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Several new clinicians have recently joined the UC Davis veterinary hospital’s Small Animal Clinic.

June 26, 2015 - As the UC Davis veterinary hospital looks to the planned growth coming in the near future, several new clinicians have joined its Small Animal Clinic. As the hospital’s caseload continues to grow, so must the team members in order to optimally serve the client and referring veterinarian base, as well as our students and house officers.

Dr. Catherine (Cass) Rogers, DVM, DACVECC, has joined the Integrative Medicine Service, as this rapidly evolving service continues to increase its caseload. Dr. Rogers joins Service Chief Dr. Jamie Peyton’s team as a staff veterinarian, and is having an immediate impact on serving the already robust and expanding caseload. Dr. Rogers received her veterinary degree from Tufts University, and interned at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, one of the busiest veterinary hospitals in the country. She also completed a residency in small animal emergency and critical care at Tufts, after which she became board certified in emergency and critical care. She returned to Angell as a senior staff member in their Emergency and Critical Care Service, then became a lecturer at Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine (2009-2012). Since 2012, Dr. Rogers has worked as a critical care specialist in the Bay Area, and will soon complete her certification in rehabilitation and acupuncture.

Joining the Aquatic Animal Medicine section of the Companion Exotic Animal Medicine & Surgery Service as an associate professor is Dr. Esteban Soto, DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVM, CertAqV. Dr. Soto received his veterinary degree from the National University of Costa Rica. He then completed a Master’s degree in Veterinary Science/Aquatic Pathobiology at Mississippi State University and a PhD in Pathobiological Sciences from Louisiana State University. He previously served on the faculty at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Soto became a certified fish pathologist by the American Fisheries Society-Fish Health Section in 2010, board certified by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists with subspecialties in Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology and Veterinary Immunology in 2013, and certified as an Aquatic Veterinarian by the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association in 2015. His addition will help the hospital increase its offerings to private owners of aquatic animals, aquarium exhibits, the aquaculture industry and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Also joining the faculty are Small Animal Internal Medicine Service clinicians Drs. Jonathan Dear, DVM, DACVIM, and Ann Della Maggiore, DVM, DACVIM, who have previously served as staff veterinarians, but now will take on the role of assistant clinical professors. Soon, the SAC will welcome new clinicians to the Soft Tissue Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery Services. These additions precede the school’s plans for a new Veterinary Medical Center which will substantially enhance clinical offerings for clients and their animals.

About the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis—a unit of the #1 world ranked School of Veterinary Medicine—provides state-of-the-art clinical care while serving as the primary clinical teaching experience for DVM students and post graduate veterinarian residents. The VMTH treats more than 48,000 animals a year, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, cows and exotic species. To learn more about the VMTH, please go to Timely news updates can be received on its Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

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