Faculty / Staff

FACULTY

Photo: Steven Epstein, DVM, DACVECC

Steven Epstein, DVM, DACVECC - Chief of Service

Dr. Steven Epstein attended UC Davis for both his undergraduate and veterinary education, and received his veterinary degree in 2004. He then went on to complete a one-year internship in anesthesiology at Kansas State University. Dr. Epstein returned to UC Davis in 2005 as an associate veterinarian at the VMTH, and followed that with the completion of a three-year residency in emergency and critical care at UC Davis in 2010. He is currently an assistant professor of Clinical Surgical & Radiological Sciences.

Photo: Jamie Burkitt, DVM, DACVECC

Jamie Burkitt, DVM, DACVECC

Dr. Jamie Burkitt earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1995 and her DVM from UC Davis in 2000. She then completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and a three-year residency in emergency and critical care at UC Davis in 2005. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Davis as an assistant professor, Dr. Burkitt was an emergency and critical care specialist at VCA Bay Area Veterinary Specialists in San Leandro. Dr. Burkitt provides teaching, clinical service, and clinical research for the school and hospital, and provides leadership in directing research projects of residents and graduate students.

Photo: Kate Hopper, BVSc, MVS, PhD, DACVECC – Chief of Service

Kate Hopper, BVSc, MVS, PhD, DACVECC - Director, Small Animal Clinic

After graduating from veterinary school at the University of Melbourne, Dr. Hopper spent four years in small animal general practice. She then returned to the University of Melbourne to complete a residency in emergency and critical care and a Master’s degree in Veterinary Science. Dr. Hopper completed a second residency in emergency and critical care at UC Davis in 2001, and completed her PhD at UC Davis in 2007. She is currently an associate professor of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care. Her research interests include clinical acid base and electrolyte disorders, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and mechanical ventilation. Dr. Hopper is the co-editor of the textbook Small Animal Critical Care Medicine. She also serves as director of the Small Animal Clinic.

Photo: Karl Jandrey, DVM, MAS, DACVECC

Karl Jandrey, DVM, MAS, DACVECC

Dr. Karl Jandrey was a student of The Ohio State University and moved to California for his internship and residency in private practice. After a short stay in Philadelphia to teach at the University of Pennsylvania, he returned to Northern California in 1999 and has since been at UC Davis. He completed a Masters of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research, supported by the National Institutes of Health, to train clinician scientists. Dr. Jandrey continues to build on this Masters work through the study of the underlying mechanisms of thromboembolism in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Most of his time is spent teaching veterinary students in the Emergency Room or the Intensive Care Unit of the VMTH. He teaches extensively in the first and third year veterinary curriculum anywhere blood, coagulation, or hemostasis is mentioned.  He shares his life with 3 Burmese cats, 250 gallons of saltwater reef tanks, and another veterinarian with more letters after his name than in it.

Photo: Angela Borchers, DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM – Staff Veterinarian

Angela Borchers, DVM, DACVECC, DACVIM - Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Angela Borchers graduated from Veterinary School in Hannover, Germany in 2001, after which she worked in a mixed general practice while also pursuing a doctoral thesis investigating the role of nutrition and osteochondrosis. In 2007, Dr. Borchers completed a residency in equine internal medicine at UC Davis. It was during her residency that she developed a strong interest in emergency and critical care, and subsequently pursued a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, working with both large and small animals. Dr. Borchers then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Florida. She is the director of the small animal emergency medicine internship program at UC Davis, and provides primary mentorship for the interns.

Photo: Guillaume Hoareau, DVM, DACVECC – Staff Veterinarian

Guillaume Hoareau, DVM, DACVECC - Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Guillaume Hoareau is from France and earned his veterinary degree in 2008 from the National Veterinary School of Toulouse. After graduation, he completed a one-year internship in small/companion animal surgery and medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. Dr. Hoareau then went on to complete a three-year residency in small animal emergency and critical care at UC Davis in 2012. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at UC Davis with the Integrative Pathobiology group, studying the consequences of chronic oxygen deprivation in various species. Dr. Hoareau is a board member of the European Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

Photo: Casey Kohen, DVM, DACVECC – Staff Veterinarian

Casey Kohen, DVM, DACVECC - Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Casey Kohen earned his veterinary degree from UC Davis. Following graduation, he completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at North Carolina State University. Dr. Kohen began his three-year residency in emergency and critical care medicine at UC Davis in 2013. Following completion of the residency and passing his board-certification examination, he stayed on at UC Davis and joined the emergency team as a staff veterinarian working in both the Emergency Room the Intensive Care Unit.

Photo: Yu Ueda, DVM, DACVECC - Staff Veterinarian

Yu Ueda, DVM, DACVECC - Staff Veterinarian

Dr. Yu Ueda received his veterinary degree from Washington State University in 2011. He continued his training by completing a one-year rotating internship at Auburn University in 2012 and a three-year emergency and critical care residency at UC Davis in 2015. He returned to UC Davis as a staff veterinarian in 2016.

