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Julie E Dechant- DVM, MS
Associate Professor of Clinical
Surgical & Radiological Sciences

167 Vet Med II
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 9583


Research Focus

Diagnosis and management of equine emergency and critical care patients; camelid medicine and surgery.

Specialty Focus

Equine Surgery


1996 DVM , University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2000 MS Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

Honors and Awards

2011 Dr. Murray Fowler Achievement Award
2010 Certificate of Special Recognition from California-International Llama Association
1999 Dr. Virgil and Metzy H. Yount Postgraduate Veterinary Medicine Award
1998 Student Chapter of American Veterinary Medical Association Large Animal Resident Appreciation Award
1996 Marilyn J. Dodd Memorial Award
1996 John Carl Tucker Award
1996 F.W. Schofield Prize in Veterinary Pathology
1996 Dr. R.H. Dunlop Book Prize for Academic Excellence in Veterinary
1996 American College of Veterinary Surgeons Award for Large Animal Surgery
1996 Ayerst Veterinary Laboratories First General Proficiency Award
1996 Western College of Veterinary Medicine Faculty Gold Medal
1995 Western College of Veterinary Medicine Bayer, Inc. Award in Herd Medicine
1995 Western College of Veterinary Medicine Impromed Provides Award in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
1994-95 Western College of Veterinary Medicine University Undergraduate Scholarship
1994 Western College of Veterinary Medicine W.B. Saunders Company Award in Medicine
1993 Western College of Veterinary Medicine Prize in Histology
1993 Western College of Veterinary Medicine William Sidey Scholarship
1991-95 Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship


Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
California Veterinary License, #14011
Colorado Veterinary License, #6503

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Alpaca Antibody Development for Agri-Analysis, (Principal Investigator), USDA

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2012 Kim HJ, McCoy MR, Majkova Z, Dechant JE, Gee SJ, Tabares-da Rosa S, Gonzalez-Sapienza GG, Hammock BD Isolation of alpaca anti-hapten heavy chain single domain antibodies for development of sensitive immunoassay Anal Chem,
  • Link Icon 2012 Fielding CL, Dechant JE Colic in competing endurance horses presenting to referral centres: 36 cases Equine Vet J,
  • Link Icon 2011 Yamout SZ, Nieto JE, Beldimenico PM, Dechant JE, le Jeune SS, Snyder JR Evaluation of peritoneal and plasma D-lactate in horses with colic Vet Surg,
  • Link Icon 2011 Dechant JE, Symm WA, Nieto JE Comparison of pH, lactate, and glucose analysis of synovial fluid from horses using a portable clinical analyzer with a bench-top blood gas analyzer Vet Surg,
  • Link Icon 2011 Kilcoyne I, Dechant JE, Kass PH, Spier SJ Penetrating injuries to the frog (cuneus ungulae) and collateral sulci of the foot in equids: 63 cases (1998-2008) J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Link Icon 2011 Romero AE, Nieto JE, Dechant JE, Hopper K, Aleman M Effects of aerobic and anaerobic fluid collection on biochemical analysis of peritoneal fluid in healthy horses and horses with colic Vet Surg,
  • Link Icon 2010 Prange T, Holcombe SJ, Brown JA, Dechant JE, Fubini SL, Embertson RM, Peroni J, Rakestraw PC, Hauptman JG Resection and anastomosis of the descending colon in 43 horses Vet Surg,
  • Link Icon 2010 Ortega J, Crossley B, Dechant JE, Drew CP, Maclachlan NJ Fatal bluetongue virus infection in an alpaca (Vicugna pacos) in California J Vet Diagn Invest,
  • Link Icon 2009 le Jeune SS, Nieto JE, Dechant JE, Snyder JR Prevalence of gastric ulcers in Thoroughbred broodmares in pasture: A preliminary report Vet J,
  • Link Icon 2008 Dechant JE, Whitcomb MB, Magdesian KG Ultrasonographic diagnosis--idiopathic muscular hypertrophy of the small intestine in a miniature horse Vet Radiol Ultrasound,