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Karen M Vernau- DVM, MAS
Associate Professor of Clinical
Surgical & Radiological Sciences

1310E Tupper Hall
Davis, CA 95616


Research Focus

Inflammatory brain disease.

Metabolic brain disease.

Specialty Focus

Neurology & Neurosurgery


1991 DVM , Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
2006 MAS Applied Clinical Research, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA
1986 Biological Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Honors and Awards

1997 Favorite Small Animal Resident Award, VMTH, UC Davis, Class of 1997
1991 Coopers Agropharm Inc Prize
1991 Iams Scholarship
1991 OVC'52 Prize
1990 Impromed Provides Award
1989 National Sciences And Engineering Research Council Undergraduate Award
1989 Dr. Jean Rumney Memorial Scholarship


Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
Veterinary License (New South Wales, Australia)
Veterinary License (Ontario, Canada)
Veterinary License (California, USA)

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2011 Marks SL, Lipsitz D, Vernau KM, Dickinson PJ, Draper W, Larsen JA, Fascetti AJ Reversible encephalopathy secondary to thiamine deficiency in 3 cats ingesting commercial diets J Vet Intern Med,
  • 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 2009 Zabolotzky SM, Vernau KM, Kass PH, Vernau W Prevalence and significance of extracellular myelin-like material in canine cerebrospinal fluid Vet Clin Pathol,
  • Link Icon 2008 Westworth DR, Dickinson PJ, Vernau W, Johnson EG, Bollen AW, Kass PH, Sturges BK, Vernau KM, LeCouteur RA, Higgins RJ Choroid plexus tumors in 56 dogs (1985-2007) J Vet Intern Med,
  • 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 Windsor RC, Vernau KM, Sturges BK, Kass PH, Vernau W Lumbar cerebrospinal fluid in dogs with type I intervertebral disc herniation 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,
  • 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,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2011 Vernau W, Bolon B, Vernau K: Cerebrospinal fluid analysis in toxicologic neuropathology, Bolon B and Butt M, (ed), Fundamental Neuropathology for Pathologists and Toxicologists: Principles and Techniques, Hoboken, NJ. 271-283.

2008 Vernau KM, LeCouteur RA, Maddison, JE: Anticonvulsant drugs, Maddison JE, Page SW, Church DB, (ed), Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology, 2nd edition. 367-379.

2008 Vernau KM, LeCouteur RA: Seizures and status epilepticus, Silverstein DC, Hopper K, (ed), Small Animal Critical Care Medicine, Chapter 98. 414-419.

2008 Vernau W, Vernau KM, Bailey CS: Cerebrospinal fluid, Kaneko JJ, Harvey JW and Bruss ML, (ed), Clinical Biochemistry of Domestic Animals, 6th edition. 769-819.

2006 Vernau KM, Dickinson PJ: Brain tumors, August JR, (ed), Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine. 505-16.