Faculty / Staff

FACULTY

Photo: Joie Watson, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Joie Watson, DVM, PhD, DACVIM - Interim Section Head

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.

Photo: Sharon Spier, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Chief of Service)

Sharon Spier, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

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.

Photo: Tania Kozikowski, DVM - Staff Veterinarian

Tania Kozikowski, DVM - Staff Veterinarian

HOUSE OFFICERS

Photo: Alejandra Garza Rodriguez, DVM - Fellow

Alejandra Garza Rodriguez, DVM - Fellow

STAFF

Photo: Janette Barrango

Janette Barrango

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.