Vet Med News

Rat Poison from Marijuana Farms Harming Federally Threatened Northern Spotted Owls

Jan 22,2018

The northern spotted owl has had many adversaries. Now, a new menace is taking root among the ancient trees: unpermitted marijuana farms suspected of spreading rat poison up the owl’s food chain, according to a study led by researchers at UC Davis in cooperation with the California Academy of Sciences.

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Thoroughbreds Evaluated Before and After Racing in UC Davis Heart Study

Jan 19,2018

UC Davis researchers ran tests on a group of Thoroughbreds before and after racing to get important reference data in a step toward being able to identify horses with heart problems that could cause sudden death.

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Why Do Dogs Eat Poop? New Research Suggests an Ancient Answer

Jan 19,2018

In a new paper, veterinary researchers at University of California at Davis who surveyed thousands of dog owners found 16 percent of pups consume other canines’ feces “frequently,” having been spotted doing it more than six times by their owners. The vast majority prefer their poop to be fresh, or no more than one to two days since deposit. But why?

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Dr. Pramod Pandey Honored With California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) 

Jan 19,2018

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), on behalf of Governor Brown, presented California Safe Soil (CSS) and Dr. Pramod Pandey, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, with a Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) during a special award ceremony on January 17, 2018 at CalEPA’s headquarters in Sacramento, California. 

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UC Davis Performs More Than 350 Equine Surgeries Per Year (Video)

Jan 18,2018

The UC Davis veterinary hospital performs more than 350 equine surgeries per year. Residents seeking to become specialty surgeons, as well as students, gain valuable experience during these procedures. Bella, a 16-year-old American Quarter Horse mare, had surgery to remove screws and bone fragments in her hock after the screws were placed 3 months ago when a PET scan revealed active bone changes in the joint.

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Goat Survives Dog Attack

Jan 16,2018

Thor, a 7-month-old male pygmy goat, was brought to the UC Davis veterinary hospital after he and his pen mate were attacked by a dog. Unfortunately, his pen mate did not survive the attack. Before bringing Thor to the hospital, his owner immediately called their primary veterinarian, Dr. Mary Pride Clark, who cleaned and sutured Thor’s wounds and administered antibiotics and pain medication. After initial emergency care, Dr. Clark, a UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine alumna, suggested that Thor be seen by the experts in the UC Davis Livestock Medicine & Surgery Service for further evaluation and ongoing pain management.

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Dog DNA Tests Get Mixed Results

Jan 16,2018

People who adopt a dog are often curious as to the breed mix they’ve brought home. A KPIX reporter decided to learn more about the dog he brought home from the shelter, with three commercially available DNA tests. 

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UC Davis Goat Day 2018

Jan 12,2018

Goat owners, producers, veterinarians, students, and 4-H and FFA goat-project youths are encouraged to attend UC Davis Goat Day on January 20.

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Marijuana Farms Expose Spotted Owls to Rat Poison in Northwest CA 

Jan 12,2018

Wildlife species are being exposed to high levels of rat poison in northwest California, with illegal marijuana farms the most likely source point, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis, with the California Academy of Sciences.

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Horses and Humans, Bonded Through Botulism

Jan 11,2018

Last month, a 1,400-pound horse named John competed with speed and style at the World Series of Team Roping in Las Vegas. Fourteen months earlier, John couldn’t even stand without the help of six handlers and a sling.

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UC Davis Offers Warm Welcome to Puerto Rican Scholars 

Jan 9,2018

Dr. Lilian Cruz-Orengo, assistant professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine and a Puerto Rican herself, looks forward to sharing traditional Puerto Rican dishes with two doctoral students arriving soon from Puerto Rico. She will host one in her home and her lab.

 

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Humane Society Celebrates its 'Model' Achievement

Jan 9,2018

Staff at Humane Society Silicon Valley officially celebrated Jan. 4 after being named the world’s first model shelter late last year. The organization achieved model shelter status by demonstrating and documenting that it meets all 543 “must, should and ideal” guidelines developed by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. Dr. Kate Hurley, director of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis, is one of 14 association members who developed the guidelines.

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Healing Burned Paws With Fish Skin

Jan 9,2018

A UC Davis veterinarian is treating a burned mountain lion cub with fish skin bandages, which speed up the healing process.

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Fish Skin Helps Save Mountain Lion Burned in Wildfire

Jan 9,2018

Veterinarians have completed an unusual procedure by using fish skin to heal a mountain lion injured in a wildfire.

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Researchers Find Mutations Behind 'Tiger Eye' in Paso Finos

Jan 8,2018

Coat color can affect eye function, as we’ve seen with some Appaloosas and horses with silver dapples. But, fortunately, genetics researchers have learned that an unusual eye color in Paso Finos seems to have no association with eye abnormalities.

