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

1402 Tupper Hall
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 7545


Research Focus

Clinical Studies: Stem cell therapy for spinal cord injury in dogs; Epilepsy and seizure prediction in dogs

Specialty Focus

Neurology and neurosurgery


1986 DVM Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
1979 BS , Andrews University,
1988 MS , Oregon State University,
1998 DACVIM (Neurology) 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

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


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, Canine Epilepsy & Neurological Disorders, (Principal Investigator), Neurovista

Co-Investigator, Gait comparison in dogs with significant body conformation differences, Amy Kapatkin (Principal Investigator), CCAH

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2013 Anwer CC, Vernau KM, Higgins RJ, Dickinson PJ, Sturges BK, LeCouteur RA, Bentley RT, Wisner ER Magnetic resonance imaging features of intracranial granular cell tumors in 6 dogs Vet Radiol & Ultrasound,
  • Link Icon 2013 Vernau KM, Runstadler JA, Brown EA, Cameron JM, Huson HJ; Higgins RJ, Ackerley C, Sturges BK, Dickinson PJ, Puschner B, Giulivia C, Shelton GD, Robinson BH, DiMauro S, Bollen AW Genome-wide Association Analysis Identifies a Mutation in the Thiamine Transporter 2 (SLC19A3) Gene Associated with Alaskan Husky Encephalopathy PLoS One,
  • 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,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2013 Sturges BK, Dickinson PJ: Principles of Neurosurgery, Platt SR, Olby NJ, (ed), BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology, 4th Ed. .

2010 Sturges BK, Westworth DR: Congenital Spinal Malformations in Small Animals, Ronaldo C. da Costa, (ed), Veterinary Clinics of North America. 951-981.

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

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.