CE Specialist Vet Med
UC ANR has over 150 Cooperative Extension (CE) Specialists located at UC Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Riverside. The CE Specialists focus on applied research and extension in several areas including animal agriculture, environment and natural resource management and 4-H youth programs.
The list below provides information on CE specialists who are faculty members within the school of veterinary medicine.
Fernanda C. Ferreira
DVM, MS, PhD
Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension Herd Health and Management Economics
Office: Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center
18830 Rd 112, Tulare, CA
Phone: (559) 688-1731 ext. 222
Fernanda C. Ferreira was recently hired as the Herd Health and Management Economics Cooperative Extension Specialist. She got her DVM and MS degrees in Brazil, where she also worked for the private industry and the government for 8 years before coming to the US to obtain her PhD. During her PhD, she worked with Dr. Albert De Vries at University of Florida, and her work focused on the economic impact of management decisions such as heat abatement and embryo transfer technologies. At UC Davis, she plans to use analytics and quantitative methods to address current and future problems related to food animal production, focusing on the economic opportunities and impacts of herd health and management strategies, animal welfare, environmental stewardship, and precision technologies. She is passionate about extension and the opportunity to translate research outcomes to improve the livelihood of food animals and farmers.
DVM, MPVM, DACVPM, PhD
Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension
Beef Cattle Herd Health & Production
Office: 4203 Vet Med 3B
Phone: (530) 754 0886
UC ANR Beef Cattle Website
Dr. Gaby Maier’s research and extension focuses on addressing the challenges for California’s beef cattle industry. Her interests are in infectious disease epidemiology and defining best practices for judicious use of antimicrobials and anthelmintics, mitigating the difficulties of adequate mineral supplementation and the development of herd health programs tailored to the needs of California beef cattle herds.
BVM, MS, Ph.D.
Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension
Office: 18830 Road 112, Tulare
Phone: (559) 556 4261
Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Website: https://ucanr.edu/sites/ASP/
Faculty Webpage: https://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/faculty-directory?fid=25436
Dr. Emmanuel Okello’s research and extension is focused on promoting antimicrobial stewardship in the livestock industry. Dr. Okello’s goal is to develop antimicrobial stewardship guidelines and best management practices that reduce antimicrobial resistance while maintaining the health and welfare of the herds and flocks. His specific areas of research include the use of alternatives to antibiotics to control infectious diseases in livestock, development and evaluation of vaccines and rapid diagnostics techniques, and improved management practices for disease prevention. Current research areas include surveillance of antimicrobial drug use and resistance on California dairies, estimating the rate of acquisition and loss of antimicrobial resistance within the gut microbiota of pre-weaned dairy calves, and evaluation of the effect of dry cow treatment on fresh cow’s milk microbial community.
4021 Vet Med 3B
Department of Population Health and Reproduction
University of California at Davis, CA
Phone: 530-752-0615 (office), 530-219-6286 (work cell)
Dr. Pramod Pandey’s research and extension focus is multidisciplinary with respect to the environment, and waste treatment engineering systems Specific areas of research include developing improved methods for on-farm poultry carcass disposal in order to mitigate the presence of pathogenic organisms such as Salmonella and E. coli. In addition, Dr. Pandey is working in the watersheds associated with Yosemite National Park in order to understand the variability of pathogens such as E. coli in the water column and bed sediment of recreational streams.
Urban Agriculture & Food Safety Specialist, DVM, MPVM, PhD, DACVPM
Specialist in Cooperative Extension
Department of Population Health & Reproduction
Dr. Pires’ research and extension focus is focused on food safety issues unique to small-scale farms including integrated farms that grow livestock/poultry and crops on the same land. With respect to food safety, science based best practices are poorly understood. Dr. Peres’s research and outreach work focuses on characterizing the unique features of these systems and identifying mitigation strategies to reduce food safety risks in both food animals and crops. Current areas of research include microbial monitoring of various pathogenic organisms including Salmonella, E. coli and Campylobacter in produce and livestock species. Understanding the prevalence and survivability of these food-borne pathogens on these mixed-crop livestock farms is integral toward ensuring the production of safe agricultural products (animal products and produce) from the growing number of California’s small farms, protecting the public’s health, and educating local communities on the varied safety issues surrounding their food supply.
Assistant Director, DVM, MPVM, DACVPM
Poultry Health and Food Safety Epidemiology
4007 Vet Med 3B
Phone: (530) 219-1407
Maurice Pitesky research and extension focus is on poultry health and food safety epidemiology. Specifically, Dr. Pitesky’s research and extension focus are focused in three major areas: 1) Using “traditional” epidemiological techniques and GIS and spatial statistics to understand how avian diseases move in time and space. 2) Using novel statistical and epidemiological approaches to identify food safety risks from farm to fork. 3) Gaining a better understanding of non-conventional commercial poultry production with respect to environmental sustainability, poultry heath, and food safety. Among other projects, Dr. Pitesky is currently working on a 3 year project focused on using “next generation radar”, Landsat satellite imaging and resource selection models to better understand wild waterfowl movements in the Central Valley of California in order to better inform the California poultry industry about the risk of avian influenza.
Phone: (530) 752-6894
UC Davis campus
Dr. Martin Smith’s research and extension focus emphasizes interdisciplinary curriculum development that includes applied research, evaluation, and program dissemination. Additionally, Dr. Smith’s work places an emphasis on effective professional development for science educators, with a focus on contemporary, community of practice-based models that are grounded in constructivism, are data-driven, and occur over extended periods of time. Recent endeavors include: the UC-ANR-funded Mitigating Zoonotic and Animal Disease Risks in 4-H Animal Science Projects through Coordinated Education and Research project, a statewide effort that involved collaborators in 11 California counties.
Dr. Noelia Silva del Rio’s research and extension focus is on dairy production and food safety. Within this topic area current research includes treatment and management solutions for subclinical hypocalcemia such as dietary cation-anion diets and oral Calcium supplementation in post-partum cows. In addition, Dr. Silva-del-Rio is working with the California dairy industry to better identify how dairies evaluate sick cows in order to optimize judicious use of antibiotics.