Larry Galuppo, DVM, DACVS (Chief of Service)
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
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.
Sarah le Jeune, DVM, DACVS, DECVS, DACVSMR, CVA, CertVetChiro
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
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.
Sarah Gray, BVSc - Staff Veterinarian
Dr. Sarah Gray received her veterinary degree from Massey University in New Zealand. Following veterinary school, she completed a one-year internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky in 2009. Dr. Gray then went on to complete another one-year internship at Ruffian Equine Medical Center in New York in 2010. She then came to UC Davis to participate in a three-year residency in equine surgery, which she completed in 2013. Dr. Gray chose to stay on at UC Davis as a staff veterinarian.
Laurie Bohannon-Worsley, DVM - Resident I
Dr. Bohannon-Worsley earned her veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 2008. She then completed an internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital, and spent a year at the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine as a clinical fellow. Dr. Bohannon-Worsley finished an Equine Field Service Fellowship at UC Davis in 2013 before beginning her residency in equine surgery.
Pablo Espinosa, DVM - Resident I
Dr. Pablo Espinosa obtained his veterinary degree at the University Complutense of Madrid in 2007. He started his professional career in a large animal private practice in the east of France. Dr. Espinosa then completed an internship in equine medicine and surgery at the University of Montreal. Following that internship, he worked for an orthopedic referral practice in Paris for a year. Last year, Dr. Espinosa completed an equine surgery internship at Milton Equine Hospital in Canada. His specific interests include lameness, orthopedics and colic surgery.
Isabelle Kilcoyne, MVB - Resident
Dr. Isabelle Kilcoyne received her veterinary degree from University College Dublin (Ireland) in 2008. Previously, she has completed a residency with the Equine Field Service at UC Davis before starting a residency in equine surgery.
Jan Trela, DVM - Resident III
Dr. Jan Trela completed his veterinary degree in 2008 at Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULS) in Poland. He then completed a two-year internship in equine medicine and surgery at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center before returning to WULS to work for a year as a junior faculty member in equine surgery. Dr. Trela started his UC Davis residency in equine surgery in 2011.