Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine Western University of Health Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine

CVM Faculty

The College of Veterinary Medicine is currently under the leadership of Dean Phillip Nelson, DVM, PhD. Other members of the College’s faculty and administrative staff are listed here with their contact information. For additional background information on selected faculty and staff, click on the name.

FACULTY

Professor
Anatomic Pathology
DVM, Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico 1987
Residency in Veterinary Pathology, Cornell University 1991
PhD, Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 1998

Intructor
Clinical Field Liason, Food Animal Medicine/Dairy
DVM, UC Davis, Davis, CA 1993
MPVM, UC Davis, Davis, CA 1993

Professor, Director Year Three
Virology & Immunology
DVM, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 1984
PhD, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1992

Professor
Equine Medicine
DVM, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1983
MS, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 1987

Assistant Professor
BS in Architecture, University of Virginia, 1988
DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, 2001

Professor
Wellness
DVM, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 1980

Assistant Professor
Virology and host-virus interactions
DVM, Colorado State University, 2003
PhD, University of Washington, 2008

Associate Professor
Comparative Pharmacokinetics
DVM, University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI 1999
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology, 2006
PhD, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 2007

Assistant Professor
Radiology, Equine Practice, Leadership
DVM, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 2003
MA, Biola University, La Mirada, CA 2009

WesternU Pet Health Center

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor
Theriogenology
DVM, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 1979

Professor
Microbiology
MS, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL 1978
PhD, University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL 1980
Professor Emeriti, Texas A&M University, 2007

Assistant Professor
Immunology, Large Animal Internal Medicine
PhD, Pathobiology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 2006
DVM, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 1999

Associate Professor
Small Animal Internal Medicine
DVM, São Paulo State University, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (Unesp – FCAV), Jaboticabal, SP, Brazil, 1999
Internship certificate, Veterinary Cardiology, École Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort, Paris, France, 1999
Residency certificate, Small Animal Internal Medicine, São Paulo State University, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (Unesp – FCAV), Jaboticabal, SP, Brazil, 2002
PhD, Clinical Sciences, São Paulo State Univertsity, College of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences (Unesp – FMVZ), Botucatu, SP, Brazil, 2006
Postdoctoral research, Microbiology, North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, NC, 2009

Associate Professor
Immunology and Virology
University of Tübingen, Germany

Lilia Enciso Casas, BS, DVM
Instructor
BS, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005
DVM, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, 2011

Associate Professor
Clinical Rotations
DVM, Purdue University 1988

Assistant Professor
Veterinary Public Health
BVSc, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom 1990
MPVM, University of California, Davis, CA 1994
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, 2011

Assistant Professor
Royal Veterinary College (RVC) London University, 1988

Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Relations
MS, University of California, Davis, CA 1995
DVM, University of California, Davis, CA 1999

Associate Professor
Small Animal Medicine & Surgery
BVSc, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia 1992
Certificate of Veterinary Opthamology, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, UK 2000

Professor, Associate Dean for Research
Small Animal Surgery
DMV, Ecole National Veterinaire Alfort, France 1989
MS, University of Minnesota, USA 1992
DECVS, European College of Veterinary Surgeons 1996
DACVS, American College of Veterinary Surgeons 1997
PhD, University of Helsinki, Finland 2002

Assistant Professor
Large Animal Internal Medicine, Veterinary Acupuncture
DVM, University of Minnesota 1997
Intership certificate, Rotating LA med & sx, University of Tennessee, 1998
Residency certificate, Large Animal Internal Medicine, UC-Davis 2001
Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Chi Institue of TCVM, Florida, 2008

Assistant Professor
Stem Cell Biology
BS, Biochemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, 1996
PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 2003

Instructor
Clinical Field Liason
DVM, Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany 1989

Assistant Professor
Shelter Medicine
DVM, Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine 2009
Shelter Medicine Residency, Oregon Humane Society 2013
MPH, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 2013
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine, 2014

Associate Professor
Stem Cell Biology and Nanotoxicity
B. Sci. Biology, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China, 1984
M. Sci. Molecular Biology & Genetics, Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian, China, 1987
PhD, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Kentucky, Kentucky, USA, 1997

Associate Professor
Bioinformatics, Genetics, Genomics
PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 2002

Assistant Professor
Small Animal Medicine
VMD, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 1972

Professor
Primate, Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
DVM, The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine 1975
Residency, Primate Medicine, UC Davis 1978

Professor
Parasitology
PhD, Parasitology, Brunel University, London, UK 1990
DVM, Institut Agronomique et Veterinaire Hassan II, Rabat, Morocco 1992

Assistant Professor
Physiology
B.V.Sc & A.H, Punjab Agricultural University, India, 2005
DVM, ECFVG, 2009
Ph.D, Kent State University, Kent, 2009

