Faculty / Staff
Larry Galuppo, DVM, DACVS - Chief of Service
Dr. Larry Galuppo earned his veterinary degree from UC Davis in 1990. His clinical expertise is in equine orthopedic surgery, including tendon and ligament injuries and joint disease, with special interest in traumatology and fracture repair. His research emphasis is on biomechanics of fracture generation, implant design and fracture repair, with focus in novel healing methods for musculoskeletal injuries utilizing regenerative medicine technology. Dr. Galuppo is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Julie Dechant, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVECC
Dr. Julie Dechant earned her veterinary degree from Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 1996. After completing a private practice internship in her home province of Alberta, she moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to complete a Combined Masters and Clinical Residency in Large Animal Surgery at Colorado State University from 1997-2000. After her residency, Dr. Dechant joined the Large Animal Surgery faculty at the University of Saskatchewan for a 1-year position as a Clinical Associate. From 2001-2004, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor and an Equine Emergency Clinician at Oklahoma State University. She has been with UC Davis since 2004. Dr. Dechant is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. Dr. Dechant’s research interests are related to improving the diagnosis and care of large animal emergency and critical care patients. She has a secondary interest in camelid medicine and associated research.
Scott Katzman, DVM, DACVS
Dr. Scott Katzman earned his veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota. Following three years in private practice, he came to UC Davis to complete an internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery and a residency in Equine Surgery. He then joined the VMTH as a staff veterinarian before moving on to become an associate surgeon at Cleary Lake Veterinary Hospital in Minnesota. Dr. Katzman’s research interests are in the area of equine lameness and gait analysis. Dr. Katzman has also worked as a researcher in the UC Davis J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory.
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.
Sarah le Jeune, DVM, DACVS, DECVS, DACVSMR, CVA, CertVetChiro
Dr. Sarah le Jeune is originally from Belgium, and received her veterinary degree from the University of Liege (Belgium) in 1999. After completing a residency in equine surgery at the VMTH, Dr. le Jeune has been a member of the UC Davis faculty since 2003. She is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as being certified in veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic.
Jorge Nieto, MVZ, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR
Dr. Jorge Nieto is originally from Mexico, and received his veterinary degree from National University of Mexico in 1981. After completing a residency in equine surgery at the VMTH in 1994, Dr. Nieto held several clinical and instructional positions at UC Davis. He then earned a PhD in comparative pathology, and became a faculty member in 2004. He is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Charlene Noll, DVM, MS - Resident I
Dr. Charlene Noll obtained her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 2014 following completion of her MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Following graduation, she completed a one-year large animal rotating internship at New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Noll then completed a one-year equine rotating internship at North Carolina State University prior to beginning an equine surgery residency at UC Davis in 2016.
Marcos Perez Nogues, LV, MSc - Resident II
Dr. Marcos Perez Nogues obtained his veterinary degree from the School of Veterinary Medicine of Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. He then completed a 1.5-year equine internship at the School of Veterinary Medicine of Complutense University along with a Master's degree in Veterinary Research. Dr. Perez then completed two equine surgery internships in private practice: Milton Equine Hospital in Ontario, Canada; and Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky. Upon completion of these internships, he joined the equine surgery residency program at UC Davis.
Russ Sakai, DVM - Resident III
Dr. Russ Sakai earned his undergraduate degree and DVM from UC Davis. After graduation, he completed a one-year equine ambulatory internship at Colorado State University. Dr. Sakai began his equine surgery residency in 2014.
Albert Torrent Crosa, DVM - Resident III
Dr. Albert Torrent Crosa earned his veterinary degree in Spain in 2005. He has since completed several internships and other clinical experiences in equine medicine throughout Europe and North America. Before beginning his equine surgery residency, his most recent internship was at Milton Equine Hospital in Canada.
Elizabeth Acutt, BVSc - Intern
Dr. Elizabeth Acutt earned her veterinary degree (with distinction) from the University of Bristol (UK) in 2015. Following veterinary school, she remained at the University of Bristol and served as a Junior Clinical Training Scholar in Equine Studies for one year. Dr. Acutt then briefly served as a locum equine veterinarian at a private practice in the UK before starting her internship at UC Davis in 2016.