Welcome Carrie Finno, DVM, PhD, Interim Director for the Center for Equine Health

Dr. Carrie Finno has been appointed as Interim Director for the Center for Equine Health (CEH) effective December 12, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Dr. Finno’s appointment is based on the recommendation of the faculty task force, led by Dr. Alan Conley, charged with review of the CEH and the CEH Director’s roles and responsibilities in preparation for recruitment of the next CEH Director. Dr. Claudia Sonder, who stepped down as CEH Director in November, will continue to serve part-time as Director of Equine Outreach to facilitate donor relations for our equine programs and the Veterinary Medical Center.   

Dr. Finno completed her DVM (2004) and an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Minnesota. She completed a residency program in Large Animal Internal Medicine at UC Davis and is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2008). After completion of her PhD in Comparative Pathology (2012) at UC Davis, she returned to the University of Minnesota for post-doctorate training in Comparative Genetics. Dr. Finno joined our faculty as an Assistant Professor of Veterinary Genetics in 2014. Dr. Finno’s scholarship interests are in the pathophysiology and genetics of axonopathies, specifically neuroaxonal dystrophy in horses. 

As Interim Director she will be responsible for providing leadership and administrative management of the CEH, including the Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) program, in a fiscally responsible, effective, and efficient manner to meet the teaching, research and service needs of the school and the mission of CEH. Dr. Finno will act as a liaison between the school and the equine industry in California and nationally. The VMTH Equine Ambulatory Service working with Dr. Finnoand CEH staff will continue to provide equine herd health care. Dr. Claudia Sonder will continue to be responsible for management of the CEH research program and for equine development activities.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Finno as Interim Director for CEH.