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UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Plans Picnic Day Activities

April 4, 2016

Veterinary students have participated in the Picnic Day parade for more than six decades.

Veterinary students have participated in the Picnic Day parade for more than six decades.

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) is offering several activities at the 2016 UC Davis Picnic Day, an annual campus open house to be held April 16, 2016.

SVM faculty, staff and students will showcase a wild array of animal-related events for the entire family at various locations and times.

SVM Activities on Picnic Day include:

Hospital Tours (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Guided tours of the veterinary hospital include stops in the Anatomic Pathology Laboratory, Veterinary Blood Bank, Small Animal Specialties, Community Practice, Equine Medicine and Livestock Medicine.

Informational Booths
(10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Hospital officials and students will host several promotional and informational booths near the Large Animal Clinic entrance to the hospital. Booths will include information on how to support student programs, as well as animal care services offered at the hospital.

K-9 Demonstrations
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
The SVM will be present at the K-9 demonstrations conducted by the UC Davis Police Department on Russell Field. School officials will promote UC Davis’ Faithful Partner Fund, which assists with the medical costs of treating K-9 officers, as well as search and rescue dogs, injured in the line of duty. The veterinary hospital has a long history of caring for K-9 officers, having treated nearly 100 police dogs in the past five years, and offering free annual teeth and eye examinations for K-9s.

Emergency Demonstrations
(11 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
The UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team will showcase its large animal rescue initiatives with a demonstration in the veterinary hospital’s horse arena, located adjacent to the hospital.

Doxie Derby
(1 p.m. - 3 p.m.)
The Class of 2018 will continue the 30+-year tradition of veterinary students presenting the Doxie Derby. Dozens of dachshunds race after a simulated rabbit to prove who’s top dog, while thousands of attendees at the ARC Pavilion cheer for their favorite pup.

(10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
Since the beginning of the SVM more than 60 years ago, students have created a float and featured it in the Picnic Day Parade. The students are hard at work creating this year’s animal-themed float.

More information on School of Veterinary Medicine Picnic Day activities can be found on the school's website

The SVM was recently ranked #1 in the world for the second year in a row by QS World University Rankings, and ranked #1 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. The school trains more than 500 graduate students seeking a four-year Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree, as well as other graduate Masters and PhD programs. Its veterinary hospital is regarded as one of the most advanced in the world, with a national-leading annual caseload of more than 50,000 patients.

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About Picnic Day
Since its inception in 1909, Picnic Day has become the signature event of UC Davis, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to campus every spring. Believed to be the largest student-run event in the nation, Picnic Day showcases the richness of diversity and achievement at UC Davis and the surrounding community in the areas of research, teaching, service, and campus life. For more information, please see

Media Contact:
Rob Warren
VMTH Communications & Marketing Officer