Joie Watson

Joie Watson

Associate Dean and Professor

Medicine & Epidemiology

3309 VM3A, Davis, CA 95616

State of California Veterinary License
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal Internal Medicine)
1994, PhD, University of California, Davis - Comparative Pathology Graduate Group, Davis, CA
1986, DVM, University of California, Davis - School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis, CA
1982, BS, William Smith College, Geneva, New York
Active Research Grants
Principal Investigator, Alternate Inflammasome behavior in foals with Rhodococcus equi: A role for Caspase-1, (Principal Investigator), CEH
Principal Investigator, Modeling the Equine Immune Response In Vitro, (Principal Investigator), Bernice Barbour Foundation, Inc.
Honors and Awards
1990 Copper 7 Goldsmith Award
1994 Graduate Student Presentation Award
2007 First Place, Equine Related Newsletter (print), American Horse Publications. For “Intestinal Parasites in Horses – What Every Owner Should Know.” The Horse Report, 25(4), October 2007.
2008 Favorite Professor (Equine), Conferred by the UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2009
2014 School of Veterinary Medicine Faculty Teaching Award -- Dr. Joie Watson is recognized for excellence in teaching through her sustained efforts in planning, implementing and service to the new professional curriculum; the adoption of and mentoring of others in new teaching methodologies; and contributions to furthering educational scholarship through the service and leadership to the Teaching Academy.
Dr. Watson is an Associate Professor of Equine Medicine and Chair of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Epidemiology. She received her DVM (1986) and PhD (1994) from the University of California, Davis and joined our faculty in 1996. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Dr. Watson has been actively engaged in planning and implementation of the new professional curriculum, serving as a member of the Curriculum Review Steering Committee (2005-2008), Curriculum Development Steering Committee II (2009-2010) and then as Co-Chair of the Curriculum Committee (2012-2014). She has embraced the ideals to “develop a curriculum for its students that will set a new standard in veterinary medical education and serve the profession and society well into the future,” and worked tirelessly to that end. Her knowledge of adult learning theory has provided a solid foundation in guiding the Curriculum Committee through controversial and often heated discussions. She is considered a “voice of reason,” a consensus builder, always open to listening and discussing different ideas and, above all, valued for providing a clear, transparent process to decision making.
Dr. Watson is an exceptional instructor in didactic and clinical teaching settings, receiving the Favorite Teacher Award (equine) in 2009. She carries a substantial teaching load within the DVM curriculum and, along with Geraldine Hunt, has designed and engineered a team-based approach to student learning in the Comparative Medicine streams. She is organized, has clear objectives, provides an engaging approach and students appreciate that she emphasizes the important points from an entry-level veterinarian perspective.
Dr. Watson has played a leadership role for the Teaching Academy of the Consortium of West Region Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, helping to provide a platform for faculty to share ideas about teaching, learning and educational scholarship. She is currently Chair of the steering committee, bringing organization and enthusiasm to the group.
Most Recent Five Book Chapters
2014 Watson JL : Chapter 37: Diseases of the hematopoietic and hemolymphatic systems, Watson JL, (consulting ed); Smith BP, (ed), Large Animal Internal Medicine, 5th Edition, . 1044-83.
2008 Watson JL : Chapter 188: Assays for evaluation of transfer of passive immunity, Robinson NE, Sprayberry KA, (ed), Current Therapy in Equine Medicine, 6e, Philadelphia. 860-1.
2008 Watson JL : Pleuropneumonia, Lavoie JP, Hinchcliff K, (ed), Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Equine, 2nd Edition, . 603.
2008 Watson JL : Lungworm – Parasitic bronchitis and pneumonia, Lavoie JP, Hinchcliff K, (ed), Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Equine, 2nd Edition, . 464-65.
2002 Slovis NM, Watson JL : Injection site eosinophilic granulomas, Smith BP, (ed), Large Animal Internal Medicine, 3rd Edition , St Louis. 1230.
Research Focus
Immunology and Infectious Disease in Horses
Specialty Focus
Equine Medicine
Ten Recent Publications

Ilkiw JE, Nelson RW, Watson JL, Conley AJ, Raybould HE, Chigerwe M, Boudreaux K
Curricular Revision and Reform: The Process, What Was Important, and Lessons Learned

Harvey AM, Watson JL, Brault SA, Edman JM, Moore SM, Kass PH, Wilson WD
Duration of serum antibody response to rabies vaccination in horses

Kol A, Wood JA, Carrade Holt DD, Gillette JA, Bohannon-Worsley LK, Puchalski SM, Walker NJ, Clark KC, Watson JL, Borjesson DL
Multiple intravenous injections of allogeneic equine mesenchymal stem cells do not induce a systemic inflammatory response but do alter lymphocyte subsets in healthy horses

Kilcoyne I, Watson JL, Spier SJ, Whitcomb MB, Vaughan B
Septic sialoadenitis in equids: a retrospective study of 18 cases (1998-2010)

Heller MC, Watson JL, Blanchard MT, Jackson KA, Stott JL, Tsolis RM
Characterization of Brucella abortus infection of bovine monocyte-derived dendritic cells

Heller MC, Drew CP, Jackson KA, Griffey S, Watson JL
A potential role for indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) in Rhodococcus equi infection