Vet Med News

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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Warm Up the Holidays for Pets of the Homeless at Mercer Clinic 

Nov 14,2017

A special group of elves is once again taking up a collection to provide holiday treats, including all-important coats and sweaters, to dogs and cats seen at the Mercer Clinic for the Pets of the Homeless in Sacramento.

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UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine to Survey Pet Owners Who Give Their Animals Cannabis Products

Nov 13,2017

Do you give your pets cannabis products? If so, please complete this anonymous survey.

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Fly Larvae Are Good for Chickens, but How Do They Affect Your Organic Eggs? 

Nov 9,2017

UC Davis researchers have set out to answer whether feeding hens a diet supplemented with black soldier fly larvae will cause their eggs to taste or look different.  

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Researchers Find Low Genetic Diversity in Domestic Ferrets 

Nov 9,2017

Researchers from UC Davis and the University of Wyoming studied inbred domestic ferrets and determined the mammals have low genetic diversity on a global scale, according to a paper recently published in Evolutionary Applications.

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Feeling Off His Prime, Gorilla Gets Checkup at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Nov 9,2017

Just like humans of a certain age, gorillas who live long enough start experiencing health issues. So when 45-year-old Winston began showing lethargy and decreased appetite, it was a cause for concern at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

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Why Cats Love Boxes, According to Science

Nov 8,2017

Cats are floofy enigmas that have captivated — and at times, terrified — humanity for as long as we’ve tried to domesticate them. These tiny tyrants engage in all sorts of odd behavior, like knocking over glasses and eerily watching over us in the bathroom. But perhaps the most enduring feline mystery is why cats — big and small — can’t seem to get enough of cardboard boxes. Scientists and cat experts tell Inverse the reason might be simpler than we think.

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UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Wildfire Assistance Activities

Nov 6,2017

Check here for daily updates on UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine activities surrounding the Napa area fires.

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UC Davis Genome Researchers Facilitating NIH Data Commons Pilot

Nov 6,2017

Researchers at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and Genome Center are taking part in an ambitious NIH initiative to make it easier for scientists to share research data and scientific tools online. 

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Deer(ly) Departed: Five Years of Drought and Decades of Habitat Loss Could be Impacting Deer and Their Predators

Nov 2,2017

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife estimates that since 1999 the deer population has dropped by more than 300,000, according to its annual estimates.

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UC Davis Helps Champion Roping Horse Return after Botulism Poisoning

Nov 1,2017

John, an 11-year-old American Quarter Horse gelding, and his owner/rider Doug Parker worked for years to qualify for the World Series of Team Roping in Las Vegas. Just before that became a reality in 2016, however, John was stricken with botulism, a toxic poisoning that had already killed one of his stablemates. Parker, who knew the World Series was now out of the question, raced to the UC Davis veterinary hospital to save John’s life.

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Rescuing Animals across Fire Lines, Inside Shelters

Nov 1,2017

A week into October, high winds, low humidity, dry vegetation, and other conditions stoked wildfires north of San Francisco Bay that had been nearly quenched and touched off deadly new fires in the region.

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Latest Cancer Initiatives at UC Davis

Nov 1,2017

Veterinarians, physicians, and researchers are continually collaborating at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the Comprehensive Cancer Center to discover new ways to help patients fight cancer. Whether those patients have two legs or four, the university is committed to providing the most cutting-edge medicine. Having highly ranked veterinary and medical schools in such close proximity fosters a unique environment in which innovation thrives.

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Disasters Put ‘No Pet Left Behind’ to the Test

Oct 30,2017

Hundreds of rescuers gave us hope in humanity during the destructive fires throughout California, in particular the recent devastating ones throughout Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Mendocino, Yuba, Butte and Lake counties. These brave fire personnel including inmates risked their lives in efforts to save people, animals and property.

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The Stripes in a Cat’s Whiskers

Oct 27,2017

How come my cat’s whiskers are striped, with bands of white and brown on each one? How does the pigment change like that as a single whisker grows?

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UC Davis Is Producing A More Natural Organic Egg, But How Does It Taste?

