Vet Med News

California Raptor Center Spring Open House on May 5th

Apr 23,2018

Come visit Wes and Ash, the newest western screech owl ambassadors, at the California Raptor Center’s (CRC) Open House on Saturday, May 5th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many of the other resident ambassador birds will be on the glove for a closer look with volunteers ready to answer all of your questions about raptors.

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New Flight for Old Feathers 

Apr 23,2018

When a red-tailed hawk with six broken feathers was brought to the California Raptor Center, veterinarians knew they would need some old feathers and an old technique to heal the raptor. This method worked so well the hawk was able to be released back into the wild later that day. Using old feathers that had been carefully stored and preserved, the center was able to imp the bird. Imping involves cutting away most of the broken feather on the bird, inserting a small wood rod in the hollow shaft of the feather, then attaching the preserved feather.

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UC Davis Study Examining Wildfire Effect on Backyard Chicken Eggs

Apr 19,2018

Could eggs from backyard chickens be contaminated? It’s a question some researchers at UC Davis are now asking after devastating wildfires hit parts of Northern California last year.

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Evening of Gratitude 2018

Apr 19,2018

The school held its annual Evening of Gratitude dinner on April 18th, a special occasion that brings together scholarship donors and student recipients to celebrate the power of philanthropy. Students received $6.7 million in total support from scholarships and grants this year, thanks to the generosity of individual, association and corporate donors who make these new and continuing awards possible.

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Researchers Review Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy Potential

Apr 18,2018

In a review published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, Jessica M. Quimby, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University, and Dori L. Borjesson, DVM, MPVM, Ph.D., Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures at the University of California, Davis, consider both the current and potential clinical applications of mesenchymal stem cell therapy in cats.

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EPM in Horses: What We Know about This Equine Neurologic Disease and Where the Research is Headed

Apr 13,2018

Dr. Nicola Pusterla and other leading EPM researchers talk to The Horse magazine about this debilitating equine neurologic disease.

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UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Partners with Athletics to Form New Intercollegiate Equestrian Team

Apr 13,2018

Considered an emerging sport by the NCAA, the UC Davis equestrian team will compete nationally against other large public schools like Fresno State, Georgia, and Texas A&M. A unique aspect of the equestrian team will be its partnership with the School of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences – both regarded as world-leaders in teaching and research in their respective fields.

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Researchers Find Doubling Shelter Cats’ Space Radically Reduces Upper Respiratory Disease

Apr 12,2018

Feline upper respiratory infection in shelter cats can be dramatically decreased by doubling cage sizes and providing cats with two compartments, reported Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers at the University of California, Davis.

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Dog Loses Lung To Foxtail

Apr 12,2018

UC Davis veterinarians have issued a warning for pet owners after a local dog had a brush with a dangerous plant.

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Health Advances for Labs

Apr 11,2018

 Dr. Jonathan Dear talks with Just Labs magazine about health advances for Labrador retrievers, in particular copper storage disease. If detected early, veterinarian teams can work with owners to manage it.

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Global Project Aims to Identify Viral Threats

Apr 11,2018

A 10-year virus identification project starting this year could identify most viruses with potential to cause disease in humans.

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Dog Recovers after Long Rehabilitation at UC Davis

Apr 9,2018

Max, 7-year-old Saint Bernard, started having issues getting up and walking. It was clearly more than just a dog getting older, so his owners Joe and Kris Schratz took him to their primary veterinarian who administered therapy treatments in hopes of improving his condition. When Max’s limbs started getting progressively weaker, the veterinarian recommended taking him to the UC Davis veterinary hospital.

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A Veterinary Scientist's Success Story

Apr 9,2018

Dr. Finno, who holds both D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees, describes what being a veterinary scientist means to her. Her commitment to research is apparent in her academic accomplishments, which have been recognized nationally and internationally. She has received several prestigious awards for her outstanding contributions to advancing translational equine research.

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UC Davis Ophthalmologists Perform Emergency Surgery on K-9 Officer

Apr 6,2018

K-9 Officer Blitz, a 5-year-old German shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix with the Sanger Police Department, was performing routine training exercises with his handler and partner Corporal Brandon Coles when tragedy struck. While retrieving an item from under a car, Blitz caught his eye socket on the tailpipe, causing extensive damage. As Blitz bled profusely from around his right eye, Coles rushed him to a local veterinary clinic.

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Wild Horses Living on the Channel Islands Face an Uncertain Future on the Mainland

Apr 6,2018

The Santa Cruz Island horses were removed from the Channel Islands in the early 2000s. The horses had been there for more than a century, living relics from the time of the conquistadors, evolving to become as unique as the island itself. But after years of surviving in isolation on the island, the breed is teetering on the brink of extinction here on the mainland.

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A House Call for Mountain Gorillas

Apr 6,2018

In the 1980s, poaching and disease decimated mountain gorilla populations. They might have gone extinct, were it not for a group of dedicated conservationists, including wildlife veterinarians, who stepped up to help.

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UC President Napolitano Visits Vet Med

Apr 5,2018

On Thursday, April 5th the School of Veterinary Medicine welcomed University of California President Janet Napolitano for a visit and tour. It was a special honor for the school’s leadership team to update President Napolitano on program priorities and activities in support of animal, human and environmental health. 

