Center for Companion Animal Health


New Million Cat Challenge aims to rescue shelter cats

One million homeless and abandoned cats may get a new lease on life over the next five years thanks to the efforts of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the University of California, Davis; the Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida; and hundreds of animal shelters throughout North America.

Gene mutation for heart disease in Newfoundland dogs identified

A team of researchers led by UC Davis veterinary cardiologist Joshua Stern has for the first time identified a gene mutation responsible for canine SAS, the most common inherited heart disease in dogs. The CCAH provided publication funding for the study, which appears online in the journal Human Genetics.

Cleft palate discovery in dogs aids understanding of human birth defect

The CCAH provided seed funding for Dr. Danika Bannasch's lab to research the genetics of cleft palate birth defects in Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, leading to discoveries which may aid in understanding cleft palate birth defects in humans.

Our new radiation therapy unit is now in service

Our new  linear accelerator (radiotherapy unit) which will be used for state-of-the-art radiation treatment of cancers in dogs, cats, and other species, is now in service.

Gene mutation in dogs offers clues for neural tube defects in humans

 The CCAH provided funding for lead author Dr. Noa Safra's work which identified a gene mutation in dogs that offers clues to understand a neural tube defects in humans.

Canine cancer research may help humans

The CCAH's support for Dr. Peter Dickinson's work characterizing dog glioma, a type of brain tumor that is deadly in dogs and humans, provided background for research showing striking similarities between the human and canine forms of the cancer. 

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Poodle Club of America Foundation sebaceous adenitis research

Poodle Club of America Foundation supports study in sebaceous adenitis in Standard Poodles

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a disease that kills 1 in 100 to 1 in 300 of all cats under ages 3-5.

You Can Help SOCK FIP

Find out what is happening in our Shelter Medicine Program via their website and on Facebook and use a pic of their group.

Center for Companion Animal Health

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Welcome to the Center for Companion Animal Health (CCAH) at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Our mission is to improve the health of companion animals (pets) by providing financial support for academic studies into diseases affecting dogs, cats, and even small alternative pets. We also develop and support programs that will benefit pets and their owners, including the Koret Shelter Medicine Program.

We especially want to thank our many caring donors for contributing so much to help us advance our mission.  Thank you all!

For clinical questions or to make an appointment for your pet at the Small Animal Clinic at UC Davis please call 530-752-1393