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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

1998 Karl-Pfizer award for excellence in scientific work
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
2001 House Office Seminar Day award for the best research presentation in Large Animal Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, University of California, Davis
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
2005 Favorite Equine Lecturer for the class of 2006

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, Evaluation of the pathogenicity of different Lawsonia intracellularis isolates at inducing equine proliferative enteropathy in experimentally infected weanling foals, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health

Principal Investigator, Study the effect of antiprotozoal treatment on the level of antibodies against Sarcocystic neurona, agent of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, in seropositive, healthy and non-neurologic horses, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health

Co-Investigator, Evaluation of different sedation protocols for standing spinal fluid collection from the lumbosacral space in neurologic horses, Nora Nogradi (Principal Investigator), John Hughes Memorial Endowment

Co-Investigator, Field use of N-butylscopolammonium bromide to facilitate complete ophthalmological exam in horses, Joanie Palmero (Principal Investigator), Dan Evens Memorial Endowment

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

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2011 Publications Clarification ,
  • Link Icon 2011 Carr E, Schott H, Pusterla N Absence of Equid Herpesvirus-1 Reactivation and Viremia in Hospitalized Critically Ill Horses J Vet Intern Med,
  • Link Icon 2011 Page AE, Slovis NM, Gebhart CJ, Wolfsdorf K, Mapes SM, Pusterla N Serial use of serologic assays and fecal PCR assays to aid in identification of subclinical Lawsonia intracellularis infection for targeted treatment of Thoroughbred foals and weanlings J. Am. Vet. Med. Assoc,
  • Link Icon 2011 Hall TL, Tell LA, Wetzlich SE, McCormick JD, Fowler LW, Pusterla N Pharmacokinetics of ceftiofur sodium and ceftiofur crystalline free acid in neonatal foals J Vet Pharmacol Ther,
  • Link Icon 2011 Fielding CL, Pusterla N, Magdesian KG, Higgins JC, Meier CA Rattlesnake envenomation in horses: 58 cases (1992-2009) J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Link Icon 2011 Pusterla N, Conrad PA, Packham AE, Mapes SM, Finno CJ, Gardner IA, Barr BC, Ferraro GL, Wilson WD Endogenous Transplacental Transmission of Neospora hughesi in Naturally Infected Horses J Parasitol,
  • Link Icon 2010 Pusterla N, Puschner B, Steidl S, Collier J, Kane E, Stuart RL alpha-Tocopherol concentrations in equine serum and cerebrospinal fluid after vitamin E supplementation Vet Rec,
  • Link Icon 2010 Pusterla N, Wattanaphansak S, Mapes S, Collier J, Hill J, Difrancesco M, Gebhart C Oral infection of weanling foals with an equine isolate of Lawsonia intracellularis, agent of equine proliferative enteropathy J Vet Intern Med,
  • Link Icon 2010 Marmulak T, Stanley S, Kass PH, Wiebe V, McKemie D, Pusterla N Pharmacokinetics of intrarectal omeprazole in alpacas J Vet Pharmacol Ther,
  • Link Icon 2010 Pusterla N, Hussey SB, Mapes S, Johnson C, Collier JR, Hill J, Lunn DP, Wilson WD Molecular investigation of the viral kinetics of equine herpesvirus-1 in blood and nasal secretions of horses after corticosteroid-induced recrudescence of latent infection J Vet Intern Med,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2010 Wilson WD, Pusterla N: Equine herpesvirus 1 myeloencephalopathy, Reed SM, Bayly WM, Sellon DC, (ed), Equine Internal Medicine, 3rd edition, St. Louis. 615-622.

2009 Madigan J, Toth B, Pusterla N: Potomac Horse Fevers, Mair TS, Hutchinson RE, (ed), Infectious Diseases of the Horse, Cambridgeshire. 312-317.

2009 Pusterla N, Madigan JE: Equine granulocytic ehrlichiosis, Mair TS, Hutchinson RE, (ed), Infectious Diseases of the Horse, Cambridgeshire. 341-346.

2008 Leutenegger CM, Pusterla N: Molecular diagnostics in large animals, Smith BP. Elsevier, St. Louis, (ed), Large Animal Internal Medicine, 4th edition. 436-441.

2008 Pusterla N, Leutenegger CM: Molecular testing for infectious diseases in horses, Smith BP. Elsevier, St. Louis,, (ed), Large Animal Internal Medicine, 4th edition. 441-446.