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Anonymous Donor Pays for Shelter Dog’s Cataract Surgery

Jan 8,2018

Bentley, an approximately 6-year-old male Maltese mix, was brought to the UC Davis veterinary hospital by the Underdog Animal Rescue after they saved him from a potentially non-adoptive situation (and facing euthanasia) at a county shelter. While at the shelter, Bentley was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes by the county’s veterinarian. His foster mom reported he was able to see shadows and get around the house reasonably well, but would occasionally bump into things if the furniture was moved or things were out of place. She also believed him to be deaf, as he has never responded to his name or any type of noise. To improve Bentley’s quality of life and to give him the best chance for adoption, she decided to bring him to the ophthalmology specialists at UC Davis.

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UC Davis Veterinarian Sees Some of the World's Most Exotic Patients

Jan 7,2018

UC Davis veterinarian Dr. Jenessa Gjeltema opened her 7:30 a.m. staff meeting with a rundown of the day’s patients: an armadillo, a tarantula, a Western pond turtle, a thick-billed parrot, a flamingo, a baby bongo and a Wolf’s guenon monkey.

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Poisoned Pets, Preemie Foals, Dogs with Spina Bifida: UC Davis' Top-ranked Vets See Them All

Jan 7,2018

You never know what will come through the doors of the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, a showcase of pioneering therapies, advanced technologies and elite researchers.

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Are Puppies of Aggressive Dogs at Higher Risk of Having the Same Temperament?

Jan 5,2018

To find answers to an aggressive dog story, ABC10 reached out to Dr. Melissa Bain, a professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine who specializes in researching dog and cat behavior.

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Mentoring Future Colleagues

Jan 3,2018

Volunteer leadership is critical to the success of Student AVMA chapters, and each of the 37 university chapters has at least two AVMA members volunteering as faculty advisers.

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Mountain Lion Cub Rescued from Thomas Fire 'Doing Well'

Dec 29,2017

A young mountain lion cub with burned paws is doing well after being rescued from the Thomas Fire in Ventura County.

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UC Davis Veterinarians Return Rescued Koi Fish

Dec 23,2017

During the Napa area fires in October 2017, the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team rescued 3 dozen koi fish from abandoned or burned homes. They were taken care of at the UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture. On December 19, some of those fish returned home.

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Little Research Available on Wildfire Smoke Toxicity

Dec 20,2017

Burning and watery eyes, sandpaper-dry throat, tight chest and a wheezing cough: Even if you haven’t been in the midst of a wildfire, chances are you’ve been close enough to feel the effects that may last for several days, depending on the size of the fire. But what are the long-term impacts of wildfire smoke — not only for humans, but animals as well?

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Two Dogs in Rural Virginia Mauled Their Owner to Death, Authorities Say. But Why?

Dec 20,2017

Recently, a young woman in Virginia was mauled to death by her dogs. UC Davis veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Liz Stelow, weighs in to the Washington Post as to why this may have happened.

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Koi Rescued From Ponds During October Fires Brought Back Home

Dec 19,2017

An unusual rescue involving dozens of koi fish during October’s wildfires led to a joyful reunion in time for the holidays.

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Enhanced Natural Killer Cells Attack Solid Tumors

Dec 19,2017

Human and veterinary researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that enhanced natural killer (NK) immune cells, combined with radiation therapy, can be effective against spontaneous osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in dogs. The research showed these NK cells homed in on cancer and reduced metastasis in the treated dogs, offering a potential immunotherapy against solid tumors.

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Farrier Daisy Bicking & Dr. Nicholas Frank to Headline 32nd Annual Heumphreus Lecture

Dec 18,2017

The 32nd Annual Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture will take place February 3, 2018 at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM). This year’s event features Farrier Daisy Bicking, founder of Daisy Haven Farm: School of Integrative Hoofcare, and Dr. Nicholas Frank, professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Farriers and equine veterinarians are invited to attend the event, which takes place from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Morning lectures will be in Schalm Hall on the SVM campus, and the afternoon shoeing demonstration will be in the Large Animal Clinic’s covered arena.

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Veterinarians at UC Davis Using Facial Recognition to Identify Pain in Animals

Dec 15,2017

Animals are just as expressive as humans. But unlike people, when they feel pain, they can't just say it. That's why a group of veterinarians and computer scientists from UC Davis are part of a team of researchers trying to use facial recognition to identify pain in animals.

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Can We Predict the Next Big Pandemic? 

Dec 13,2017

As humans increasingly encroach on wildlife territory and increasingly travel long distances in short times, the threat of zoonotic pandemics is growing. At the same time, so are efforts to prevent or curtail them.

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Second year DVM Student Also Avid Bird Photographer 

Dec 13,2017

UC Davis second-year veterinary medicine student Shakuntala (Shak) Makhijani has always loved nature and animals, but only recently has she started producing breathtaking photos of hummingbirds in their natural habitat at the UC Davis Hummingbird GATEway Garden.

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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.