Faculty - Staff
Dr. Bret McNabb, DVM, MPVM, DACT (Chief of Service)
Dr. Bret McNabb graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, where he focused on large animal medicine. After graduation, he practiced in Dillon, Montana in a mixed large animal practice comprised of mostly beef cattle and equine work. He returned to UC Davis in 2009, and completed a residency in Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction, as well a Masters in Preventative Veterinary Medicine. Dr. McNabb became a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 2012, and currently serves as the chief of the Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction Service.
Dr. Joan Dean Rowe, DVM, MPVM, PhD, DACPM
Dr. Joan Dean Rowe holds DVM, MPVM, and PhD degrees from the University of California, Davis. She completed a residency in Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction at UC Davis, and has been a faculty member in the service for more than 20 years. Dr. Rowe is currently the President-elect of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners and is a past recipient of the AASRP Donald E. Bailey Practitioner of the Year Award. Dr. Rowe is a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and is a Professor in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction.
Dr. Catalina Cabrera, DVM, MPVM
Dr. Catalina Cabrera graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 2003. She worked at a private practice with bovine embryos for four years in Uruguay, and attended advance courses in Bovine Reproduction at the Universidad of Cordoba, Argentina. Dr. Cabrera moved to the United States in 2008, where she completed a residency in Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction and a Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine in 2011 at UC Davis. At present, she is an associate veterinarian at the Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction Service.
Dr. Matt Cuneo, DVM - Resident III
Dr. Matthew Cuneo is originally from Tucson, Arizona, and earned his veterinary degree from UC Davis in 2011. Upon graduation, he worked at the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Research and Teaching Center in Tulare, California. While at VMRTC, Dr. Cuneo worked as a field veterinarian for a research project that focused on humane euthanasia in adult and neonatal cattle. Additionally, he was a clinical veterinarian for the dairy production medicine program and evaluated on-farm animal care practices for local dairies. His interests include transition cow management, beef cattle production and bull infertility issues.
Dr Gabriele Maier, DVM, MPVM - Resident II
Gabriele Maier is a 2009 graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She also completed the Masters of Preventive Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis in 2010, where her research project focused on the reconditioning of cull dairy cattle and its effect on their meat quality and health parameters. Following the MRVM program, she worked for two years at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Animal Health Branch in Tulare, California. Most of her work in Tulare was focused on the control of bovine tuberculosis during the 2011-12 outbreak in Southern California. Following that, Dr. Maier completed a one-year internship with the Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service at the University of Florida.
Dr. Yehonatan (Jonathan) Berkowic, DVM - Resident I
Dr. Berkowic is a 2009 graduate of Koret Veterinary School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Following graduation, he worked for two years at a small animal clinic and three years at a large animal cooperative clinic. The majority of his large animal work has been in dairy herd work. His interests include variable reproductive issues, mainly the interrelation of nutrition and reproduction.
Barbara Thorne has been employed at UC Davis Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction Service since 1997. Barbara earned a BS in Animal Science from California State University, Chico. She and her husband Joe have been in the ranching business for more than 25 years, raising sheep, beef cattle and training stockdogs. She loves working with the students, as well as enthusiastic veterinarians, which keeps her job fulfilling and enjoyable.