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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


2006 MAS Applied Clinical Research, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA
1991 DVM , Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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 2014 Aleman, M, Dickinson, PJ, Williams, DC, Sturges, BK, LeCouteur, RA, Vernau, KM, Shelton, GD Electrophysiologic Confirmation of Heterogenous Motor Polyneuropathy in Young Cats. Journal of veterinary internal medicine / American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine,
  • Link Icon 2014 Casey, KM, Bollen, AW, Winger, KM, Vernau, KM, Dickinson, PJ, Higgins, RJ, Sisó, S Bilaterally Symmetric Focal Cortical Dysplasia in a Golden Retriever Dog. Journal of comparative pathology,
  • Link Icon 2014 Vernau, K, Napoli, E, Wong, S, Ross-Inta, C, Cameron, J, Bannasch, D, Higgins, R, Dickinson, P, Giulivi, C Thiamine Deficiency-mediated Brain Mitochondrial Pathology in Alaskan Huskies with mutation in SLC19A3.1. Brain pathology (Zurich, Switzerland),
  • Link Icon 2014 Grosset C, Guzman DS-M, Keating MK, Gaffney PM, Lowenstine L, Zwingenberger A, Young AC, Vernau KM, Sokoloff AM, Hawkins MG Central Vestibular Disease in a Blue and Gold Macaw (Ara ararauna) With Cerebral Infarction and Hemorrhage Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery,
  • Link Icon 2014 Cooper JJ, Schatzberg SJ, Vernau KM, Summers BA, Porter BF, Siso S, Young BD, Levine JM Necrotizing meningoencephalitis in atypical dog breeds: a case series and literature review J Vet Intern Med,
  • Link Icon 2013 Safra N, Bassuk AG, Ferguson PJ, Aguilar M, Coulson RL, Thomas N, Hitchens PL, Dickinson PJ, Vernau KM, Wolf ZT, Bannasch DL Genome-wide association mapping in dogs enables identification of the homeobox gene, NKX2-8, as a genetic component of neural tube defects in humans PLoS Genet,
  • 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 six 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, Giulivi C, Shelton GD, Robinson BH, DiMauro S, Bollen AW, Bannasch DL Genome-wide association analysis identifies a mutation in the thiamine transporter 2 (SLC19A3) gene associated with Alaskan Husky encephalopathy PloS One,
  • Link Icon 2013 Mariani CL, Boozer LB, Braxton AM, Platt SR, Vernau KM, McDonnell JJ, Guevar J Evaluation of matrix metalloproteinase-2 and -9 in the cerebrospinal fluid of dogs with intracranial tumors Am J Vet Res,
  • Link Icon 2013 Traslavina RP, Kent MS, Mohr FC, Dickinson PJ, Vernau KM, Bollen AW, Higgins RJ Clear cell ependymoma in a dog J Comp Pathol,

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.