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    Verena K Affolter- DVM, PhD
    Professor of Clinical
    Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

    3313 Vet Med 3A
    Davis, CA 95616


    vkaffolter@ucdavis.edu

       

    Research Focus

    Dermatopathology/Immunopathology: Structure and function of the leukocytic components of the skin immune system; Histiocytic proliferative diseases in dogs and cats; Lymphocytic proliferative diseases of the skin; Immune-mediated skin diseases, including vasculitis; Ischemic dermatopathy in dogs; Progressive lymphedema and associated pastern dermatitis in draft horses

    Specialty Focus

    Anatomic Pathology, Dermatopathology, Immunopathology

    Education

    1982 Veterinary School , University Berne, Berne, Switzerland
    1984 Doctoral Thesis , University Bern, Switzerland
    1989 Anatomic pathology training , University Bern, Switzerland ,
    1999 PhD Comparative Pathology; graduate school, University of California Davis, Dept. of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology, Davis
    1990 Senior Resident Anatomic Pathology, Cornell University, Ithaca NY, USA, ,

    Honors and Awards

    1992 Swiss National Foundation; Fellowship for studies on canine histiocytic diseases

    Licenses

    Staatsexamen der Veterinärmedizin (final exams and graduation as veterinarian)
    Doctoral thesis, Dr. Med.Vet.
    FVH Pathology (Specialization in Veterinary Pathology), Switzerland
    Diplomate of European College of Veterinary Pathology (ECVP)
    PhD Comparative Pathology

    Active Research Grants

    Co-Investigator, Unraveling complex traits by defining genome function (Part I); Create a tissue-specific atlas of gene expression and regulation in the Thoroughbred horse, C Finno (Principal Investigator), Grayson Jockey Club Foundation

    Co-Investigator, CT characteristics of metastasis in canine oral malignant melanoma. Comparison with pathologic findings, J Willcox (Principal Investigator), CCAH

    Most Recent 10 Publications

    • Verena K Affolter: Theriogenology Question of the Month 2017 Boye JK, Byrne BA, Alex CE, Affolter VK, Christensen BW, Dujovne GA Theriogenology Question of the Month J Am Vet Med Assoc,
    • Verena K Affolter: Identification of occult micrometastases and isolated tumour cells within regional lymph nodes of previously diagnosed non-metastatic (stage 0) canine carcinomas 2017 Casey KM, Steffey MA, Affolter VK Identification of occult micrometastases and isolated tumour cells within regional lymph nodes of previously diagnosed non-metastatic (stage 0) canine carcinomas Vet Comp Oncol,
    • Verena K Affolter: Cytologic features of cutaneous follicular tumors and cysts in dogs 2017 Adedeji AO, Affolter VK, Christopher MM Cytologic features of cutaneous follicular tumors and cysts in dogs Vet Clin Pathol,
    • Verena K Affolter: Dermatopathology - the link between ancillary techniques and clinical lesions 2017 Affolter VK Dermatopathology - the link between ancillary techniques and clinical lesions Vet Dermatol,
    • Verena K Affolter: Alopecia universalis in a dog with testicular neoplasia 2016 Outerbridge CA, White SD, Affolter VK Alopecia universalis in a dog with testicular neoplasia Vet Dermatol,
    • Verena K Affolter: Cellular endocytic compartment localization of expressed canine CD1 molecules 2016 Schjaerff M, Keller SM, Affolter VK, Kristensen AT, Moore PF Cellular endocytic compartment localization of expressed canine CD1 molecules Vet Immunol Immunopathol,
    • Verena K Affolter: Retrospective characterisation of solitary cutaneous histiocytoma with lymph node metastasis in eight dogs 2016 Faller M, Lamm C, Affolter VK, Valerius K, Schwartz S, Moore PF Retrospective characterisation of solitary cutaneous histiocytoma with lymph node metastasis in eight dogs J Small Anim Pract,
    • Verena K Affolter: A retrospective review of hyperaesthetic leucotrichia in horses in the USA 2016 Goodale EC, White SD, Outerbridge CA, Everett AD, Affolter VK A retrospective review of hyperaesthetic leucotrichia in horses in the USA Vet Dermatol,
    • Verena K Affolter: Cutaneous Lymphoma at Injection Sites: Pathological, Immunophenotypical, and Molecular Characterization in 17 Cats 2016 Roccabianca P, Avallone G, Rodriguez A, Crippa L, Lepri E, Giudice C, Caniatti M, Moore PF, Affolter VK Cutaneous Lymphoma at Injection Sites: Pathological, Immunophenotypical, and Molecular Characterization in 17 Cats Vet Pathol,
    • Verena K Affolter: Alfalfa hay induced primary photosensitization in horses 2016 Puschner B, Chen X, Read D, Affolter VK Alfalfa hay induced primary photosensitization in horses Vet J,

    Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

    2014 Affolter VK: Chronic Progressive Lymphedema in Draft Horses, Yu AA, Rosychuck RAW, (ed), Veterinary Clinics of North America; Equine Practice. 589-605.

    2014 Affolter VK: Chronic Progressive Lymphedema in Draft Horses, NE Robinson, KA Sprayberry, (ed), In: Current Therapy in Equine Medicine. .

    2011 Affolter VK, Borchers A: Hauterkrankungen, Fey K, Kolm G, (ed), Fohlenmedizin, Stuttgart, Germany. 254-269.

    2010 Moore PF, Affolter VK: Histiocytic proliferative diseases in dogs and cats. , Ettinger SJ, Feldmann EC, (ed), Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 7th edition, St. Louis, Missouri. 2202-2207.

    2008 Affolter VK, Moore PF: Histiocytic Proliferative disorders, Prelaud P, Gaguere E, Craig M, (ed), A practical guide to canine dermatology. 471-480.