Faculty / Staff
Jorge Nieto, MVZ, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR - Section Head
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.
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 one-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
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.
Isabelle Kilcoyne, MVB, DACVS - Staff Veterinarian
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 as a staff veterinarian at UC Davis’ Large Animal Clinic, working 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.