Dr. Elizabeth Tenborg’s humble beginnings started at her family’s chicken ranch in Northern California. Growing up as a farmer with many responsibilities to her family and her animals gave Dr. Tenborg a drive to better understand how systems function, and a desire to use that knowledge to make the surrounding world a healthier and better place. This drive compelled her to pursue an academic path in science and technology to learn more about improving her community and serving those in need throughout the world. Her early academic successes and scientific discoveries prompted her to follow graduate studies at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Pushing the boundaries of traditional veterinary practice, Dr. Tenborg completed a research fellowship with the Department of Comparative Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. While at Stanford, Dr. Tenborg studied the immune system and infectious disease.
Energized by her scientific discoveries at Stanford, Dr. Tenborg joined the United Nations (U.N.) to further her work and contribute to meaningful global health initiatives. At the U.N., Dr. Tenborg worked with global health leaders’ multinational and multidisciplinary teams to draft the U.N. Global Rinderpest Action Plan. This plan now helps nations prepare an effective response against the unlikely but possible reemergence of a highly infectious and contagious disease.
Dr. Tenborg returned to California to tackle a Virulent Newcastle disease (VND) outbreak affecting a community close to her heart. She joined the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture VND Taskforce to help contain the disease’s spread. Dr. Tenborg especially enjoyed helping the people of her home state of California and thus decided to transition her service career to working at a community-based practice.
She served the Napa Valley communities at a high-end small animal hospital, where she was able to provide medical care to everyone who came to her clinic, including historically underserved communities and clients who could not afford veterinary services for their pets. At this hospital, she offered routine preventive medicine services (e.g., vaccinations), advanced in-patient internal medicine workups, and complex surgical procedures with passion and vigor to achieve the best outcomes for her patients and clients.
Always a committed scientist and entrepreneur, Dr. Tenborg co-founded CancerMune, Inc., and moved to the Bay Area to advance her company’s mission of developing innovative immunotherapies for cancers in dogs and humans. To continue to enjoy the experience of serving the people of California, she joined the team at the Alta View Animal Hospital. She is delighted for the opportunity to care for the community of Mountain View and neighboring cities at the Alta View Animal Hospital.
In her free time, she enjoys reading up on the latest immune therapies with her French bulldog and German shepherd or taking time to visit her parents and shoot her bow and arrow.