Equine and Comparative Neurology Faculty


John Madigan, DVM, MS

Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Diplomate American College of Animal Welfare

Dr. John Madigan is a distinguished professor of medicine and epidemiology at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Animal Welfare. He is a clinician in equine medicine at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital where he started the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Equine Neonatal Critical Care Unit in 1987 and is author of the Manual of Neonatal Medicine. He co-leads the Comparative Neurology Research Group at UC Davis investigating neurological conditions of horses and humans. He has published over 175 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He is a recipient of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant with Stanford Medical School and UC Davis Medical School investigating transition of consciousness at birth in infants based on recent discoveries in neonatal foals. Other areas of research are cervical pain in horses, improved diagnostics for equine spinal disorders, trigeminal mediated headshaking, and cognitive therapy in the canine.


Monica Aleman, MVZ Cert., PhD


Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine: Large Animal Internal Medicine

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine: Neurology and Neurosurgery

Dr. Monica Aleman obtained her veterinary degree at the University UNAM Mexico in 1991. She completed residencies in large animal internal Medicine (equine emphasis) from 1996-1999, and neurology and neurosurgery from 2009-2012 at UC Davis; and achieved board certification for both specialties by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She completed a PhD in comparative pathology of neuromuscular diseases in 2004 at UC Davis. Her research and clinical interest has focused in neurology, neuromuscular and muscle disorders in all species with equine emphasis. Currently, she is a faculty member of the equine internal medicine and neurology services, and Director of the Neuromuscular Disease Laboratory at UC Davis. Dr. Aleman is one of the founding members of the Comparative Neurology Research Group, and is affiliated with the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory at UC Davis. Dr. Aleman was appointed as the Dr. Terry Holliday Equine and Comparative Neurology Presidential Chair in March 2019. Dr. Aleman is author of over 80 peer reviewed medical publications, over 100 proceedings and abstracts, and over 20 book chapters; and is a regular speaker in national and international meetings. Currently, she works in the investigation of neurologic and neuromuscular disorders in multiple species including humans.