Faculty / Staff
Julie Dechant, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVECC - Chief of Service
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.
Pablo Espinosa, DVM, DACVS
Dr. Pablo Espinosa obtained his veterinary degree at the University Complutense of Madrid in 2007. Following veterinary school, he started his professional career in a large animal private practice in the east of France, and then completed an internship in equine medicine and surgery at the University of Montreal. Following his internship, Dr. Espinosa worked for an orthopedic referral practice in Paris for one year, and then completed an equine surgery internship at Milton Equine Hospital in Canada. In 2013, Dr. Espinosa began a three-year surgical residency with the UC Davis Large Animal Clinic. He completed the residency in 2016, and is now board certified in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Following his residency, he remained at UC Davis and serves the Large Animal Clinic in several capacities, including the Large Animal Intensive Care Unit, surgery services, clinical trials, and PET scan research. Dr. Espinosa’s specific clinical interests are lameness, orthopedics and colic surgery.
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.
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.