Faculty / Staff
Jennifer A. Larsen, DVM, PhD, DACVN - Chief of Service
Associate Professor - Clinical Nutrition
Dr. Jennifer Larsen holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Animal Science and a DVM from UC Davis. She completed one year in local private practice before accomplishing a clinical nutrition residency at UC Davis. In 2007, Dr. Larsen attained Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, and completed a PhD in Nutritional Biology in 2008. She is an Associate Professor of Clinical Nutrition at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, and does clinical nutritional consulting through the hospital's Nutrition Support Service.
Andrea J. Fascetti, VMD, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN
Professor - Nutrition
Dr. Andrea Fascetti graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation she completed an internship and medicine residency at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Fascetti holds a doctoral degree in nutrition from UC Davis. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. Dr. Fascetti is currently a Professor of Nutrition at UC Davis as well as a clinician in the Nutrition Support Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Her current research interests are trace mineral and amino acid metabolism in dogs and cats, improvement of pet foods and carnivore nutrition.
Cecilia Villaverde, BVSc, PhD, DACVN, DECVCN
Dr. Cecilia Villaverde obtained a BVSc and a PhD in animal nutrition from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB, Spain). She accomplished a clinical nutrition residency at UC Davis in 2009 and attained Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and the European College of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition in 2010. She was an adjunct nutrition professor in the UAB for six years and is currently a faculty nutritionist at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
Lara Fossati, BVSc, MANZCVSc - Resident I
Dr. Lara Fossati earned her veterinary degree from the University of Sydney, Australia in 2006. She then worked in general practice for two years before completing a rotating internship at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in Sydney. Post completion of the internship, Dr. Fossati became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Medicine. She developed her knowledge and interest in companion animal nutrition while working for a pet food manufacturer before starting her residency program at UC Davis in 2016.
Sarah Wilson, DVM - Resident II
Dr. Sarah Wilson earned her veterinary degree from from St. Matthew’s University, Grand Cayman, British West Indies in 2013 after completing her clinical rotations at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada. Dr. Wilson then completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She continued on as a clinical associate in small animal medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine until she began her residency program at the Nutrition Support Service in August 2015. Her fields of interest include nutritional management of urinary and kidney disease, as well as nutritional management of dermatological diseases.
Dawn Cauthen, BS
Nutrition Service Technician
Dawn has been working with animals in a clinical setting for more than 30 years. She holds a Bachelor's degree in zoology from UC Davis. She has worked at UC Davis for more than 25 years, with 18 of those years spent at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Dawn has been the Nutrition Support Service technician since June 2006.