William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Faculty - Staff

Photo: Melissa Bain

Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, MS

Assistant Professor of Clinical Animal Behavior, Chief of Service

Dr. Bain is board-certified in veterinary behavior and is the Chief of Service of the Clinical Animal Behavior Service. She received her DVM from the University of Illinois in 1994. She then worked in a small animal exclusive veterinary practice in the Chicago suburbs for 1 1/2 years, as well as a mixed animal veterinary practice in rural Wisconsin for 2 1/2 years. After that she entered into the Clinical Veterinary Behavior Residency Program at the University of California - Davis in 1998, and became board-certified in 2001. In 2007 she received a Master's degree in advanced clinical research from the University of California, School of Medicine. She is a past-president of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Her responsibilities include student and resident education, clinical case management, and research. Her areas of research focus have been clinical domestic animal behavior problems and human-animal bond issues, including research on dog-parks and the effects of different training methods on the behavior of dogs. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son and 4-legged family members.

Photo:Liz Stelow

Liz Stelow, DVM

Resident veterinarian

Dr. Liz Stelow was born and raised in California. After earning a Bachelor's degre in English from Georgetown University, she began a career in public and community relations. She served as the public relations director for a large animal shelter in the Los Angeles area. During her tenure, she decided to pursue veterinary training and received her DVM from UC Davis in 2006. Since that time, she has been a relief veterinarian in the Davis area. Her interest in behavior spans most companion mammal and bird species, and includes anxiety, aggression, and the human-animal bond.

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Meredith Stepita, DVM, DACVB

Staff veterinarian

Dr. Stepita is board-certified in veterinary behavior. She grew up in Maryland and received her DVM from the University of Tennessee in 2006. She then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency in Tucson. After working in general practice in the Phoenix area for a year, she entered into the Clinical Veterinary Residency Program at the University of California-Davis in 2008, and became board-certified by ACVB in 2011. Her research involves the frequency of parvovirus in puppies attending puppy socialization classes, finding that vaccinated puppies attending these classes were no more likely to be diagnosed with this deadly disease than those not attending these classes. Her areas of interest include canine and feline anxiety and aggression, the human-animal bond, and animal welfare.