Nicola Pusterla

Nicola Pusterla

Professor

Medicine & Epidemiology

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Office
3109 Tupper Hall, Davis, CA 95616

Licenses
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Completion of the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) certification prog
California Veterinary License (VET 15984)
Education
2002, Habilitation, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
1998, FVH, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
1994, Dr med vet, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
1991, Med Vet, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Active Research Grants
Principal Investigator, Investigation of the shedding of respiratory pathogens in healthy horses presented for routine dental care, (Principal Investigator), Advancement in Equine Research Award, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.
Principal Investigator, Voluntary surveillance program for important equine infectious respiratory pathogens in the United States,, (Principal Investigator), Merck Animal Health
Principal Investigator, Comparison of flocked and rayon swabs for the molecular detection of selected viruses and bacteria from nasal secretions of healthy horses, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health
Principal Investigator, Serological response to equine influenza virus following boost vaccination of adult horses using different commercially available killed vaccines, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health
Principal Investigator, Interrogate blood mononuclear cells from horses with and without equine protozoal myeloencephalitis in order to document recent infection with Sarcocystis neurona, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health
Principal Investigator, Investigating the genetic diversity of EHV-5 in healthy horses, horses with upper airway disease and horses with multinodular pulmonary fibrosis, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health
Co-Principal Investigator, Temporal and spatial phylogeny of H3N8 equine influenza virus in the USA (2006-2016), Beatriz Martinez-Lopez (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health
Co-Principal Investigator, Peptide-based ELISA to elucidate the involvement of several protozoan parasites in equine protozoal myeloencephalits, Jeroen Saeij (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health
Honors and Awards
1998 Karl-Pfizer award for excellence in scientific work
2000 James W. Wilson award for outstanding equine research publication authored by a graduate academic student or resident in the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
2001 House Office Seminar Day award for the best research presentation in Large Animal Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, University of California, Davis
2003 American Association of Veterinary Clinicians Residency Award for residents who have demonstrated outstanding clinical expertise, scholarship and potential to contribute to the veterinary profession
2003 Favorite Large Animal Resident award in appreciation for the efforts towards education and mentoring the members of the class of 2003
2003 Large Animal Resident Award for best Abstract Research Presentation, 21st Annual Veterinary Medical Forum of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, June 4 - June 8, 2003, Charlotte, North Carolina
2005 Favorite Equine Lecturer for the class of 2006
2013 Advancement in Equine Research Award – Boehringer Ingelheim
2014 Advancement in Equine Research Award – Boehringer Ingelheim
2015 Advancement in Equine Research Award – Boehringer Ingelheim
2016 Advancement in Equine Research Award – Boehringer Ingelheim
Most Recent Five Book Chapters
2017 Pusterla N, Leutenegger CM : Molecular Diagnostics for Infectious Pathogens, N. Pusterla and J.C. Higgins, (ed), Interpretation of Equine Laboratory Diagnostics, Hoboken, New Jersey. 321-333.
2017 Higgins JC, Pusterla N : Fungal Pathogens, N. Pusterla and J.C. Higgins, (ed), Interpretation of Equine Laboratory Diagnostics, Hoboken, New Jersey. 209-213.
2017 Pusterla N, Tobin T : Therapeutics for Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis, K.G. Magdesian, (ed), Equine Pharmacology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 87-97.
2017 Pusterla N, Vin R, Leutenegger C, Mittel LD, Divers TJ : Equine Coronavirus Infection, J. Bayry, (ed), Emerging Viral Diseases of Livestock, Cham, Switzerland. 121-132.
2016 Hunyadi L, Pusterla N : Purpura hemorrhagica, M.J.B. Felippe, (ed), Equine Clinical Immunology, Ames, Iowa. 83-86.
Research Focus
Equine infectious diseases with an emphasis on molecular epidemiology
Specialty Focus
Equine Medicine
Ten Recent Publications

2017
Pusterla N, Bain F, James K, Mapes S, Kenelty K, Barnett DC, Gaughan E, Craig B, Chappell DE, Vaala W.
Frequency of molecular detection of equine herpesvirus-4 in nasal secretions of 3028 horses with upper airway infection.

2017
Berryhill EH, Thomasy SM, Kass PH, Reilly CM, Good KL, Hollingsworth SR, Maggs DJ, Magdesian KG, Pusterla N
Comparison of corneal degeneration and calcific band keratopathy from 2000 to 2013 in 69 horses