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Robert Poppenga- DVM, PhD
Professor of Clinical
California Animal Health and Food Safety Lab

Maddy Lab
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 8125


Research Focus

Veterinary Clinical Toxicology, Diagnostic Veterinary Toxicology: Diagnostic testing methods for animal intoxications; wildlife toxicology; biomarker development to better define exposure to toxicants.

Specialty Focus



1974 Pre-Veterinary Program, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
1978 DVM Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana-Champaign, IL
1987 PhD Toxicology, University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Honors and Awards

2004 AVMA Congressional Science Fellowship
1972 Alpha Zeta scholastic honorary
1972 Phi Zeta scholastic honorary
1885 Phi Zeta veterinary scholastic honorary


State Licensure - Michigan
Diplomate American Board of Veterinary Toxicologists

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Diagnostic Toxicology Support for the VetLRN, Robert H. Poppenga (Principal Investigator), FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine

Principal Investigator, Validation of carbamate pesticide screen for VetLRN network, Robert H. Poppenga (Principal Investigator), FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine

Co-Investigator, Study of Causes and Diagnosis of Sudden Death in Racehorses, Francisco Uzal (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health, UCD School of Veterinary Medicine

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2014 Poppenga RH, Redig PT, Sikarskie JG Are there legitimate reasons to retain lead ammunition and fishing gear? J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Link Icon 2014 Bautista AC, Puschner B, Poppenga RH Lead exposure from backyard chicken eggs: a public health risk? J Med Toxicol,
  • Link Icon 2014 Kelly TR, Grantham J, George D, Welch A, Brandt J, Burnett LJ, Sorenson KJ, Johnson M, Poppenga R, Moen D, Rasico J, Rivers JW, Battistone C, Johnson CK Spatiotemporal patterns and risk factors for lead exposure in endangered California condors during 15 years of reintroduction Conserv Biol,
  • Link Icon 2014 Mukai M, Woods LW, Stump S, Ebel JG, Levitt AS, Frey MW, Smith J, Uzal FA, Poppenga RH, Puschner B Detection of diisocyanates in nesting material associated with mortality in pigeon chicks J Vet Diagn Invest,
  • Link Icon 2013 Giannitti F, Anderson M, Caspe SG, Mete A, East NE, Mostrom M, Poppenga R An outbreak of sodium fluoroacetate (1080) intoxication in selenium- and copper-deficient sheep in California Vet Pathol,
  • Link Icon 2013 Waddell LS, Poppenga RH, Drobatz KJ Anticoagulant rodenticide screening in dogs: 123 cases (1996-2003) J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Link Icon 2013 Chamorro MF, Passler T, Joiner K, Poppenga RH, Bayne J, Walz PH Acute renal failure in 2 adult llamas after exposure to Oak trees (Quercus spp.) Can Vet J,
  • Link Icon 2013 Serieys LE, Foley J, Owens S, Woods L, Boydston EE, Lyren LM, Poppenga RH, Clifford DL, Stephenson N, Rudd J, Riley SP Serum Chemistry, Hematologic, and Post-Mortem Findings in Free-Ranging Bobcats (Lynx rufus) With Notoedric Mange J Parasitol,
  • Link Icon 2012 Yee MM, Woods LW, Poppenga RH, Puschner B Amanitin intoxication in two beef calves in California Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation,
  • Link Icon 2012 Wack RF, Hansen E, Small M, Poppenga R, Bunn D, Johnson CK Hematology and plasma biochemistry values for the giant garter snake (Thamnophis gigas) and valley garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi) in the Central Valley of California Journal of Wildlife Diseases,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2014 Hauser EA, Poppenga RH: Chapter 29 Herbal Hazards, Bonagura JD, Twedt DC, (ed), Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy, XV, St. Louis. 122.

2014 Poppenga RH: Toxicology, Southwood LL, Wilkins PA, (ed), Equine Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Boca Raton. .

2014 Poppenga RH: Feed Additives, Hovda L, (ed), Smith's Large Animal Medicine, 5th edition, St. Louis. .

2014 Poppenga RH, Puschner B: Toxicology, Orsini J, Divers TJ, (ed), Equine Emergencies: Treatment and Procedures, 4th edition, St. Louis. .

2013 Hauser E, Poppenga RH: Hazards Associated with the Use of Herbal and Other Natural Products, Peterson ME, Talcott PA, (ed), Small Animal Toxicology, 3rd edition, Amsterdam. .