Faculty / Staff


Photo: Larry Cowgill, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVI

Larry Cowgill, DVM, PhD, DACVIM - Head of Unit

Dr. Larry Cowgill is co-director of one of the VMTH's satellite facilities, the University of California Veterinary Medical Center San Diego, and is also head of the Hemodialysis and Blood Purification Units at the VMTH and UCVMCSD. He has served on the faculty of the SVM since 1976, and is a leader in the development of blood purification therapies for renal disease in animals and people. Dr. Cowgill has pioneered the use of hemodialysis in companion animals since the early 1970s, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Photo: Carrie Palm DVM, DACVIM

Carrie Palm DVM, DACVIM

Dr. Carrie Palm earned her veterinary degree from UC Davis, and completed an internship and residency at the University of Pennsylvania. She is board certified in small animal internal medicine. Following a year in a specialty practice at Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, California, Dr. Palm completed a fellowship in hemodialysis and joined the faculty at UC Davis.


Photo: Kanae Takada, DVM - Fellow

Kanae Takada, DVM - Fellow

Dr. Kanae Takada obtained her veterinary degree from the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the Hokkaido University, Japan. Upon graduating, she returned home to work in a small animal private practice in Osaka, Japan for three years. During this time and from her background, Dr. Takada gained significant interest in small animal internal medicine, nephrology and hemodialysis. Dr. Takada began her nephrology/hemodialysis fellowship at UC Davis in 2015.


Patient care for hemodialysis patients is technically demanding. Hemodialysis technicians must have knowledge of renal physiology and of the clinical and biochemical consequences of uremia, as well as extensive emergency and critical care experience.

Photo: John Kirby, AHT

John Kirby, AHT

Photo: Sean Naylor, AHT

Sean Naylor, AHT