William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Laboratory Faculty

Photo: Dori Borjesson, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, Professor

Dori Borjesson, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, Professor

Dr. Borjesson graduated from the University of California - Davis where she completed her DVM, clinical pathology residency and PhD. She returned to UC Davis in October, 2006 after nearly 5 years on the faculty at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Borjesson's research interests include regenerative medicine and mesenchymal stem cell biology, as well tick-borne diseases (especially Anaplasma phagocytophilum) and platelet and leukocyte biology. She is currently serving a 5 year term as Chair of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology.

Photo: Walter Boyce DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVM, Professor, Service Chief (Parasitology)

Walter Boyce DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVM, Professor, Service Chief (Parasitology)

Dr. Boyce received his DVM from Auburn University, his PhD from Purdue University, and is a charter diplomate in Veterinary Parsitology in the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. He is co-director of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center and his research interests include zoonotic diseases and wildlife health. 

Photo: Barbara Byrne, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM and ACVM, Associate Professor, Service Chief (Microbiology)

Barbara Byrne, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM and ACVM, Associate Professor, Service Chief (Microbiology)

Dr. Byrne has been on the faculty at the University of California, Davis since 2003. She is a veterinary graduate of Colorado State University and has completed residencies in large animal internal medicine (Ohio State University) and clinical veterinary microbiology (Washington State University). Her PhD degree was earned from Washington State University. Dr. Byrne's research interests include pathogenesis of bacterial infections particularly Rhodococcus equi, fecal pathogen pollution of the environment and its impact on ecosystem health, and molecular methods to characterize the gastrointestinal microbial community structure. Her clinical bacteriology interests include antimicrobial susceptibility and marine mammal bacteriology. 

Photo: Patricia Conrad, DVM, PhD, Professor

Patricia Conrad, DVM, PhD, Professor

Dr. Conrad received her DVM from Colorado State University and her PhD in Tropical Animal Health and Protozology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She was a post-doctoral fellow in molecular epidemiology at the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases in Nairobi Kenya before joining the faculty at UC Davis. Dr. Conrad's current research focuses on the transmission ecology of protozoal parasite that infect wildlife, humans and domestic animals. With her students and collaborators, she is investigating how protozoal parasites are transmitted from land-based animal and human populations to marine mammals and focusing on the detection and mitigation of biological pollution by zoonotic pathogens such as Toxoplasma, Cryptosporidium and Giardia.

Photo: Laurel Gershwin, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVM, Professor, Service Chief (Immunology/Virology)

Laurel Gershwin, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVM, Professor, Service Chief (Immunology/Virology)

Dr. Gershwin received her DVM from UCD in 1971. She then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery in 1972 at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA. After two years in private practice she returned to UCD to complete a PhD in Microbiology, with an emphasis in Immunology in 1979. Dr. Gershwin became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists in 1980. Since 1979 she has been on the faculty of the School of veterinary medicine at UCD. Her research interests include IgE mediated diseases in all species, host-pathogen interactions in bovine respiratory syncytial virus infection, and vaccinology.

Photo: Sean Owens, DVM, Diplomate ACVP, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Student Programs

Sean Owens, DVM, Diplomate ACVP, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Student Programs

Dr. Owens is a veterinary graduate of Colorado State University and following an internship in small animal medicine and surgery he completed a fellowship in small animal transfusion medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's PennAnimal Blood Bank. Owens completed his residency training in clinical pathology at the University of California, Davis in 2004 and worked as a clinical pathologist with IDEXX Reference Laboratories, Inc. for 2 years prior to coming back to UC Davis. His research interests include red cell compatibility issues, blood banking and transfusion medicine. In 2013, Dr.Owens was appointed as Associate Dean for Student Programs in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for a five-year term.

Photo: Bill Vernau, BVMS, DVSc, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, Associate Professor, Associate Director for Lab Services

Bill Vernau, BVMS, DVSc, PhD, Diplomate ACVP, Associate Professor, Associate Director for Lab Services

Dr. Vernau is a veterinary graduate of Murdoch University in Australia, and completed his DVSc in clinical pathology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. He received his Ph.D. at UC Davis. Dr. Vernau's research interests include the phenotypic characterization of hematopoietic neoplasia, diagnostic clinical pathology with an emphasis on veterinary hematology and cytology, and the diagnostic assessment of cerebrospinal fluid.