Faculty / Staff
Liz Stelow, DVM, DACVB - Chief of Service
Dr. Liz Stelow was born and raised in California. After earning a Bachelor's degree in English from Georgetown University, she began a career in public and community relations. She served as the public relations director for a large animal shelter in the Los Angeles area. During her tenure, she decided to pursue veterinary training, and received her DVM from UC Davis in 2006. Following graduation, she served as a relief veterinarian in the Davis area, before entering the Clinical Veterinary Behavior Residency Program at UC Davis in 2011. Dr. Stelow joined the faculty at UC Davis following completion of her residency and board certification in 2014. Her interest in behavior spans most companion mammal and bird species, and includes anxiety, aggression, and the human-animal bond.
Melissa Bain, DVM, DACVB, DACAW, MS
Dr. Melissa Bain is board-certified in veterinary behavior. She received her DVM from the University of Illinois in 1994. She then worked in a small animal exclusive veterinary practice in the Chicago suburbs for 1 1/2 years, as well as a mixed animal veterinary practice in rural Wisconsin for 2 1/2 years. Dr. Bain then entered the Clinical Veterinary Behavior Residency Program at UC Davis in 1998, and became board-certified in 2001. In 2007, she completed a Master’s degree in advanced clinical research from the UC Davis School of Medicine. Dr. Bain became board certified by the American College of Animal Welfare in 2014. She is a past president of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Her responsibilities include student and resident education, clinical case management, and research. Her areas of research focus have been clinical domestic animal behavior problems and human-animal bond issues, including research on dog-parks and the effects of different training methods on the behavior of dogs.
Karen Van Haaften, DVM - Resident III
Dr. Karen van Haaften is a native of Ontario, Canada and completed her veterinary degree at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. She began her career practicing small animal medicine in Ontario, Canada and Melbourne, Australia. She has developed a passion for animal behavior and is thrilled to join the UC Davis Clinical Animal Behavior Service as a resident. She has particular interest in animal welfare, anxiety and fear related disorders, and all things feline.
Michelle Borchardt RVT, KPA-CTP
Michelle Borchardt was born and raised in California. She became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 1993 and worked for various veterinary practices in positions ranging from technician to manager. In 1998, Michelle began dog training for a local company. Soon after, she expanded to training dogs and cats for movies, television and print. Later she moved to the L.A. area, and trained wild animals (including lions, tigers, primates, hoofstock and raptors) for educational programs in Southern California. In 2010, she moved back to the Bay Area to be with her family. She began working at UC Davis in 2014 as the Behavior Service Technician, Trainer and Coordinator. Currently, Michelle is a student at the Karen Pryor Academy (a positive method clicker-training course). Additionally, she is working on the requirements for the Veterinary Technician Specialty exam in Behavior. She is a current member of the Society of Behavior Technicians as well as APDT. Her main interest is expanding awareness of humane training methods for all animals, as well as low-stress restraint in the veterinary industry.