Faculty - Staff

Photo: Dr. Munashe Chigerwe, BVSc, MPH, PhD, DACVM (Chief of Staff)

Dr. Munashe Chigerwe, BVSc, MPH, PhD, DACVIM (Head of Section)

Dr. Munashe Chigerwe earned his veterinary degree from the University of Zimbabwe in 2001. He went on to complete a Masters of Veterinary Public Health and a PhD in Pathobiology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2008. He completed a one-year internship and a three-year residency in livestock medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Chigerwe is board certified in large animal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. His area of research interest in livestock health includes passive transfer of colostral immunoglobulins in dairy calves.

Photo: Dr. John A Angelos, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM

Dr. John A Angelos, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM

Dr. John Angelos earned his veterinary degree from Cornell University in 1992. He also holds a Masters in Virology from Cornell and a PhD in Comparative Pathology from UC Davis. Dr. Angelos is board certified in large animal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. His areas of veterinary focus include: livestock internal medicine; infectious diseases of livestock; pathogenesis and prevention of infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (pinkeye); vaccine development; and recombinant protein expression/purification for use in novel vaccine formulations.

Photo: Meera Heller, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Meera Heller, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Dr. Meera Heller earned her veterinary degree and a PhD in Comparative Pathology from UC Davis. Following veterinary school, she completed an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Prince Edward Island’s Atlantic Veterinary College and a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at UC Davis. Previously, Dr. Heller was an Assistant Professor of Food Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Missouri. Her research interests are in the areas of innate immunity and juvenile immunity, especially as they pertain to prevention and treatment of calfhood disease. Dr. Heller’s clinical expertise is in internal medicine and surgery of ruminants and swine, with a special interest in goats.

Photo: Dr. Rosie Busch, DVM

Dr. Rosie Busch, DVM - Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Rosie Busch earned her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 2009. Following graduation, she worked at a mixed animal practice for one year in Hollister, California. Dr. Busch returned to UC Davis and completed a three-year residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine in 2013. Her research interests are innate immunity, acid-base disorders in calves, and musculoskeletal injuries in bucking bulls. Dr. Busch’s clinical interests are internal medicine and surgery in ruminants and pigs and lameness in bucking bulls.

RESIDENTS

Photo: Dr. Christie Balcomb, BVSc – Resident I

Dr. Christie Balcomb, BVSc - Resident II

Dr. Christie Balcomb received her veterinary degree in 2011 from Massey University in New Zealand, focusing primarily in livestock health and reproduction. She spent six months following graduation working for Massey’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the Farm Services Department. In July 2013, she completed an internship in Ruminant Health and Reproduction at North Carolina State University. In August 2013, Dr. Balcomb began her residency at UC Davis, focusing on livestock medicine with an interest in pain management and welfare in livestock species.

Photo: Dr. Joe Smith, DVM – Resident II

Dr. Joe Smith, DVM - Resident III

Dr. Joe Smith received his veterinary degree from The Ohio State University in 2009. Following graduation, he worked at a mixed animal practice in western Pennsylvania. He began his UC Davis residency in 2012.

STAFF

Photo: Liz Abell - Technician

Liz Abell, RVT - Technician

Liz Abell has been with the VMTH since 2008. She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelors in Animal Science, and is also a licensed Registered Veterinary Technician. She currently spends her nights working in the Livestock Service, but also has past experience in equine medicine in the Large Animal ICU.
Photo: Sophia Najera - Technician

Sophia Najera - Technician