Director of the International Animal Welfare Training Initiative


Lais Costas

Lais Costa, MV, MS, PhD

Diplomate American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Large Animal Internal Medicine
Diplomate American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Equine 

Dr. Costa works at the UC Davis One Health Institute, School of Veterinary Medicine, as coordinator of the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team and director of the International Animal Welfare Teaching Institute. Dr. Costa is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) in Large Animal Internal Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) in Equine Specialty. She received her veterinary degree from São Paulo State University - Botucatu, Brazil.  She holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Kentucky, working at the Maxwell Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington, KY and a PhD from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University. She has worked as Clinical Instructor in Equine Internal Medicine at Louisiana State University, University of Georgia, and Mississippi State University. She was an Assistant Professor at Tufts University, Adjunct Professor at Mississippi State University and Associate Veterinarian at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at University of California – Davis. She has also worked as Private Equine Medicine Consultant as she has held veterinary licenses in several US states and has been Federally Accredited since 1998.