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Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center Welcomes New Dairy Specialist

April 11, 2012

April 11, 2012

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce that Noelia Silva-del-Río, DVM, PhD, has joined the Department of Population Health and Reproduction as an assistant specialist in Cooperative Extension for Dairy Herd Health, Production Medicine and Food Safety. Her appointment became effective March 1.

Silva-del-Río obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela in Spain in 1998 and practiced for two years in a dairy cattle cooperative in Spain. In 2007, she completed a PhD in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with an emphasis in dairy cattle nutrition and reproductive physiology.

Since 2008, Silva-del-Río served as the dairy advisor for Tulare County in the University of California Cooperative Extension, where her responsibilities included research, outreach education, and public service. Silva-del-Río's work has been recognized by the Tulare County Office of Education, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Silva-del-Rio’s research interests include nutritional management, corn silage management, milk quality, animal welfare, periparturient health problems, and the effects of heat stress on Central Valley dairy herds.

Silva-del-Río is based at the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, Tulare, the heart of the largest dairy region in the United States. She serves veterinarians, dairy producers and allied industries throughout California.

The Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center is a center of excellence of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. This center offers hands-on learning for veterinary students and residency training in dairy production medicine. Tulare-based faculty conduct population health research, provide clinical services to commercial dairies, and work with producers on applied projects designed to improve dairy cattle health and well-being.

Media contacts:

Noelia Silva-del-Río, Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center,, 559-688-1731, ext 255   

Carlene Salonites, Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, 559-688-1731, ext 226