Faculty / Staff

FACULTY

Photo: Meera Heller, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Meera Heller, DVM, PhD, DACVIM - Service Chief

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. John Angelos, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM

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

Munashe Chigerwe, BVSc, MPH, PhD, DACVIM

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: Sarah Depenbrock, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Sarah Depenbrock, DVM, MS, DACVIM - Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Depenbrock earned her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 2009. She spent three years in mixed animal private practice before specializing in production animals. In 2012, Dr. Depenbrock pursued a three-year residency in large animal internal medicine at The Ohio State University. Dr. Depenbrock is board certified in Large Animal Internal Medicine, and also completed a Master's degree in Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Prior to joining UC Davis in 2017, she served as a clinical instructor and a staff veterinarian, respectively, at University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Depenbrock has a special interest in small ruminants and a research interest in antimicrobial use in livestock.

RESIDENTS

Photo: Dr. Lisa Gamsjaeger, DVM

Lisa Gamsjaeger, DVM - Resident III

Dr. Lisa Gamsjaeger earned her veterinary degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria. She spent one semester abroad in Pretoria, South Africa, where she completed her general clinical rotations and discovered her love for livestock species specifically. She then specialized in ruminant medicine and veterinary public health and finished her studies in Austria with a master thesis evaluating fatty acid composition in game and the influence of rearing on meat quality. Dr. Gamsjaeger completed a one-year internship in farm animal medicine and surgery at the University College Dublin, Ireland, prior to beginning her large animal medicine residency with livestock emphasis at UC Davis.

Photo: Ailbhe King

Ailbhe King, MVB - Resident I

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: Sarah Blasczynski, RVT - Technician

Sarah Blasczynski, RVT - Technician

Photo: Paige Gillooley - Technician

Paige Gillooley - Technician

Photo: Devra Kennedy - Technician

Devra Kennedy, RVT - Technician