Faculty / Staff
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.
Richard Pereira, DVM, PhD
Dr. Richard Pereira obtained his veterinary degree in 2008 from the Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil. From 2008 to 2009, he completed an internship in the Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service at the University of Florida, and from 2009 to 2011, he completed a residency in the Ambulatory and Production Medicine Service at Cornell University. In 2015, Dr. Pereira completed his PhD in epidemiology at Cornell. In October 2015, he joined UC Davis as an assistant professor of Clinical Livestock Herd Health. His research interest is on the emergence, persistence and transmission ecology of antimicrobial resistant and zoonotic bacteria in livestock, with the aim of developing effective and feasible interventions to reduce and prevent the spread of drug resistance.
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.
Catalina Cabrera, DVM, MPVM - Staff Veterinarian
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.
Yehonatan (Jonathan) Berkowic, DVM - Resident II
Dr. Yehonatan (Jonathan) 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.
Gabriele Maier, DVM, MPVM - Resident III
Dr. 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.
Paolo Tempini, DVM - Resident I
Dr. Paolo Tempini earned his veterinary degree in 2013 from the University of Parma in Italy, focusing primarily in livestock health and reproduction. After graduation, he worked for two years in a large animal private practice before beginning his residency at UC Davis.
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.