Jenessa Gjeltema

Jenessa Gjeltema

Assistant Professor

Medicine & Epidemiology

Office
Vet Med 3B #1050, Davis, CA 95616

Licenses
Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine
California Veterinary Medical License
USDA Veterinary Accreditation, Category II
North Carolina Veterinary License
Education
2015, Residency, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
2012, Internship, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, Coral Springs, FL
2011, DVM, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
2004, BS, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
2004, BS, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
2004, BA, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina
Active Research Grants
Principal Investigator, Pharmacokinetics of multi-dose subcutaneous voriconazole in healthy Western pond turtles (Actinemys marmorata), (Principal Investigator), Association of Zoos and Aquariums SAFE Program (Sacramento Zoo internal grant)
Principal Investigator, Optimization of Raman Analysis for Evaluation of Microplastic Particles, Small Grants in Aid of Research, (Principal Investigator), University of California Davis Committee on Research
Collaborator, To Sink or Swim: A Snapshot Study on the Fate and Type of Plastics in Lake Tahoe, Schladow, Geoffrey (Principal Investigator), Nevada Department of Environmental Protection
Collaborator, Evaluation of Plasma Concentrations and Clinical Effects of Butorphanol-Azaperone for the Standing Sedation of Southern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum), Sacramento Zoo Conservation Fund, Rob Browning (Principal Investigator), Sacramento Zoo
Collaborator, Evaluation of Plasma Concentrations and Clinical Effects of Butorphanol-Azaperone for the Standing Sedation of Southern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum), Northern White Rhino Initiative, Internal Grant, Rob Browning (Principal Investigator), San Diego Zoo Global Institute for Conservation Research
Honors and Awards
2001 Academic Scholarship, College of Charleston, SC
2003 Hub Group Award, College of Charleston, SC
2003 Beta Gamma Sigma (Business Honor Society)
2003 Propeller Club’s Carlton Simons Scholarship, College of Charleston, SC
2003 North Carolina Traffic League Annual Scholarship, College of Charleston, SC
2003 Santee Cooper Margaret A. Patrick Scholarship, College of Charleston, SC
2004 Phi Kappa Phi (Academic Honor Society)
2004 Honors Program Graduate, College of Charleston, SC
2004 Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award, College of Charleston, SC
2004 Departmental Honors in Philosophy, College of Charleston, SC
2007 President’s Volunteer Service Award
2007 Beta Beta Beta (Biology Honor Society)
2007 Volunteer of the Year Award, North Carolina Zoo
2008 Thomas P. McGowan Scholarship, NC State University
2008 Gamma Sigma Delta (Agriculture Honor Society)
2009 Chancellor’s Special Award, NC State University
2010 Morris Animal Foundation Wildlife Ballard Award, second place
2011 Award for Proficiency in Zoological Medicine, NC State University
2011 Phi Zeta (Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine)
2014 House Officer of the Month, NC State University
2017 Employee of the Month, Sacramento Zoo
Research Focus
  • Effects of environmental plastic contamination on animal, human, and ecosystem health.
  • Application, evaluation, and validation of clinical diagnostics and therapeutics in zoological species.
Specialty Focus
Zoological Medicine
Ten Recent Publications

2016
Gjeltema JL, Troan B, Muehlenbachs A, Liu L, Da Silva AJ, Qvarnstrom Y, Tobias JR, Loomis MR, De Voe RS
Amoebic meningoencephalitis and disseminated infection caused by Balamuthia mandrillaris in a Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla).

2015
Gjeltema JL, MacLean RA, Cohen EB, De Voe RS
Hypertrophic osteodystrophy in two red wolf (Canis rufus) pups