Karen M Vernau

Karen M Vernau

Professor of Clinical

Surgical & Radiological Sciences

    Phone Number
1310E Tupper Hall, Davis, CA 95616

Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
Veterinary License (New South Wales, Australia)
Veterinary License (Ontario, Canada)
Veterinary License (California, USA)
2006, MAS, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA
1991, DVM, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
1986, , University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Active Research Grants
Principal Investigator, The Pharmakokinectics of Cytarabine Ocfosfate in Dogs, (Principal Investigator), American College of Internal Medicine: Holliday Resident Research Award
Principal Investigator, Genetic Analysis of Saluki Dogs with Central Nervous System Status Spongiosus, (Principal Investigator), CCAH
Co-Investigator, A novel device to wirelessly record continuous (real time) EEG in small animals., Sturges, Beverly (Principal Investigator), Center for Companion Animal Health
Principal Investigator, The Pharmakokinectics of Cytarabine Ocfosfate in Dogs, (Principal Investigator), CCAH
Honors and Awards
1997 Favorite Small Animal Resident Award, VMTH, UC Davis, Class of 1997
1991 OVC'52 Prize
1991 Iams Scholarship
1991 Coopers Agropharm Inc Prize
1990 Impromed Provides Award
1989 National Sciences And Engineering Research Council Undergraduate Award
1989 Dr. Jean Rumney Memorial Scholarship
Most Recent Five Book Chapters
2011 Vernau W, Bolon B, Vernau K : Cerebrospinal fluid analysis in toxicologic neuropathology, Bolon B and Butt M, (ed), Fundamental Neuropathology for Pathologists and Toxicologists: Principles and Techniques, Hoboken, NJ. 271-283.
2008 Vernau KM, LeCouteur RA, Maddison JE : Anticonvulsant drugs, Maddison JE, Page SW, Church DB, (ed), Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology, 2nd edition, . 367-379.
2008 Vernau KM, LeCouteur RA : Seizures and status epilepticus, Silverstein DC, Hopper K, (ed), Small Animal Critical Care Medicine, Chapter 98, . 414-419.
2008 Vernau W, Vernau KM, Bailey CS : Cerebrospinal fluid, Kaneko JJ, Harvey JW and Bruss ML, (ed), Clinical Biochemistry of Domestic Animals, 6th edition, . 769-819.
2006 Vernau KM, Dickinson PJ : Brain tumors, August JR, (ed), Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, . 505-16.
Research Focus
Inflammatory brain disease.Metabolic brain disease.
Specialty Focus
Neurology & Neurosurgery
Ten Recent Publications

Vernau, KM, Marks, SL, Kuhn, MA, Culp, WT, Owens, TJ, Shelton, GD, Siddiqui, T, Pollard, R, Belafsky, PC
Total laryngectomy for management of chronic aspiration pneumonia in a myopathic dog.

Vernau K, Napoli E, Wong S, Ross-Inta C, Cameron J, Bannasch D, Bollen A, Dickinson P, Giulivi C
Thiamine Deficiency-mediated Brain Mitochondrial Pathology in Alaskan Huskies with mutation in SLC19A3.1.

Aleman M, Dickinson PJ, Williams DC, Sturges BK, LeCouteur RA, Vernau KM, Shelton GD
Electrophysiologic Confirmation of Heterogenous Motor Polyneuropathy in Young Cats.

Casey KM, Bollen AW, Winger KM, Vernau KM, Dickinson PJ, Higgins RJ, Sisó S
Bilaterally Symmetric Focal Cortical Dysplasia in a Golden Retriever Dog

Grosset C, Guzman DS-M, Keating MK, Gaffney PM, Lowenstine L, Zwingenberger A, Young AC, Vernau KM, Sokoloff AM, Hawkins MG
Central Vestibular Disease in a Blue and Gold Macaw (Ara ararauna) With Cerebral Infarction and Hemorrhage

Cooper JJ, Schatzberg SJ, Vernau KM, Summers BA, Porter BF, Siso S, Young BD, Levine JM
Necrotizing meningoencephalitis in atypical dog breeds: a case series and literature review

Schrauwen I, Barber RM, Schatzberg SJ, Siniard AL, Corneveaux JJ, Porter BF, Vernau KM, Keesler RI, Matiasek K, Flegel T, Miller AD, Southard T, Mariani CL, Johnson GC, Huentelman MJ
Identification of novel genetic risk loci in Maltese dogs with necrotizing meningoencephalitis and evidence of a shared genetic risk across toy dog breeds.

Safra N, Bassuk AG, Ferguson PJ, Aguilar M, Coulson RL, Thomas N, Hitchens PL, Dickinson PJ, Vernau KM, Wolf ZT, Bannasch DL
Genome-wide association mapping in dogs enables identification of the homeobox gene, NKX2-8, as a genetic component of neural tube defects in humans

Anwer CC, Vernau KM, Higgins RJ, Dickinson PJ, Sturges BK, LeCouteur RA, Bentley RT, Wisner ER
Magnetic resonance imaging features of intracranial granular cell tumors in six dogs

Vernau KM, Runstadler JA, Brown EA, Cameron JM, Huson HJ, Higgins RJ, Ackerley C, Sturges BK, Dickinson PJ, Puschner B, Giulivi C, Shelton GD, Robinson BH, DiMauro S, Bollen AW, Bannasch DL
Genome-wide association analysis identifies a mutation in the thiamine transporter 2 (SLC19A3) gene associated with Alaskan Husky encephalopathy