Veterinary Public Health Organization Club

Upcoming Events


Spring 2018

CDC Veterinary Medicine - Tuesday 1/16/18 in 1010 Valley. CDC veterinary epidemiologist and UC Davis SVM grad Dr. Robyn Stoddard talks to us about working at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), her recent assignment at a field clinic in Ethiopia, and the many careers available for veterinarians interested in public health.

Pet Owner Myths with Public Health Risks - Feb/Mar, Date TBD. We will do some myth-busting on trends that are being propagated by websites like Dogs Naturally, Whole Dog Journal, and Mercola, and how they have lead to fear of vaccination, microchips, dewormers, and parasite control. We will discuss risks of raw food diets to pets and humans, and compare the health of countries that don’t have access to good quality veterinary medicine to countries that do.

Pandemic! Thursday, March 29th in MPT 2010. This evening event opens with three twenty minute TED-style talks about epidemiology, zoonoses, and infectious disease, followed by learning how to play the realistic and exciting board game Pandemic. Then, we'll form groups of students and veterinarians who are involved in epidemiology and infectious diseases and play some Pandemic! A fun, memorable, and unexpected way to network!

OUTBREAK SCENARIO - Saturday, May 5 in location TBD. In this popular wetlab, veterinarians from the USDA lead us in the simulation of an animal-originating disease outbreak, investigation, containment, and resolution. In the past, we've simulated a chicken flock outbreak and a sheep herd outbreak. What are we planning for this year!? Look out for an informational signup email in April!

Zoobiquity Book Club (ZBC) - Aside from zoonoses, humans and animals experience many or the same diseases from those related to aging to mental health to heart disease and lifestyle. Author and physician Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz termed this concept "Zoobiquity". ZBC is a "novel" event where we collaborate with medical students from the UC Davis School of Medicine. A group of UCD veterinary medical students, UCD medical students, and California Northstate medical students meet over the course of the semester to discuss the Human-Veterinary medicine connection to foster collaboration, communication, understanding, and respect between the two medical professions. Participation is limited. We would like to thank SAVMA for funding the purchase of 20 copies of Zoobiquity to be kept as club copies so that ZBC can occur again and again!

Info Talk on Clinical Year Public Health Emphases - TBD. Did you know you can do a blended clinical emphasis on your species of interest AND public health (PH)? Yes, UC Davis SVM offers approved emphases in LA/PH, Eq/PH, Research/PH, and Wildlife/PH. VPHO is currently working towards helping create an approved emphasis in SA/PH (currently you have to take the independent track to have a SA/PH emphasis). This info talk will cover the coursework, rotations, and externships involved in blended public health emphases during your clinical year, and will be presented by our very own VPHO Academic Planning Officer and include a panel of students in public health emphases and a member of the curriculum committee.

MPVMs, MPHs, DACVPMs, PhDs, and IPAs! -  TBD. Grab a pint with veterinarians who also hold an advanced degree in the public health arena to learn about which one might be right for you. Representatives include graduates, current students, and program directors of MPVM, MPH, VPM, and PhD programs. Participation is limited so sign up early. All participants recieve a voucher for 1 pint paid for by VPHO. Hosted by VPHO at Dunloe Brewing in Davis, CA.

Fundraisers for 2017-18

Funds raised go directly back to VPHO members by paying for travel costs of speakers, providing food at lunch talks, and funding our Outbreak Scenario, Pandemic night, and Networking night.
  • Thermometers (come with a reusable physical exam card and a Sharpie) $10
  • Club T-shirts $15
  • Soap $5
  • Medical Record for home use $5
  • Coffee 12oz. locally roasted $10
  • Bake sales
  • Brewery Tour & Tasting $25/person