Birgit Puschner, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ABVT

Birgit Puschner

Position Title
Professor, Chair

Department of Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine
University of California, Davis


Dr. Puschner received her veterinary degree in 1992 from the University of Munich, Germany.  In 1995, she completed her dissertation at the University of Munich, Germany and continued her research interest by joining the University of Michigan as a post-doctoral fellow.  From 1996 to 1999 she specialized in veterinary toxicology in a residency training program at UC Davis, which she successfully completed with the Board Examination by the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology.  In 2000, Dr. Puschner joined the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis and is currently a Professor of Veterinary Toxicology. Dr. Puschner’s research focuses on the detection and confirmation of toxicants causing animal diseases and mechanistic studies evaluating environmental toxicants, including microcystins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) and plant toxins. In doing so, she has enhanced understanding of the pathophysiology of diseases caused by toxicants, improved methods of toxicant detection, and contributed data of public health significance about animal and human exposures. Dr. Puschner engages in undergraduate, graduate, and professional student teaching and has developed new hybrid and fully online courses in pharmacology and toxicology. Trainees in her laboratory, including MS and PhD students, have the opportunity to integrate experimental approaches ranging from analytical chemistry to whole animal studies.  Dr. Puschner serves on a number of committees including the Executive Committee of the Pharmacology/Toxicology graduate group, the Educational Policy committee of the Graduate Council, and the examination committee of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology. Since 2013, Dr. Puschner serves as Chair of the Department of Molecular Biosciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine.