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Beverly K Sturges- BS, DVM, MAS, MS
Associate Professor of Clinical
Surgical & Radiological Sciences

1402 Tupper Hall
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 7545


Research Focus

Clinical Studies:

     Epilepsy and seizure prediction in dogs 

     Stem cell therapy for spinal cord injury in dogs 


Specialty Focus



1986 DVM Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
1979 BS , Andrews University,
1988 MS , Oregon State University,
2005 Neurology/Neurosurgery, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, University of California, Davis
2009 MAS Mentored Clinical Research Training Program (K-30), University of California, Davis, CA

Honors and Awards

1978 Certificate of Achievement as Student Teacher to Ivory Coast, West Africa
1979 Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities
1983 Dean's List, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
1984 Dean's List, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
1986 American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Award for Outstanding Clinical Proficiency in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
1993 Honorary license to practice medicine in Federated States of Micronesia; awarded for voluntary medical work performed on outer atolls with project Canvasback


State Licensure - California
License to practice veterinary medicine in Australia
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
State Licensure - Oregon
State Licensure - Washington

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Darrowby Endowment, (Principal Investigator), Private to support neurology research

Principal Investigator, Krauss Darrowby, (Principal Investigator), Support Neurology

Principal Investigator, Canine Epilepsy & Neurological, (Principal Investigator), Neurovista to support canine epliepsy and other neurological disorders

Principal Investigator, Stem Cell Research, (Principal Investigator), Private donors to support stem cell research

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2011 Trivedi SR, Sykes JE, Cannon MS, Wisner ER, Meyer W, Sturges BK, Dickinson PJ, Johnson LR Clinical features and epidemiology of cryptococcosis in cats and dogs in California: 93 cases (1988-2010) J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Link Icon 2011 Davis KA, Sturges BK, Vite CH, Ruedebusch V, Worrell G, Gardner AB, Leyde K, Sheffield WD, Litt B A novel implanted device to wirelessly record and analyze continuous intracranial canine EEG Epilepsy Res,
  • Link Icon 2010 Sykes JE, Sturges BK, Cannon MS, Gericota B, Higgins RJ, Trivedi SR, Dickinson PJ, Vernau KM, Meyer W, Wisner ER Clinical signs, imaging features, neuropathology, and outcome in cats and dogs with central nervous system cryptococcosis from California J Vet Intern Med,
  • Link Icon 2009 Tzipory L, Vernau KM, Sturges BK, Zabka TS, Highland MA, Petersen SA, Wisner ER, Moore PF, Vernau W Antemortem diagnosis of localized central nervous system histiocytic sarcoma in 2 dogs J Vet Intern Med,
  • Link Icon 2009 Windsor RC, Sturges BK, Vernau KM, Vernau W Cerebrospinal fluid eosinophilia in dogs J Vet Intern Med,
  • Link Icon 2008 Dickinson PJ, Sturges BK, Higgins RJ, Roberts BN, Leutenegger CM, Bollen AW, LeCouteur RA Vascular endothelial growth factor mRNA expression and peritumoral edema in canine primary central nervous system tumors Vet Pathol,
  • Link Icon 2008 Estrella JS, Nelson RN, Sturges BK, Vernau KM, Williams DC, LeCouteur RA, Shelton GD, Mizisin AP Endoneurial microvascular pathology in feline diabetic neuropathy Microvasc Res,
  • Link Icon 2008 Higgins RJ, Dickinson PJ, Kube SA, Moore PF, Couto SS, Vernau KM, Sturges BK, LeCouteur RA Necrotizing meningoencephalitis in five Chihuahua dogs Vet Pathol,
  • Link Icon 2008 Sturges BK, Dickinson PJ, Bollen AW, Koblik PD, Kass PH, Kortz GD, Vernau KM, Knipe MF, LeCouteur RA, Higgins RJ Magnetic resonance imaging and histological classification of intracranial meningiomas in 112 dogs J Vet Intern Med,
  • Link Icon 2008 Petersen SA, Sturges BK, Dickinson PJ, Pollard RE, Kass PH, Kent M, Vernau KM, LeCouteur RA, Higgins RJ Canine intraspinal meningiomas: Imaging features, histopathologic classification, and long-term outcome in 34 dogs J Vet Intern Med,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2009 Sturges BK, Knipe MF: Sleep disorders, , Ettinger's Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 7th edition. 234-8.

2007 Sturges BK: Diagnosis and treatment of atlantoaxial subluxation, JD Bonagura, (ed), Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy XIV. 1083-7.

2007 Sturges BK: Cerebrospinal fluid sampling, Silvertein and Hopper, (ed), Handbook of Small Animal Critical Care Medicine, Philadelphia. 448-52.

2007 Sturges BK, LeCouteur RA: Intracranial hypertension, Silvertein and Hopper, (ed), Handbook of Small Animal Critical Care Medicine, Philadelphia. 423-9.

2007 Sturges BK: Intracranial pressure monitoring, Silvertein and Hopper, (ed), Handbook of Small Animal Critical Care Medicine, Philadelphia. 883-6.