HOUSE OFFICERS

Photo: Justin Duval

Justin Duval, DVM - Resident I

Dr. Justin Duval completed his Bachelor of Science (Zoology) at the University of Calgary before obtaining his veterinary degree from the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He then completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Wisconsin. In 2017, Dr. Duval will begin his residency in Emergency and Critical Care medicine at UC Davis.

Photo: Kate Farrell

Kate Farrell, DVM - Resident III

Dr. Kate Farrell attended college at Stanford University and earned her veterinary degree from UC Davis. Prior to starting her emergency and critical care residency, she completed a one-year emergency internship at UC Davis, as well as a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at Colorado State University. Dr. Farrell also enjoys international veterinary medicine and has worked in veterinary hospitals in Argentina, Morocco, and Ecuador.

Photo: Simon Hagley, BVSc

Simon Hagley, BVSc - Resident II

Dr Simon Hagley was raised in the UK where he obtained his veterinary degree at the University of Bristol in 2011. He spent some time volunteering in Sri Lanka and then working in private practice in the UK, before completing a small animal rotating internship in Brisbane, Australia in 2012. Dr. Hagley then returned to the UK where he worked for two years in a busy emergency hospital in Manchester, before moving to Davis to begin his one-year emergency internship in 2015. In 2016, he stayed at UC Davis to begin a three-year emergency residency.

Photo: Laura Osbourne, DVM

Laura Osbourne, BVSc - Resident II

Dr. Laura Osborne obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia, graduating with First Class Honours. Following graduation, she completed a one-year emergency and critical care internship and worked as an emergency veterinarian in Melbourne. Dr. Osborne then completed an emergency and critical care focused rotating internship at Western Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Centre in conjunction with the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada, before beginning her residency in emergency and critical care at UC Davis in 2016. Dr. Osborne's professional interests include toxicology, mechanical ventilation, shock and sepsis as well as teaching and client communication.

Photo: Tommaso Rosati

Tommaso Rosati, DVM - Resident I

Dr. Tommaso Rosati graduated from University of Pisa, Italy, in 2014. Following graduation, he moved to Helsinki, Finland, where he completed a one-year Anesthesia and Critical Care Internship at the University of Helsinki Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Dr. Rosati then moved to Dublin, Ireland, where he completed a one-year Anesthesia and Critical Care internship followed by one-year Rotational Internship at the University College of Dublin. He began his residency at UC Davis in 2017.

Photo: Ava Tan, DVM

Ava Tan, BVSc - Intern Veterinarian II

Dr. Wan Khoon Avalene Tan graduated from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2012. She completed a rotating internship at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in Sydney, Australia after two years of general clinical practice. She then participated in a specialty internship in Emergency and Critical Care at UC Davis in 2016, and is continuing her training with a second year of internship at UC Davis in 2017.

Photo: Natalia Mohr, DVM

Natalia Mohr, DVM - Intern Veterinarian

Dr. Natalia Mohr obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria, in 2015. During her studies, she worked as a student assistant in the Emergency Service and Intensive Care Unit and spent time in several veterinary hospitals in the UK and USA. After graduation, she completed a one-year small animal rotating internship in a large referral hospital in the UK before beginning her small animal emergency and critical care internship at UC Davis.

Photo: Laurence Saint-Pierre, DVM

Laurence Saint-Pierre, DVM - Intern Veterinarian

Dr. Laurence Saint-Pierre is from France, and obtained her veterinary degree in 2014 from the National School of Veterinary Medicine in Toulouse, France, where she also completed a one-year rotating internship in 2015. She then worked for two years in a busy emergency hospital in Manchester, England, before beginning her emergency and critical care internshipat UC Davis in 2017.

Photo: Alexa Veale, DVM

Alexa Veale. DVM - Intern Veterinarian

Dr. Alexa Veale obtained her veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 2016. Upon graduation, she completed a one-year, emergency-focused rotating internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Arizona, before beginning her small animal emergency and critical care internship at UC Davis.

STAFF

Harold Davis, BA, RVT, VTS (ECC) (Anesth) - Service Manager

Harold Davis, BA, RVT, VTS (ECC) (Anesth) - Service Manager

Harold Davis has been a driving force in emergency and critical care for more than 30 years, and has been at the VMTH since 1982. Harold has been a member of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society since 1982, and has served on their board since 1996. He was president of that board from 2008-2010, being the only technician to ever hold that office. Harold is co-founder of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians and a charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists. In 2013, the Western Veterinary Conference Education Committee named him the Veterinary Technician Continuing Educator of the Year. In 2015, Harold was named the RVT of the Year by the California Registered Veterinary Technician Association.

Supervisors

Julie Baker RVT, VTS (ECC)

Laurie Mello, RVT

Kim Zweewnz-Miks, RVT, VTS (ECC) (SAIM)

Animal Health Technicians

Brandie Cates, RVT

Sheryl Fullerton, RVT

Haley King, RVT

Annie McNabb

Kate Twitchell

Lori Weston, RVT