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Santa Anita Derby May Justify Lack of Experience

Apr 5,2018

The Kentucky Derby has as much tradition as any horse race in the world. So, when something comes along that is untraditional, this insular world feels as if it is spinning uncontrollably on its axis.

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UC Davis Researchers Testing Backyard Chicken Eggs 

Apr 4,2018

Veterinarians at UC Davis have put out a call for eggs from California’s backyard chicken owners, particularly those living near the Thomas Fire and other recent blazes. They want to test the eggs for free in an effort to understand how they might be affected by wildfires, lead and other environmental factors.

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Panel Raises Bisphosphonate Concerns

Apr 4,2018

Dr. Sue Stover participated in a panel discussing the appropriateness of bisphosphonate use in race horses, especially in young horses, during the animal welfare forum at the Association of Racing Commissioners International conference on equine welfare and racing integrity.

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Cardiologists Discuss One Health Approaches to Heart Disease

Mar 30,2018

UC Davis continues to lead the way in a growing approach to medicine called One Health. Understanding that the health of humans, animals and the environment are all connected and may hold discoveries for each other is the foundation of One Health. A cornerstone of that approach is studying the diseases animals and humans share. One of those is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a heart disease that results in thickening of the walls of the heart ventricles, interfering with the flow of blood, and leading to sometimes fatal consequences. The condition can be difficult to study in humans due to its low rate of occurrence (about 1 in 500). However, veterinarians are proving to be a much welcomed addition to that research, for they see a condition that almost exactly resembles human HCM in approximately 10 percent of cats.

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House Officers Showcase Research Projects

Mar 30,2018

UC Davis veterinary hospital house officers (interns, fellows, residents) presented their research studies at the 40th Annual Gerald V. Ling House Officer Seminar Day. The day-long event featured short presentations to fellow house officers, faculty, staff, students and guests.

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Faculty Spotlight – Ronald Li, DVM, MVetMed, PhD, DACVECC

Mar 30,2018

Dr. Ronald Li recently joined the Emergency and Critical Care Service as an assistant professor. He graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph) in 2009 and completed a rotating internship in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Li then went on to pursue an emergency and critical care residency and a Master of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. He became a Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2014. Dr. Li received his Ph.D. from UC Davis in December 2017

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Resident Spotlight – Jenna Winer, DVM

Mar 30,2018

Dr. Jenna Winer is a third-year resident in the Dentistry & Oral Surgery Service. She earned her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 2014. Dr. Winer then returned home to complete a rotating small animal internship at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Center (ASEC), a private practice in Los Angeles. She developed an interest in dentistry when she published a manuscript on sea otter dental pathology during her third year of veterinary school. Her special interests include dentistry of wildlife/zoo species and maxillofacial surgery.

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Foxtails Pose Serious Health Risks to Animals

Mar 30,2018

Foxtails—a type of seed cluster found in a small group of weed plants—are commonly found in Northern California, including foxtail grasses, barley and millets. While these weeds may seem harmless, animal owners should be vigilant to keep their pets away from plant awns. Covered with microscopic projections, foxtails can pose severe health risks to animals, as they migrate into tissue causing abscesses and widespread infections. The physical make-up of the foxtail stops it from reversing direction and exiting the body. The most common access points foxtails utilize to enter the body are through the nose, mouth and ears, but they can also penetrate the skin causing wounds and subcutaneous abscesses.

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Foaling Services Available at Large Animal Clinic

Mar 30,2018

Foaling season is upon us. The hospital’s Large Animal Clinic can assist with a number of foaling options. UC Davis equine specialists provide a full range of foaling services with the highest quality of care anywhere in Northern California. Whether it is for high-risk pregnancies or pregnancies anticipated to be normal, the hospital can keep a watchful eye on expecting mares to give owners peace of mind.

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Feline Mesenchymal Stem Cells: What's Known and What's Possible

Mar 29,2018

Since their initial isolation and characterization from bone marrow in 2002, feline mesenchymal stem cells have been isolated from fat and fetal fluid. Because adipose-derived MSCs are simple to obtain and proliferate easily, they have been used commonly to evaluate potential clinical applications.

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Raising Chickens at Home? Get Their Eggs Tested for Free

Mar 29,2018

Californians who raise poultry outdoors are invited to get their eggs tested for contaminants. To find out if harmful substances on the ground that are eaten by hens get passed along in the eggs they lay, Maurice Pitesky, UC Cooperative Extension poultry specialist at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, is providing free egg testing.

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Scientists Trying To Understand Viruses Before They Become Pandemics

Mar 29,2018

This flu season has been a particularly bad one, and that follows other viruses causing lots of harm, including Ebola and Zika. But researchers are trying to lower the risk of pandemics by identifying and preparing for viruses that could be transmitted to humans.

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Dr. Robert Rebhun Appointed as the Inaugural Maxine Adler Endowed Chair in Oncology

Mar 28,2018

Dr. Robert Rebhun has been appointed by Chancellor May as the inaugural Maxine Adler Endowed Chair in Oncology effective March 1, 2018, for a five-year term.

 

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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.