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Sean D Owens- BA, DVM
Associate Professor of Clinical
Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

174 Schalm
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 1383


Research Focus

Primary areas of research focus are blood banking and transfusion medicine, and blood typing and crossmaking compatibility issues in companion animals with a primary focus on horses.

Specialty Focus

Clinical Pathology


1988 BA Journalism, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
1998 DVM Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO
2011 Penn Executive Veterinary Leadership Program: making an impact as health leaders, University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, PA
2012 UC Davis Department Chairs Leadership Program, University of California - UC Davis Extension, Davis, CA
2013 AAVMC Leadership Academy for Future Leaders, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, Michigan, Indianapolis and Washington DC

Honors and Awards

2009 $10,000 Kaneko Career Development Award in Clinical Pathology
2002 American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology Young Investigators Award
1998 Dr. D. Warner Anderson Scholarship
1993 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Grant


Diplomate American College of Veterinary Clinical Pathologists
State Licensure - California
Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons - Inactive
Level I Certified Infrared Thermographer

Active Research Grants

Co-Principal Investigator, Evaluation of the pre-analytical stability of adrenocorticotropic hormone in plasma from horses with and without pituitary pars intermedia dysfuntion, (Principal Investigator), UC Davis Center for Equine Health

Co-Investigator, Detection of erythrocyte microparticles in canine blood, Dr. Matt Mellema (Principal Investigator), The UC Davis Center for Companion Animal Health

Co-Principal Investigator, Identifying the Molecular basis of Dog Erythrocyte Antigen 1.1, Dr. Noa Safra (Principal Investigator), The UC Davis Center fo Companion Animal Health

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2014 Grosset, C, Wellehan, JF, Owens, SD, McGraw, S, Gaffney, PM, Foley, J, Childress, AL, Yun, S, Malm, K, Groff, JM, Paul-Murphy, J, Weber, ES Intraerythrocytic iridovirus in central bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps). Journal of veterinary diagnostic investigation : official publication of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Inc,
  • Link Icon 2014 Cagle LA, Epstein SE, Owens SD, Mellema MS, Hopper K, Burton AG Diagnostic yield of cytologic analysis of pericardial effusion in dogs J Vet Intern Med,
  • Link Icon 2013 Burton AG, Harris LA, Owens SD, Jandrey KE The prognostic utility of degenerative left shifts in dogs J Vet Intern Med,
  • Link Icon 2013 Bohannon LK, Owens SD, Walker NJ, Carrade DD, Galuppo LD, Borjesson DL The effects of therapeutic concentrations of gentamicin, amikacin and hyaluronic acid on cultured bone marrow-derived equine mesenchymal stem cells. Equine Vet J,
  • Link Icon 2013 Cooper CA, Moraes LE, Murray JD, Owens SD Hematologic and biochemical reference intervals for specific pathogen free 6-week-old Hampshire-Yorkshire crossbred pigs J Anim Sci Biotechnol, doi:10.1186/2049-1891-5-5,
  • Link Icon 2013 Seriey LE, Foley J, Owens S, Woods L, Boydston E, Lyren L, Poppenga R, Clifford DL, Stephenson N, Rudd J, Riley S Serum chemistry, hematologic and post-mortem findings in bobcats (Lynx Rufus) with notoedric mange J Parasitol,
  • Link Icon 2013 Nogradi N, Koehne A, Mohr C, Owens SD, Heller M Addisonian crisis due to bilateral metastatic adrenal tumor in a Pygmy goat, Case Reports in Veterinary Medicine,,
  • Link Icon 2012 Sinclair KM, Church ME, Farver TB, Lowenstine LJ, Owens SD, Paul-Murphy J Effects of meloxicam on hematologic and plasma biochemical analysis variables and results of histologic examination of tissue specimens of Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica). Am J Vet Res,
  • Link Icon 2012 Keller KA, Sanchez-Migallon Guzman D, Paul-Murphy J, Byrne BA, Owens SD, Kass PH, Weber III EPS Hematologic and plasma biochemical values of free-ranging Western Pond Turtles (Emys marmorata) with comparison to a captive population J Herpetol Med Surg,
  • Link Icon 2012 Mudge MC, Walker NJ, Borjesson DL, Librach F, Johns JL, Owens SD Post-transfusion survival of biotin-labeled allogeneic RBCs in adult horses. Vet Clin Pathol,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2009 Bighignoli B, Owens SD, Froenicke L, Lyons LA: Blood Types of the Domestic Cat, Chapter 61, August JR, (ed), Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, 6th Edition, Philadelphia. 628-638.