Vet Med News

Specialized Diet Helps Dog Manage Chronic Kidney Disease

Dec 11,2017

Niya, 15-year-old female Keeshond, was battling urinary incontinence, and her medication was eliminating her appetite, so her local veterinarian in Maryland thought that help from a specialist was warranted. Around that time, Niya’s owners, Debora and Chris Luther, were planning a trip to California to see family. The Luthers were very familiar with the UC Davis veterinary hospital—Debora graduated from UC Davis in 1977, and Chris grew up in Davis with his mother Linda having worked at the university for many years—so they decided to bring Niya with them to California and have her examined by specialists at UC Davis.

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'An Unprecedented Loss of Life': The Grim Toll of Southland Fires on Animals Born to Run

Dec 9,2017

The evacuation of San Luis Rey Downs was orderly at first. Trainers at the 500-stall facility for racehorses in northern San Diego County led thoroughbreds from the stables into trailers or onto a nearby racetrack.

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UC Davis Veterinarians Warn of Poisonous Mushrooms

Dec 8,2017

Veterinarians at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine are warning pet owners to be aware of Amanita mushroom intoxication. The Amanita phalloides version, commonly known as the death cap mushroom, is extremely toxic to animals (and humans).

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Memorial Tribute to Dr. Jack Walther (’63) 

Dec 4,2017

We're sad to announce the death of our good friend and alum Dr. Jack Walther, DVM '63, on November 29th. The family has arranged for the funeral and a Celebration of Life.

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Taking the World’s Best Veterinary Care to the Next Level

Nov 30,2017

UC Davis recently announced plans to raise $115 million in philanthropic support to update and improve three critical areas of the veterinary hospital: the Livestock and Field Service Center, the Equine Performance Center and the All-Species Imaging Center. This campaign, called “Leading the Way,” marks the first phase in a long-term plan to transform the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital into the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Center.

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School of Veterinary Medicine Steps Up During Wildfires

Nov 30,2017

For nearly a month this fall, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) helped rescue and save animals injured and/or displaced by the California wildfires that ravaged much of the Napa Valley area. Whether it was performing search and rescue missions in the fire zones, aiding at evacuation centers, or caring for hospitalized animals, the SVM played a major role in helping the animals of Northern California.

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A New Spring in Her Step

Nov 30,2017

Animals suffer many of the same ailments that people do—including mastitis, a painful infection of the mammary glands. When Spring, a 12-year-old Nubian goat, began acting lethargic, lost her appetite and appeared to have a swollen udder this past May, the Sillis family grew concerned. Spring had been part of the family since she was born and raised on their property as part of daughter Claire’s 4H project.

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Lions, Tigers and Bears – Oh My!

Nov 30,2017

Lions, tigers, elephants and bears are routine patients for Dr. Jackie Gai, director of veterinary services for the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). Since graduating from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, Dr. Gai has followed her passion for zoo medicine by working at the wildlife sanctuary with animals rescued from exotic and performing animal trades.

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3D Printed Mask Serves as Cast for Fractured Dog Skull

Nov 30,2017

Loca, a 4-month-old female Staffordshire bull terrier, was bitten by another dog so severely that her right zygomatic arch (cheekbone) and mandible (jawbone) were fractured, and her temporomandibular joint (TMJ) suffered extensive damage. In addition, there were multiple puncture wounds on her face and neck.

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Farrier Shop Part of Many Wellness Services Available at UC Davis

Nov 30,2017

Lily, a 15-year-old registered Brabant mare (Belgian draft horse), has seen many of the wellness services at the UC Davis veterinary hospital’s Large Animal Clinic. Thankfully, all of her visits to the hospital over the past year since Keysha Scarfone bought her have been for wellness services. Perhaps her favorite of these is the farrier shop.

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Heartbeat newsletter - Fall 2017

Nov 30,2017

The latest issue of the UC Davis veterinary hospital's newsletter, Heartbeat, is available. In this issue, read about plans to transform the Large Animal Clinic, how surgeons worked with biomedical engineering students to 3D print a mask to be used as a cast for a dog's fractured skull, and how the hospital helps an alum who now has an exciting career working with exotic species. Plus much more!

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Dr. John Madigan Wins CAAA Distinguished Achievement Award

Nov 30,2017

The 2017 UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association awards includes SVM professor Dr. John Madigan for the Distinguished Achievement Award.

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It's Flu Season at the Zoo, Too

Nov 30,2017

Caring for the diverse population of exotic animals at the Sacramento Zoo is a big challenge. The Zoo veterinary staff relies on the expertise of about 225 board certified specialists in zoo animals across the country.

