Faculty / Staff
Sharon Spier, DVM, PhD, DACVIM - Section Head
Dr. Sharon Spier received her veterinary degree from Texas A&M University in 1983 and her PhD (Comparative Pathology) from UC Davis in 1989. Dr. Spier has served on the UC Davis faculty for more than 20 years, and is a leading authority on multiple aspects of equine medicine. She is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Isabelle Kilcoyne, MVB, DACVS
Dr. Isabelle Kilcoyne earned her veterinary degree from University College Dublin (Ireland) in 2008, after which she spent a year as an equine surgical intern at their University Veterinary Hospital. She then joined UC Davis, first as a team member with the Equine Field Service for two years, and then completing a three-year residency in equine surgery. Dr. Kilcoyne is board certified (Diplomate) in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. She currently serves with several services including: Equine Surgical Emergency and Critical Care Service; Equine Surgery and Lameness Service; and Equine Field Service. Dr. Kilcoyne’s main clinical and research interests are in emergency surgery and medicine, particularly gastrointestinal surgery.
Joie Watson, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Dr. Joie Watson received her DVM from UC Davis in 1986. She also received a PhD (Comparative Pathology) from UC Davis in 1994. Following completion of her PhD in 1994, Dr. Watson became a member of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine faculty. She is board certified in the sub-specialty of large animal in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Emily Berryhill, DVM - Staff Veterinarian
Dr. Emily Berryhill received her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 2010. She then completed a year-long internship and stayed on an additional year at Brock Veterinary Clinic in Texas, with an emphasis in equine practice. Dr. Berryhill returned to UC Davis to complete a year-long fellowship in Equine Medicine and Field Service in 2013 and a three-year residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine in 2016.
Alejandra Garza Rodriguez, DVM - Fellow
Janette Barrango is one of the VMTH’s longest-standing staff members, having been with us since 1977. Originally hired to handle large animal admissions, she later became supervisor of that unit, and worked in admissions for more than 20 years. In 2008, she accepted a position in Field Services where she handles scheduling, as well as administrative needs. With her knowledge base of the VMTH and its history (she helped create the hospital’s first newsletter in 1991), Janette can most likely answer any question you may have about how the VMTH can help you and your animals. In 2009, she won the Favorite Staff Award given by the veterinary students. In 2012, the students also presented her with a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Performance. In 2013, Janette was nominated for the VMTH’s prestigious Rachel Smith Award.