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UC Davis Offers First-Ever Small Animal Clinical Infectious Disease Fellowship

October 29, 2014

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Dr. Polina Vishkautsan, DVM, DACVIM

Under the tutelage of infectious disease specialist and Small Animal Clinic Director Dr. Jane Sykes, Dr. Polina Vishkautsan has joined the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital as the world’s first fellow in small animal clinical infectious diseases. The one-year fellowship will provide Dr. Vishkautsan with unique training opportunities in both the clinical and microbiology laboratory environments at the VMTH, and will prepare her to pursue future career opportunities in academic practice, private practice or industry.

Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Vishkautsan will have clinical responsibilities in the hospital, including consulting with clinicians from various VMTH Services on infectious disease cases, a teaching component with DVM students in rounds and while seeing cases, referring veterinarian interaction, and a specific research study with Dr. Sykes evaluating the use of an antifungal medication in cats.

“I feel very privileged to be able to go through this training program,” Dr. Vishkautsan.  “I am learning from the best people in veterinary medicine at a point in my career that otherwise I would not be able to do it again, unless I signed up for another residency.”

Dr. Vishkautsan is originally from Israel, and graduated from Hebrew University’s Koret Veterinary School in 2001. She completed an internship in small animal emergency and critical care at the Animal Emergency Center in Glendale, Wisconsin in 2004, and a residency in small animal internal medicine at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston in 2006.

Offering internships, fellowships and residencies in 34 specialty disciplines, the VMTH House Officer Program at UC Davis is the largest and most extensive post-graduate veterinarian training program of any veterinary hospital in the world.

About the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis—a unit of the School of Veterinary Medicine—provides state-of-the-art clinical care while serving as the primary clinical teaching experience for DVM students and post graduate veterinarian residents. The VMTH treats more than 47,000 animals a year, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, cows and exotic species. To learn more about the VMTH, please go to Timely news updates can be received on its Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

Rob Warren
VMTH Communications & Marketing Officer