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

5225 Vet Med 3A
Davis, CA 95616


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-Investigator, Evaluation of optimal conditions for the collection, processing and storage of porcine blood, (Principal Investigator), Clinical Investigation Facility (CIF) Travis Air Force Base

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 Center for Companion Animal Health

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • 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 bone marrow derived equine mesenchymal stem cells Equine Veterinary Journal,
  • 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. Veterinary Clinical Pathology / American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology,
  • Link Icon 2012 Sinclair KM, Church M, Farver TB, Lowenstine LJ, Owens SD, Paul-Murphy J Effects of meloxicam on hematology, clinical biochemistry and histopathology in Coturnix quail (Coturnix japonica) AJVR,
  • Link Icon 2011 Owens, SD, Burges, J, Johns, JL, Carrade, DD, Galuppo, LD, Librach, F, Borjesson, DL Processing of equine bone marrow using the automated MarrowXpress System: RBC depletion, volume reduction, and mononuclear cell recovery. Veterinary clinical pathology / American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology,
  • Link Icon 2011 Carrade DD, Owens SD, Galuppo LD, Vidal MA, Ferraro GL, Librach F, Buerchler S, Friedman MS, Walker NJ, Borjesson DL Clinicopathologic findings following intra-articular injection of autologous and allogeneic placentally derived equine mesenchymal stem cells in horses Cytotherapy,
  • Link Icon 2010 Toupadakis CA, Wong A, Genetos DC, Cheung WK, Borjesson DL, Ferraro GL, Galuppo LD, Leach JK, Owens SD, Yellowley CE Comparison of the osteogenic potential of equine mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow, adipose tissue, umbilical cord blood, and umbilical cord tissue Am J Vet Res,
  • Link Icon 2010 Malka S, Hawkins MG, Zabolotzky SM, Mitchell EB, Owens SD Immune-mediated pure red cell aplasia in a domestic ferret J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Link Icon 2010 Owens SD, Johns JL, Walker NJ, Librach FA, Carrade DD, Tablin F, Borjesson DL Use of an in vitro biotinylation technique for determination of posttransfusion survival of fresh and stored autologous red blood cells in Thoroughbreds Am J Vet Res,
  • Link Icon 2009 Schuh EM, Friedman MS, Carrade DD, Li J, Heeke D, Oyserman SM, Galuppo LD, Lara DJ, Walker NJ, Ferraro GL, Owens SD, Borjesson DL Identification of variables that optimize isolation and culture of multipotent mesenchymal stem cells from equine umbilical-cord blood Am J Vet Res,
  • Link Icon 2009 Bartholomew S, Owens SD, Ferraro GL, Carrade DD, Lara DJ, Librach FA, Borjesson DL, Galuppo LD Collection of equine cord blood and placental tissues in 40 thoroughbred mares Equine Vet J,

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.