354-357.