CE Specialist Vet Med

UC ANR has over 150 Cooperative Extension (CE) Specialists located at UC Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Riverside. The CE Specialists focus on applied research and extension in several areas including animal agriculture, environment and natural resource management and 4-H youth programs.

The list below provides information on CE specialists who are faculty members within the school of veterinary medicine.

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Pramod Pandey

4021 Vet Med 3B
Department of Population Health and Reproduction
University of California at Davis, CA
Phone: 530-752-0615 (office), 530-219-6286 (work cell)
Email: pkpandey@ucdavis.edu

Faculty webpage


Dr. Pramod Pandey’s research and extension focus is multidisciplinary with respect to the environment, and waste treatment engineering systems  Specific areas of research include developing improved methods for on-farm poultry carcass disposal in order to mitigate the presence of pathogenic organisms such as Salmonella and E. coli. In addition, Dr. Pandey is working in the watersheds associated with Yosemite National Park in order to understand the variability of pathogens such as E. coli in the water column and bed sediment of recreational streams.

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Alda Pires

Urban Agriculture & Food Safety Specialist, DVM, MPVM, PhD, DACVPM
Specialist in Cooperative Extension
Department of Population Health & Reproduction

Faculty webpage

UC ANR Small Farms and Urban Agriculture Website

Email: apires@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Pires’ research and extension focus is focused on food safety issues unique to small-scale farms including integrated farms that grow livestock/poultry and crops on the same land.  With respect to food safety, science based best practices are poorly understood.  Dr. Peres’s research and outreach work focuses on characterizing the unique features of these systems and identifying mitigation strategies to reduce food safety risks in both food animals and crops. Current areas of research include microbial monitoring of various pathogenic organisms including Salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter in produce and livestock species. Understanding the prevalence and survivability of these food-borne pathogens on these mixed-crop livestock farms is integral toward ensuring the production of safe agricultural products (animal products and produce) from the growing number of California’s small farms, protecting the public’s health, and educating local communities on the varied safety issues surrounding their food supply.

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Maurice Pitesky

Assistant Director, DVM, MPVM, DACVPM
Poultry Health and Food Safety Epidemiology
4007 Vet Med 3B

Faculty Webpage

UC ANR Poultry Website

Maurice Pitesky research and extension focus is on poultry health and food safety epidemiology. Specifically, Dr. Pitesky’s research and extension focus are focused in three major areas: 1) Using “traditional” epidemiological techniques and GIS and spatial statistics to understand how avian diseases move in time and space. 2) Using novel statistical and epidemiological approaches to identify food safety risks from farm to fork.  3)  Gaining a better understanding of non-conventional commercial poultry production with respect to environmental sustainability, poultry heath, and food safety.  Among other projects, Dr. Pitesky is currently working on a 3 year project focused on using “next generation radar”, Landsat satellite imaging and resource selection models to better understand wild waterfowl movements in the Central Valley of California in order to better inform the California poultry industry about the risk of avian influenza.

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Martin Smith

Youth Literacy
Phone: (530) 752-6894
UC Davis campus

Faculty Webpage

Dr. Martin Smith’s research and extension focus emphasizes interdisciplinary curriculum development that includes applied research, evaluation, and program dissemination. Additionally, Dr. Smith’s work places an emphasis on effective professional development for science educators, with a focus on contemporary, community of practice-based models that are grounded in constructivism, are data-driven, and occur over extended periods of time. Recent endeavors include: the UC-ANR-funded Mitigating Zoonotic and Animal Disease Risks in 4-H Animal Science Projects through Coordinated Education and Research project, a statewide effort that involved collaborators in 11 California counties. 

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Noelia Silva-del-Rio


ANR faculty webpage

Dairy Herd Health, Production Medicine and Food Safety

Dr. Noelia Silva del Rio’s research and extension focus is on dairy production and food safety.  Within this topic area current research includes treatment and management solutions for subclinical hypocalcemia such as dietary cation-anion diets and oral Calcium supplementation in post-partum cows.  In addition, Dr. Silva-del-Rio is working with the California dairy industry to better identify how dairies evaluate sick cows in order to optimize judicious use of antibiotics.