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Niels Pedersen- BS, DVM, PhD
Medicine & Epidemiology

213 CCAH
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 7402


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Small Animal Medicine


1965 BS , University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
1967 DVM , University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
1972 PhD , Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

Honors and Awards

2012 American Veterinary Medical Foundation/Winn Feline Foundation Award
2004 Special Lecture, College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M
2004 Grand Marshall UC Davis Picnic Day
2003 International Award for 2003 for Outstanding Contribution to Feline Medicine, European Society of Feline Medicine
1997 WSAVA/WALTHAM (World Small Animal Veterinary Medical Association) International Award for Scientific Achievement (April 4)
1996 Honorary Doctor's Degree from the University of Utrecht (Conferred May)
1996 In Recognition, Niels C. Pedersen for his formative contributions to feline retrovirus research and his generosity in furthering the work of other scientists worldwide, Third International Feline Retrovirus Research Symposium Organizing Committee Award, Fort Collins, CO (March 9)
1996 Faculty Teaching Award 1996, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
1995 Honorary Doctor's Degree from the University of Zurich (awarded at Dies Academicus Celebration, April 29
1991 Bourgelat Award, the British Small Animal Veterinary Association for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Small Animal Practice
1991 Nelson Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
1991 Jean Holzworth Lecturer, Angell Memorial Animal Hospital and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Boston, November 10
1991 UCD Alumni Citation for Excellence Award
1987 Beecham Award for Research Excellence
1987 Outstanding Alumni Award for Retrovirus Research, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
1983 Carnation Award for Feline Research
1982 Ralston Purina Award for Excellence - Veterinary Research
1980 Invited Guest Professor, Ontario Veterinary College
1977 First Recipient of the Cat Fanciers Association Medal of Honor in the Field of Science
1972 PhD with High Comendation

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Feline Health Studies, (Principal Investigator), George & Phyllis Redmond Miller Trust of The San Francisco Foundation "Donor Advised Grant"

Principal Investigator, Genetic susceptibility to feline infectious peritontis (FIP), (Principal Investigator), Morris Animal Foundation

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2011 Brown SK, Pedersen NC, Jafarishorijeh S, Bannasch DL, Ahrens KD, Wu J-T, Okon M, Sacks BN Phylogenetic Distinctiveness of Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian Village Dog Y Chromosomes Illuminates Dog Origins PLoS ONE,
  • Link Icon 2011 Safra N, Pedersen NC, Wolf Z, Johnson EG, Liu HW, Hughes AM, Young A, Bannasch DL Expanded dog leukocyte antigen (DLA) single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping reveals spurious class II associations The Veterinary Journal,
  • Link Icon 2011 Pedersen NC, Liu H, Millon L, Geer KA Dog leukocyte antigen class II–associated genetic risk testing for immune disorders of dogs: simplified approaches using Pug dog necrotizing meningoencephalitis as a model J Vet Diagn Invest,
  • Link Icon 2010 Bannasch D, Young A, Myers J, Truvé K, Dickinson P, Gregg J, Davis R, Bongcam-Rudloff E, Webster MT, Lindblad-Toh K, Pedersen N Localization of canine brachycephaly using an across breed mapping approach PLoS One,
  • Link Icon 2010 Greer KA, Wong AK, Liu H, Famula TR, Pedersen NC, Ruhe A, Wallace M, Neff MW Necrotizing meningoencephalitis of Pug Dogs associates with dog leukocyte antigen class II and resembles acute variant forms of multiple sclerosis Tissue Antigens,
  • Link Icon 2009 Pedersen NC, Liu H, Dodd KA, Pesavento PA Significance of Coronavirus Mutants in Feces and Diseased Tissue of Cats Suffering from Feline Infections Peritonitis Viruses,
  • Link Icon 2009 Pedersen NC A review of feline infectious peritonitis virus infection: 1963-2008 J Feline Med Surg,
  • Link Icon 2008 Lipinski MJ, Froenicke L, Baysac KC, Billings NC, Leutenegger CM, Levy AM, Longeri M, Niini T, Ozpinar H, Slater MR, Pedersen NC, Lyons LA. The ascent of cat breeds: Genetic evaluations of breeds and worldwide random-bred populations Genomics,
  • Link Icon 2008 Pedersen NC, Allen CE, Lyons LA Pathogenesis of feline enteric coronavirus infection J Feline Med Surg,
  • Link Icon 2007 Bighignoli B, Niini T, Grahn RA, Pedersen NC, Millon LV, Polli M, Longeri M, Lyons LA Cytidine monophospho-N-acetylneuraminic acid hydroxylase (CMAH) mutations associated with the domestic cat AB blood group BMC Genet,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2003 Gottfried A, Pedersen NC: Chapter 21: Krankheiten des Immunsystems, Horzinek MC, Schmidt V, Lutz H, (ed), Krankheiten der Katze, Stuttgart. 575-588.

1999 Pedersen NC, Morgan JP, Vasseur PB: Joint Diseases of Dogs and Cats, Ettinger SJ, Feldman EC, (ed), Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Diseases of the Dog and Cat, Fifth Edition, Volume 2. 1862-1886.

1995 Pedersen NC, Addie D, Wolf A: Recommendations From Working Groups of the International Feline Enteric Coronavirus and Feline Infectious Peritonitis Workshop, , Feline Practice. 108-111.

1995 Pedersen NC: The History and Interpretation of Feline Coronavirus Serology, , Feline Practice. 46-51.

1995 Pedersen NC: An Overview of Feline Enteric Coronavirus and Infectious Peritonitis Virus Infections, , Feline Practice. 7-20.