Our Personnel

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM, Dip. ABVP (Shelter Medicine), Program Director
Dr. Kate Hurley Director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, with kitten
Dr. Hurley began her career as an animal control officer in 1989 at the Santa Cruz SPCA, a private shelter providing field and sheltering services to the community in Santa Cruz, CA. She enjoyed the job more than she ever could have imagined… Read more
Denae Wagner, DVM, MPVM, Chief of Service
Dr. Denae Wagner and Zoie
Denae Wagner is a University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine graduate. She completed a Masters degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine in 2001 and a residency in Food Animal Reproduction and Herd/Health in 2002, both at the University of California Davis. Read more
Cynthia (Cindy) Karsten, DVM, Shelter Medicine Alumna, Outreach Veterinarian
Cindy Karsten, DVM, with pup on exam table
Dr. Cynthia Karsten was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. From an early age, Cindy cultivated a love of the outdoors, which eventually led her to pursue a degree in Forest Science at the University of Wisconsin (Madison campus). Read more
Cindi Delany, DVM, Shelter Veterinarian/Manager
Dr. Cindi Delany with border collies
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Cynthia (Cindi) Delany was an avid animal lover from an early age and seemed destined for the animal sheltering industry, spending many hours designing (to scale) the animal rescue facility she dreamed of running as an adult. Read more
Mandy Newkirk, Marketing and Communications Manager
Mandy and Morrie
Mandy Newkirk joined the Koret Shelter Medicine Program as Marketing and Communications Specialist in August of 2015. Having previously worked at the San Francisco SPCA, Mandy draws upon her experience in volunteer and shelter management as well as marketing and communications to share the KSMP story. Read more
Andy with shelter dog

Andy designed and built the current version of sheltermedicine.com, and continues to maintain the site. His other responsibilities include the occasional writing assignment, editing C4C Bootcamp video and audio, general tech support, and design for web and print (or as they say here, “making things pretty”). Read more

Elise with Smore, the kitty

Elise Winn Pollard grew up devouring James Herriott books in a home shared with, at one time or another, cats, iguanas, gerbils, cockatiels, rabbits—and one dog—and planned to become either a writer or veterinarian. Writer won out, though… Read more

Yolo County Animal Services team

Stacy Kraus, DVM, Clinical Instructor
Stacy Kraus DVM
Dr. Stacy Kraus’s first introduction to animal shelters occurred when she started teaching basic obedience to shelter dogs, making them better candidates for adoption. She quickly realized she wanted to do more for shelter animals and decided the best way to achieve that goal was to attend veterinary school and focus on shelter medicine. Read more
Chrissy Teuscher, RVT
Chrissy Teuscher and friend
Chrissy Teuscher began her journey into the field of shelter medicine when she was hired as an intern by Dr. Cynthia Delany at Yolo County Animal Services in the summer of 2012. She became licensed as a Registered Veterinary Technician in December 2013, and worked as an RVT for the Sacramento SPCA Spay/Neuter Department. Read more
Joseph Redmond, Animal Health Technician
Joe Redmond
Joseph Redmond was born and raised in San Jose, California and knew from a young age he wanted to work with animals. After graduating high school in 2009, he went to a community college and soon transferred to UC Davis, where he acquired his B.S. in Animal Science in 2015. Read more
Katie Blancett, Animal Health Technician
Katie Blancett
Katie joined the Koret Shelter Medicine Program in January 2020. She will be working as an animal health technician alongside Dr. Kraus, Emma Hewitt and the 4th year students doing their shelter medicine rotation. Read more

Other Support

Patty Pesavento, DVM, PhD, Affiliated Faculty

Jyothi Robertson, DVM, Shelter Medicine Resident Alumna 2011


Ann Therese “Tess” Kommedal, DVM , Shelter Medicine Resident Alumna 2009

Barbara Jones, DVM, MS, Shelter Medicine Resident Alumna 2008

Catherine (Katie) Mullin, VMD, MS, Shelter Medicine Resident Alumna 2008

Cristie Kamiya, DVM, Shelter Medicine Resident Alumna 2013

Sheila Segurson, DVM, DACVB, Shelter Medicine Resident Alumna 2005

Mehnaz (Chumkee) Aziz, DVM, Shelter Medicine Resident Alumna 2015