William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Faculty - Staff

Photo: Melissa Bain

Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, MS

Associate 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 became board certified by the American College of Animal Welfare in 2014. 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, DACVB

Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Liz Stelow was born and raised in California. After earning a Bachelor's degree 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.

Photo: Karen Van Haaften

Karen Van Haaften, DVM

Behavior Service Resident

Dr. van Haaften is a native of Ontario, Canada and completed her veterinary degree at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. She began her career practicing small animal medicine in Ontario, Canada and Melbourne, Australia. She has developed a passion for animal behavior and is thrilled to join the UC Davis Clinical Behavior team as a resident. She has particular interest in animal welfare, anxiety and fear related disorders, and all things feline. She shares her life with 2 cats and loves to travel when she has time to spare.