Oct 27,2017

Researchers at UC Davis are trying to find ways to feed hens a more natural diet without affecting the taste of their eggs.

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Unprecedented Drug Testing Ahead of Breeders' Cup

Oct 26,2017

With a new six-month withdrawal time in place for all anabolic steroids and a ramped-up out-of-competition testing program, Breeders' Cup has made integrity changes that have received international praise ahead of this year's World Championships.

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The Iditarod Controversy Revolves around a Drug Called Tramadol. What Does It Actually Do?

Oct 26,2017

Iditarod officials announced this month that four dogs on Dallas Seavey's team tested positive for tramadol at the end of the 2017 race. The Iditarod has listed tramadol as a prohibited drug for sled dogs since 2005, according to a race spokesman. So, what is tramadol? And what does it do for dogs?

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UC Davis Rally to Help Research Facility on ‘Monkey Island’

Oct 26,2017

When Darcy Hannibal wanted to eat lunch while she was studying rhesus macaques on Cayo Santiago — also known as Monkey Island, a half mile off the coast of Puerto Rico — she had to put herself in a cage. “Otherwise the monkeys will go for your food,” said Hannibal. “They aren’t interested in your water, though.”

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AQHA Champion Trainer Kearl Suspended 19 Years; Stroud, Sanchez Also Sanctioned

Oct 26,2017

Reigning champion American Quarter Horse Association trainer Judd Kearl has been suspended 19 years and fined $110,000 by stewards in Texas after five of his horses tested positive for the Class 1 drug nomifensine – a human antidepressant medication taken off the market in the 1980s.

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For an Endangered Animal, a Fire or Hurricane Can Mean the End

Oct 25,2017

When a wildfire swept through Arizona, all but 35 rare red squirrels disappeared. After California’s fires and Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma, so did other near-extinct animals.

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Divers Remove 30-Year-Old Junk Reef from Newport Beach, California

Oct 24,2017

The incredible initiative is being spearheaded by the California Coastal Commission and University of California, Davis.

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UC Davis Veterinary Hospital Cares for Critters after Fire

Oct 24,2017

Amid the carnage and destruction of the wildfires, there are some happy endings. Kate Hale this week was reunited with her cat Silly at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

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UC Davis Cares for Animals Injured in Wildfires – and One Team even Helped Rescue Koi

Oct 23,2017

UC Davis has been caring for dozens of animals that were displaced or injured in the California wildfires over the past two weeks. And the school’s Veterinary Emergency Response Team, lead by professor Dr. John Madigan, was on the front lines offering care to and rescuing critters big and small, including koi.

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Animals Injured in Wine Country Fires Treated at UC Davis Vet School

Oct 23,2017

Over the past two weeks, the UC Davis veterinary hospital has been caring for animals that were injured and/or displaced by the California Wildfires. Many of the animals have been claimed, though some remain unclaimed, according to hospital staff.

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Pets And People Are Joyously Reuniting After California Wildfires

Oct 22,2017

Some Northern Californians who feared the worst for their pets in the wake of this month’s deadly wildfires are getting some welcome good news in recent days: Their animals survived. Animal shelters and veterinary offices have been posting photos and videos of numerous heartwarming reunions between pet owners and the animals they feared were lost forever.

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UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Accepting Donations for Animals Injured in Wildfires

Oct 21,2017

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is accepting donations to help care for pets injured and/or displaced by the Northern California wildfires. In the past two weeks, the group has been caring for a total of 67 animals and they expect more to show up.

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When the Flames Came to California’s Wine Country, Where Did All the Animals Go?

Oct 20,2017

As smoke and flames threatened her rural property in Suisun City last week, Cristina Santini’s thoughts turned to her 38 goats and sheep. “Maybe I should open the gates and let them run for their lives,” Santini recalled thinking at the time.

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UC Davis' Top Ranked Veterinary Program

Oct 20,2017

Danika, a Friesian foal with a coffee-colored coat and a white forehead star, was born four weeks prematurely.

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Welcome Packet

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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.