Veterinary Public Health Organization Club

Upcoming Events


Fall 2017

Army HPSP Scholarship Information - lunch talk Wednesday 9/20/17 in 2030 Valley- presented by Army Medical Recruiting, Sacramento Office, along with current HPSP recipients and a current Army veterinarian who had also done HPSP during veterinary school. This talk is directed to students who are considering applying to the HPSP program.

Not Your Typical Food Animal Veterinarian - lunch talk Wednesday 11/8/17- Fish are used by humans for both recreation and food. Dr. Christine Richey tells us about working for CA-DFW as a fisheries veterinarian and her contributions to public health through her responsibilities with a unique and wild food animal that is closely connected to the ecosystem.

Nimbus Fish Hatchery Field Trip - field trip Saturday 11/11/17- we visit the Nimbus Fish Hatchery, one of the several Northern California facilties that Dr. Richey oversees, where she will take us on a tour of the hatchery and laboratory. The Nimbus Fish Hatchery raises healthy, strong populations of Chinook salmon and steelhead trout for release into the American River.

Zoobiquity Book Club (ZBC) - Aside from zoonotic disesases, humans and animals actually have many diseases in common from those related to aging to mental health to heart disesase and lifestyle choices. 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. 14 UCD SVM students, 14 UCD SoM students, 3 physicians, and 3 veterinarians meet over the course of the semester to discuss assigned chapters from the book Zoobiquity to foster collaboration, communication, understanding, and respect between the two medical professions. Participation is limited, but a new round of book club will be held in the spring.

Spring 2018

CDC Veterinary Medicine - January; Date TBD. 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 interesting career of a public health veterinarian.

RESISTANCE Movie Night - February; date TBD. "RESISTANCE clarifies the problem of antibiotic resistance, how we got to this point, and what we can do to turn the tide."

Pandemic! April; Date TBD- This 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!

Info Talk on Clinical Year Public Health Emphases - April/May, Date TBD. Did you know you can do a blended clinical year 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 emphases in SA/PH (but until that point you can still apply individually for 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 Academic Programs.

MPVMs, MPHs, DACVPMs, PhDs, and IPAs! - March; date 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.

Zoobiquity Book Club (ZBC) - Same as Fall ZBC but with a new set of SVM and SoM participants, new physicians and veterinarians. Participation is limited.

Army Veterinary Medicine - date TBD. This talk is for any veterinary student interested in Army veterinary medicine who prefer not to commit to the HPSP contract. Come learn about ways to join the Army as a veterinarian after graduating from veterinary school. Additionally, we will hear about loan repayment programs, career benefits, roles and responsibilities of an Army veterinarian. Presented by Army Medical Recruiting, Sacramento Office.

Fundraisers for 2017-18

Funds raised go directly back to VPHO members by paying for travel costs of speakers, purchasing books for Zoobiquity book club, and supplying food at lunch talks.
  • Thermometers with reusable physical exam cards $10
  • Club T-shirts $15
  • Stethoscope cleaning station 10 to 25 cents per wipe
  • Soap $4
  • ID card labels (for the back side of your student ID card) $1
  • Bake sales