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

2415A Tupper Hall
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 6513


Research Focus

Equine and Comparative Neurology, Neonatal Medicine, Infectious Disease, Unusual Equine Clinical Presentations, Trigeminal Mediated Headshaking, Equine Rescue Methods

Specialty Focus

Infectious Disease, Neonatal Medicine, Clinical Neurology, Emergency Response and Rescue Procedures and Equipment

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 AAEP American Association of Equine Practitioners’ 2014 Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecturer
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

Principal Investigator, Equine and Comparative Neurology - Transition of Consciousness and Trigeminal nerve disorders, (Principal Investigator), Private Donor

Co-Investigator, Investigation of Trigeminal Nerve Testing as a Diagnostic Aid in Equine Headshaking, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health

Principal Investigator, Animals in Disasters - Training Modules for First Responders, (Principal Investigator), CAL-EMA, Homeland security

Principal Investigator, Equine Medicine Research, (Principal Investigator), Pfizer Animal Health

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 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,
  • Link Icon 2013 Aleman M, Pickles KJ, Conley AJ, Stanley S, Haggett E, Toth B, Madigan JE Abnormal plasma neuroactive progestagen derivatives in ill, neonatal foals presented to the neonatal intensive care unit. Equine Vet J,

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.