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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 2014 Aleman M, Dickinson PJ, Williams DC, Sturges BK, LeCouteur RA, Vernau KM, Shelton GD. Electrophysiologic Confirmation of Heterogenous Motor Polyneuropathy in Young Cats J Vet Intern Med,
  • Link Icon 2014 Howbert JJ, Patterson E, Stead M, Vasoli V, Crepeau D, Vite C, Sturges BK, Ruedebusch V, Mavoori J, Leyde K, Sheffield W, Litt B, Worrell G Forecasting Seizures in Dogs with Naturally Occurring Epilepsy PloS One,
  • Link Icon 2014 Goodnight AL, Traslavina RP, Emanuelson K, Affolter VK, Gaffney PM, Vernau W, Williams C, Wu CI-K, Sturges BK, Lowenstine LJ Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Anal Sac in a Spotted Hyena (Croicuta Crocuta) Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine,
  • Link Icon 2014 Gericota B, Anderson JS, Mitchell G, Borjesson DL, Sturges BK, Nolta JA, Sieber-Blum M Canine Epidermal Neural Crest Stem Cells (cEPI-NCSC) – Characterization and Potential as a Therapy Candidate for a Large Animal Model of Spinal Cord Injury Stem Cells Translational Medicine,
  • Link Icon 2013 Garcia TC, Sturges BK, Stover SM, Aoki K, Liang JM, Reinhardt KB, Kapatkin AS Forelimb brachial muscle activation patterns using surface electromyography and their relationship to kinematics in normal dogs walking and trotting Comparative Exercise Physiology,
  • 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,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2014 Sturges BK: Atlantoaxial Instability, Etienne Cote, (ed), Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Dogs and Cats, 3rd Edition. .

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

2013 Sturges BK: Diagnosis and Treatment of Atlantoaxial Subluxation, Bonagura JD, Twedt DC, (ed), Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy XV, 1st Edition. .

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.