Faculty / Staff
Gary Magdesian, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC, DACVCP - Chief of Service
Dr. Gary Magdesian earned his veterinary degree from UC Davis in 1993. He is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, and the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Magdesian also holds a certification in veterinary acupuncture. He is the Roberta A. and Carla Henry Endowed Chair in emergency medicine and critical care at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Magdesian also serves as chief of the Equine Medical Emergency, Critical Care and Neonatology Service.
Monica Aleman, MVZ, PhD, DACVIM (Internal Medicine, Neurology)
Dr. Monica Aleman received her veterinary degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1991, and has been with UC Davis almost continuously since 1992. She received her PhD in neuromuscular disorders in equines from UC Davis in 2004, and has completed two residency programs (Large Animal Internal Medicine – equine emphasis; and Neurology and Neurosurgery). Dr. Aleman provides primary care for patients in the Large Animal Clinic, and is also currently doing research in comparative neurology. She is board certified in the sub-specialties of neurology and large animal internal medicine in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Carrie Finno, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Dr. Carrie Finno received her veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota. Following graduation, she completed a one-year internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at Minnesota, before coming to UC Davis to complete a three-year residency in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Finno went on to complete a PhD in Comparative Pathology at UC Davis, and then returned to Minnesota to join their faculty as an Assistant Professor. After two years on their faculty, she once again returned to UC Davis as a faculty member in genetics and a clinical role with the Equine Medicine Service. Dr. Finno's research is focused on companion animal genetics, particularly the genetic and environmental risk factors associated with equine neuromuscular diseases.
John Madigan, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Dr. John Madigan received his DVM from UC Davis in 1975, and has spent nearly 40 years caring for animals and improving their lives. Dr. Madigan has made many discoveries and inventions which directly improve the lives of animals worldwide on a daily basis. He is board certified in internal medicine and the author of more than 250 peer-reviewed and proceeding scientific publications and the editor of two textbooks on the care of foals. Dr. Madigan founded the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team which has gained national attention as a Medical Reserve Corp under the Office of the Surgeon General. He has responded to floods, fires and other disasters to aid animals in California and nationally. Dr Madigan is a member of the California Animal Emergency Response Steering Committee, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners Welfare committee. In 2006, he received the national honor of the American Veterinary Medical Association animal welfare award, and School of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Achievement award in 2007.
Nicola Pusterla, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Dr. Nicola Pusterla earned his veterinary degree and PhD from the University of Zurich (Switzerland). He is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine with an equine emphasis, and he has an ongoing interest in all aspects of equine internal medicine and dentistry. Dr. Pusterla’s research focuses on selected aspects of equine infectious diseases with an emphasis on epidemiology, clinical disease understanding, diagnostics, prevention, and treatment.
Lais Costa, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM, DABVP - Staff Veterinarian
Dr. Lais Costa received her veterinary degree from Sao Paulo State University, Brazil. Following veterinary school, she completed: a clinical internship, residency and fellowship at Louisiana State University (LSU); a Master’s Degree at the Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky; a PhD in respiratory immunopathology at LSU; and clinical training at UC Davis. While at UC Davis, Dr. Costa received a Young Investigator Award by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine for a project evaluating Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infection. She has practiced internal medicine in veterinary teaching hospitals at LSU, University of Georgia, Tufts University, and Mississippi State University and has worked as an internal medicine consultant for several years. Dr. Costa’s specialty interests are in respiratory and infectious diseases, immunology, neonatology and geriatrics.
Callum Donnelly, BVSc - Resident I
Dr. Callum Donnelly obtained his veterinary degree from Charles Sturt University School of Veterinary Medicine in Australia. Upon graduation, he participated in a one-year rotating internship at the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria Australia. Dr. Donnelly then completed a residency in theriogenology at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, before beginning his equine medicine residency at UC Davis in 2016.
Charlotte Easton-Jones, DVM - Resident II
Lisa Edwards, DVM - Resident I
Emily Schaefer, DVM - Resident II
Fauna Smith, DVM - Resident III
Dr. Fauna Smith earned her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 2005. She then moved to New Zealand and worked in a mixed animal and equine private practice. From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Smith was the stud veterinarian for Waikato Stud, the largest thoroughbred stud farm in New Zealand. Prior to starting her residency at UC Davis in 2014, she spent a month working with Rural Veterinary Experience, Teaching and Service (R-VETS) in rural North and South Dakota.
Fiona Wensley, BVMS - Resident III
Dr. Fiona Wensley earned her veterinary degree in 2011 at the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Upon graduating, she returned home to work in a private sport horse practice outside of Vancouver, British Columbia for two years, before beginning an equine field service internship at Canada's University of Saskatchewan. During that time, and from a background of competitive show jumping, Dr. Wensley gained significant interest in equine internal medicine and sport horse medicine.