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Nicola Pusterla- DrMedVeT, MedVet
Professor
Medicine & Epidemiology

3109 Tupper Hall
Davis, CA 95616


npusterla@ucdavis.edu

   

Research Focus

Equine infectious diseases with an emphasis on molecular epidemiology

Specialty Focus

Equine Medicine

Education

2002 Habilitation Infectious Diseases, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
1998 FVH Laboratory and Basic Medical Research, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
1994 Dr med vet Veterinary Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
1991 Med Vet Veterinary Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Honors and Awards

2005 Favorite Equine Lecturer for the class of 2006
2003 American Association of Veterinary Clinicians Residency Award for residents who have demonstrated outstanding clinical expertise, scholarship and potential to contribute to the veterinary profession
2003 Favorite Large Animal Resident award in appreciation for the efforts towards education and mentoring the members of the class of 2003
2003 Large Animal Resident Award for best Abstract Research Presentation, 21st Annual Veterinary Medical Forum of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, June 4 - June 8, 2003, Charlotte, North Carolina
2001 House Office Seminar Day award for the best research presentation in Large Animal Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, University of California, Davis
2000 James W. Wilson award for outstanding equine research publication authored by a graduate academic student or resident in the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
1998 Karl-Pfizer award for excellence in scientific work

Licenses

Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Completion of the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certification prog
California Veterinary License (VET 15984)

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Development of a serological test to detect antibodies to equine coronavirus in adult horses, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health

Principal Investigator, Frequency of antibody detection to Sarcocystis neurona and Neospora hughesi in healthy horses from various areas in the United States, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health

Co-Investigator, Validation of a commercial stall-side test and analyzer for the measurement of equine serum amyloid A, Dr. Fiona Wensley (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health

Co-Investigator, Do imported horses represent a significant risk for the spread of respiratory disease to resident equids in the USA?, Dr. Fauna Smith (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health

Co-Investigator, Pharmacokinetic study of 1.56% diclazuril pellets given as a top dressing every three to four days to healthy adult horses, Dr. Laszlo Hunyadi (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health

Co-Investigator, Investigation of the safety and immune response to the modified live bovine rota-coronavirus vaccine in healthy adult horses, Dr. Jamie Prutton (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health

Principal Investigator, Prevalence of equine coronavirus in nasal secretions from horses with fever and upper respiratory tract signs, (Principal Investigator), Boehringer Ingelheim – Advancement of Equine Research Award

Principal Investigator, Voluntary surveillance program for important equine infectious respiratory pathogens in the United States, (Principal Investigator), Merck Animal Health

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Nicola Pusterla: Seroprevalence and risk factors for infection with equine coronavirus in healthy horses in the USA 2017 Kooijman LJ, James K, Mapes SM, Theelen MJ, Pusterla N Seroprevalence and risk factors for infection with equine coronavirus in healthy horses in the USA Vet J - February,
  • Nicola Pusterla: Development of an equine coronavirus-specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay to determine serologic responses in naturally infected horses 2016 Kooijman LJ, Mapes SM, Pusterla N Development of an equine coronavirus-specific enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay to determine serologic responses in naturally infected horses J Vet Diagn Invest - July,
  • Nicola Pusterla: Quantitative molecular viral loads in 7 horses with naturally occurring equine herpesvirus-1 infection 2015 Estell KE, Dawson DR, Magdesian KG, Swain E, Laing ST, Siso S, Mapes S, Pusterla N Quantitative molecular viral loads in 7 horses with naturally occurring equine herpesvirus-1 infection Equine Vet J - November,
  • Nicola Pusterla: Pharmacokinetics of a low dose and FDA-labeled dose of diclazuril administered orally as a pelleted topdressing in adult horses. 2015 Hunyadi L, Papich MG, Pusterla N Pharmacokinetics of a low dose and FDA-labeled dose of diclazuril administered orally as a pelleted topdressing in adult horses. J Vet Pharmacol Ther - June,
  • Nicola Pusterla: Voluntary surveillance program for equine influenza virus in the United States from 2010 to 2013 2015 Pusterla N, Kass PH, Mapes S, Wademan C, Akana N, Barnett C, MacKenzie C, Vaala W Voluntary surveillance program for equine influenza virus in the United States from 2010 to 2013 J Vet Intern Med - January,
  • Nicola Pusterla: Disease associated with equine coronavirus infection and high case fatality rate 2015 Fielding CL, Higgins JK, Higgins JC, McIntosh S, Scott E, Giannitti F, Mete A, Pusterla N Disease associated with equine coronavirus infection and high case fatality rate J Vet Intern Med - January,
  • Nicola Pusterla: Necrotizing enteritis and hyperammonemic encephalopathy associated with equine coronavirus infection in equids 2014 Giannitti F, Diab S, Mete A, Stanton JB, Fielding L, Crossley B, Sverlow K, Fish S, Mapes S, Scott L, Pusterla N Necrotizing enteritis and hyperammonemic encephalopathy associated with equine coronavirus infection in equids Vet Pathol - November,
  • Nicola Pusterla: Detection of clade 2 equine influenza virus in an adult horse recently imported to the USA 2014 Pusterla N, Estell K, Mapes S, Wademan C Detection of clade 2 equine influenza virus in an adult horse recently imported to the USA Equine Vet Educ, 26, 453-455,
  • Nicola Pusterla: Lawsonia intracellularis proliferative enteropathy in a 3.5-year-old miniature horse 2014 Mayer JR, Fielding CL, Pusterla N, Magdesian KG, Higgins JC Lawsonia intracellularis proliferative enteropathy in a 3.5-year-old miniature horse Equine Vet. Educ.,
  • Nicola Pusterla: Equine Herpesvirus 1 Myeloencephalopathy 2014 Pusterla N, Hussey GS Equine Herpesvirus 1 Myeloencephalopathy Vet North Am. Equine Pract.,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2014 Pusterla N, Madigan JE: Anaplasma phagocytophilum infection, D.C. Sellon, M.T. Long, (ed), Equine Infectious Diseases, 2nd edition, St. Louis. 344-347.

2014 Pusterla N, Gebhart CJ, Lavoie J-P, Drolet R: Lawsonia intracellularis, D.C. Sellon, M.T. Long, (ed), Equine Infectious Diseases, 2nd edition, St. Louis. 316-321.

2014 Pusterla N, Madigan JE : Equine granulocytic anaplasmosis (formerly ehrlichiosis), K.A. Sprayberry, N.E. Robinson, (ed), Current Therapy in Equine Medicine, 7th edition, St. Louis. 193-195.

2014 Pusterla N, Leutenegger CM: PCR in infectious disease diagnosis and management, K.A. Sprayberry, N.E. Robinson, (ed), Current Therapy in Equine Medicine, 7th edition, St. Louis. 139-143.

2014 Morley PS, Pusterla N: Viral respiratory disease in athletic horses, K.W. Hinchcliff, A.J. Kaneps, R.J. Geor, (ed), Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery, 2nd edition, New York. 649-664.