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Livestock Clinician Experiences All Aspects of Hospital

October 28, 2015

Dr. Bret McNabb, DVM, MPVM, DACT

Dr. Bret McNabb, DVM, MPVM, DACT

Since first arriving at the school more than 10 years ago, Dr. Bret McNabb, has experienced just about every aspect of life at the veterinary hospital. Starting as a first year student (and also a hospital technician while in school) in 2003, he has quickly escalated through the ranks, and was recently named to the faculty as assistant professor of Clinical Livestock Reproduction in the Department of Population Health and Reproduction.

Following graduation in 2007, Dr. McNabb worked for two years in a large animal practice in Montana before returning to UC Davis for a residency in livestock reproduction and herd health and a Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine degree. Following the residency, he became board certified in the American College of Theriogenologists, and served as a staff veterinarian until the summer of 2015, when he was appointed to the faculty. Dr. McNabb has also served as chief of the Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction Service since 2013.

Dr. McNabb has made invaluable contributions to the development and implementation of the third year DVM curriculum, as well as the planning of fourth year clinical rotations. In addition, Dr. McNabb has provided training for livestock and theriogenology residents, and partnered with departmental colleagues in preparing residents for board examinations.

While leading the clinical side of the Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction Service, Dr. McNabb also appreciates passionate students who want to learn everything they can about livestock. That mix of clinical and teaching activities are his favorite parts of the job.

“The students ask questions about aspects of livestock medicine I haven’t thought of in years,” Dr. McNabb said. “It keeps things interesting, and keeps me on my toes.”

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