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A Glimmer of Hope for a Fatal Feline Disease

Nov 29,2017

Controlling risk factors for feline infectious peritonitis is difficult, while new antiviral drugs show great promise

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UC Davis Researching Effects Of Medical Cannabis On Pets

Nov 28,2017

It’s becoming a big trend for pet owners who claim medical cannabis is a more natural route for pain relief and anxiety. The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is conducting a first-of-its-kind survey to learn more about the effects of medical cannabis on pets.

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Local Nonprofits Hope to Grow with Giving Tuesday Donations

Nov 28,2017

At the California Raptor Center at UC Davis, you can find birds of all shapes and sizes, each of them rescued, sick or injured. The California Raptor Center is just one of thousands of nonprofits hoping to raise $25,000 on this Giving Tuesday -- a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media.

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Horses on Standing Rock Get a Checkup 

Nov 27,2017

A photo essay in The New York Times highlights Dr. Eric Davis and volunteers from the Rural Veterinary Experience Teaching and Service program as they provide healthcare to horses in North Dakota. 

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Why Cats Follow You to the Bathroom

Nov 27,2017

Cats are fluffy enigmas intent on prying love right out of their owners’ hearts — after they’ve fed them, of course. Though there are so many unsolved feline mysteries, one of the strangest is their obsession with the bathroom — specifically, why cats seem hell-bent on following their humans to the toilet. A cat scientist and wildlife biologist tell Inverse the only way to understand this strange behavior might be to peer right into a cat’s cunning little mind — and you might not find answers there, either.

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Newly Elected AAAS Fellows add Honor to the School

Nov 21,2017

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded the honor of Fellow to three of our distinguished faculty in recognition of their contributions to science and technology, scientific leadership, and extraordinary achievements across disciplines. They include Drs. Patricia Conrad, Jonna Mazet and Stephen McSorley.

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Good Eats: The Scrubs Café Experience

Nov 21,2017

Welcome to our new Scrubs Café! From the brightly colored sign panel over the door, to the squeaks of shoes on shiny floors, to the smell of oven-hot pizza — everything about this place is fresh and inviting.

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Holiday Helping: Toy Drive Underway

Nov 21,2017

First came the Holiday Food Drive (and we’ve got the very impressive grand total for you), now comes the Toys for Tots drive, both brought to you by Mail Services for the benefit of Yolo County families. In addition, staff and retirees of the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital are once again raising funds for holiday gift baskets and coats and sweaters for pets belonging to homeless people in Sacramento.

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Boehringer Ingelheim Announces 2017 Equine Research Award Recipients

Nov 21,2017

Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) has selected three research proposals to fund as part of its 2017 Advancement in Equine Research Award program. UC Davis' Dr. Nicola Pusterla among winners.

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Horse Injured in Cottonwood Fire Transported to UC Davis for Treatment

Nov 20,2017

A horse that was badly injured in the Cottonwood Fire last month was transported last week to the University of California, Davis for further treatment.

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UC Davis Researchers Turn to Unusual Source of Protein

Nov 20,2017

In a collaborative effort, researchers from the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Biological Agricultural Engineering and the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have developed a process of growing black soldier fly larvae and introducing them as a dietary supplement for chickens.

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Translational Research Boosted by Multidisciplinary Study Grants

Nov 20,2017

The Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance, a national network of veterinary and medical research institutions, will continue its translational research thanks to a series of grants awarded to its member institutions.

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Does Your Cat Miss You When You’re Gone?

Nov 16,2017

The feline temperament has bewitched humans for the last 9,000 years. Yet with all that relationship history behind us, decoding cat behavior is still as challenging as trying to read hieroglyphics.

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Napa First Responders Train on Large Animal Rescue

Nov 16,2017

First responders from Napa and Lake counties met Wednesday at Napa County Fire/Cal Fire Station in Yountville for special training in large animal rescue.

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ACVP 2017: Clostridium difficile Infection - An Emerging Zoonosis?

Nov 16,2017

According to Francisco A. Uzal, DVM, PhD, DACVP, professor of veterinary diagnostic pathology at the University of California, Davis, most clostridial diseases affect both humans and animals.

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Leading the Way in EPM Testing

Nov 15,2017

Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) remains a significant disease for equine veterinarians and researchers to study. Caused by protozoa that are present in the feces of the opossum, EPM is a debilitating neurologic disorder in horses that can ultimately be fatal. Thanks to support from donations to the Center for Equine Health, a group of UC Davis scientists, led by Dr. Nicola Pusterla, are learning more about the disease every year.

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Do Horses Need Annual Rabies Vaccination?

Nov 15,2017

It’s extremely rare for a horse to contract rabies. Of the nine million horses in the United States, only 25 of them were reported to have contracted the disease in 2014. Perhaps that success rate is due to the strict annual rabies vaccination recommended by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).

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Welcome Packet

Photo: Welcome Packet

For visitors, new faculty and staff, and new or prospective students we’ve identified some general information pieces and web links to provide you with a quick introduction to some of our major programs and activities.