Associate Professor
Physiology
Ph.D. George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 2009

Professor, Director Year One
Anatomy & Histology
BVM&S, University of Baghdad 1973
MS Veterinary Anatomy, Iowa State University 1980
PhD, Veterinary Anatomy, Iowa State University 1983

Associate Professor
Small Animal Internal Medicine, Course Leader CORE Internal Medicine
DVM, University of Wisconsin 1991
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, University of Wisconsin 2000
PhD North Carolina State University 2006

Brenda Knowlton, DVM
Instructor
DVM, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1978

Assistant Professor
Epidemiology
BSc Honours Biological Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada 1999
MSc in Epidemiology, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada 2004
PhD in Education, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont CA 2014

Professor
Anesthesiology
DVM, Seoul National University, Korea 1989
PhD, Veterinary Anesthesia, Royal Veterinary College, University of London 1997
Residency, Veterinary Anesthesia, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL 2000

Associate ProfessorEquine Surgery
Equine Surgery
DVM, Veterinary Medicine, University of Turin, Italy 1989
Equine medicine and surgery specialty certificate, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel 2001
Equine Surgery Residency Certificate, University of California, Davis, CA 2010

Associate Professor
Laboratory Animal Medicine
PhD, Physiology, University of California, Davis, CA 1988
DVM, Zoological Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 1990
Residency Certificate in Clinical Laboratory Animal Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 1993
Diplomate, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine 1995

Professor
Pathology
DVM, New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY – 1982
Residency, Comparative Pathology, Animal Medical Center, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, NY 1988

Associate Professor
Virology
PhD, Biophysics and Structural Biology, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics- Department of Atomic Energy of India, 2003

Professor
Poultry Medicine & Food Safety
MS, Animal Science, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, HI 1985
DVM, Master of Preventative Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 1989
Residency Certificate in Clinical Avian/Poultry Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA 1991
PhD, Veterinary Pathology, University of California, Davis, CA 1995

John Murphy, DVM
Instructor
Small Animal
DVM Ohio State, 1980

Dean, Professor of Immunology
DVM, Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, AL 1979
B.S. Biology; Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi 1980
PhD, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 1993

Ken C. Noriega, BA, MS
Instructor
Veterinary Anatomy
BA, Biology, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA 2000

Associate Professor
Microbial Ecology
PhD, University of Washington, WA 2003

Carmelina Panza, BS, DVM
Instructor
Feline Medicine/Imaging
BS, California State University, Pomona
DVM, Western University of Health Sciences

Associate Professor
Veterinary Ethics, Animal Welfare
DVM, University of Zaragoza, Spain, 1988
MSc, Animal Science, Cornell University, 1994
PhD, Animal Science, Cornell University, 1997

Professor
Virology & Immunology
DVM Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 1978
MS, Immunology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 1985
PhD, Immunology-Virology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 1989

Professor, Director Year Two
Anatomy
DVM, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain 1990
PhD, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain 1997

Associate Professor
Veterinary Microbiology/Avian, Exotic, and Wildlife Medicine
DVM, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1995
MSc University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minnesota
PhD, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 2007

Associate Professor, Director College Outcomes Assessment
Population Medicine
DVM, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 1997
MS, Veterinary Preventive Medicine & Defense, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 2004
DACVPM 2006

Eric Slessinger, DVM
Instructor
Small Animal Medicine
BS, University of California, Davis, CA
DVM, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA 2010

Wayne W. Smith, VMD
Instructor
Surgery
VMD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1981

Associate Professor
Anatomy
DVM, University of Zagreb 1998
PhD, University of Tennessee 2004

Assistant Professor
Equine Practice, Nutrition
DVM, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO 1974

Professor
Veterinary Toxicology
MA, Applied Psychology, University of Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA 1989
VMD, Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1995
Residency Certificate, University of California, Davis, CA 2003
Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Toxicology 2003

Professor, Director Year Four
Food Animal Medicine
MS, Animal Science, University of California, Davis, CA 1982
DVM, University of California, Davis, CA 1982
MBA, Agriculture, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada 2002

Associate Professor
Pathology
DVM, University of Zagreb, Croatia
MS, Veterinary Pathology, University of Georgia
PhD, Veterinary Pathology, University of Georgia 2001

Associate Professor
Small Animal Medicine
DVM, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 1982
DACVIM 1990

Professor
Behavior
DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University 1968
MSc, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, The Ohio State University 1970
MA, Department of Psychology, Experimental and Comparative Psychology 1975
PhD, Neuroanatomy/Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis, CA 1982

Instructor
Small Animal Medicine
BS, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 2003
DVM, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona CA 2010

Professor Emeritus
PhD, Physiology, Washington State University 1974
DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University 1977