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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

  • Link Icon 2014 N. Pusterla, K. Estell, S. Mapes and C. Wademan Detection of clade 2 equine influenza virus in an adult horse recently imported to the USA Equine Vet Educ, 26, 453-455,
  • Link Icon 2014 MAYER J.R., C.L. FIELDING, N. PUSTERLA, K.G. MAGDESIAN and J.C. HIGGINS Lawsonia intracellularis proliferative enteropathy in a 3.5-year-old miniature horse Equine Vet. Educ. 26, 619-621,
  • Link Icon 2014 PUSTERLA, N. and G.S. HUSSEY Equine Herpesvirus 1 Myeloencephalopathy Vet North Am. Equine Pract.,
  • Link Icon 2014 Sampieri F, Allen AL, Alcorn J, Clark CR, Vannucci FA, Pusterla N, Mapes SM, Ball KR, Dowling PM, Thompson J, Bernstein LR, Gebhart CJ, Hamilton DL Efficacy of gallium maltolate against Lawsonia intracellularis infection in a rabbit model. J Vet Pharmacol Ther,
  • Link Icon 2014 Henry T, Pusterla N, Guedes AG, Verstraete FJ Evaluation and clinical use of an intraoral inferior alveolar nerve block in the horse. Equine Vet J,
  • Link Icon 2014 Pusterla N, Byrne BA, Mapes S, Akana N, Wademan C, Fielding LC, Slovis N, Elam T, Magdesian KG Investigation of the use of pooled faecal and environmental samples following an enrichment step for the detection of Salmonella enterica by real-time PCR. Vet Rec,
  • Link Icon 2014 Pusterla N, Mackie S, Packham A, Conrad PA Serological investigation of transplacental infection with Neospora hughesi and Sarcocystis neurona in broodmares. Vet J,
  • Link Icon 2014 Harms C, Mapes S, Akana N, Coatti Rocha D, Pusterla N Detection of modified-live equine intranasal vaccine pathogens in adult horses using quantitative PCR. Vet Rec,
  • Link Icon 2014 Sampieri F, Alcorn J, Allen AL, Clark CR, Vannucci FA, Pusterla N, Mapes S, Ball KR, Dowling PM, Thompson J, Bernstein LR, Gebhart CJ, Hamilton DL Pharmacokinetics of gallium maltolate in Lawsonia intracellularis-infected and uninfected rabbits. J Vet Pharmacol Ther,
  • Link Icon 2014 Pusterla N, Tamez-Trevino E, White A, Vangeem J, Packham A, Conrad PA, Kass P Comparison of prevalence factors in horses with and without seropositivity to Neospora hughesi and/or Sarcocystis neurona. Vet J,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2014 PUSTERLA, N. and J.E MADIGAN: Anaplasma phagocytophilum infection, D.C. Sellon, M.T. Long, (ed), Equine Infectious Diseases, 2nd edition, St. Louis. 344-347.

2014 PUSTERLA, N., C.J. GEBHART, J.-P. LAVOIE and R. DROLET : Lawsonia intracellularis, D.C. Sellon, M.T. Long, (ed), Equine Infectious Diseases, 2nd edition, St. Louis. 316-321.

2014 PUSTERLA, N. and J.E. MADIGAN : 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. and C.M. LEUTENEGGER : 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, P.S. and N. PUSTERLA : 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.