Vet Med News

UC Davis Joins DARPA-funded "Safe Genes" Program 

Jul 25,2017

Last week, the federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the Safe Genes program to explore innovative genetic techniques to support bio-innovation and combat biological threats. The effort, supported by a $65 million grant from DARPA over four years, aims to harness gene editing tools in a safe, responsible manner to maximize the benefits of these technologies while minimizing their inherent risks. Vector biologist Greg Lanzaro joins the effort as part of the UC Riverside-led team. 

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How to Keep Your Dog Safe in the Great Outdoors 

Jul 21,2017

Summertime is made for hiking, swimming, camping and exploring—often with your dog. There’s more to consider though than grabbing the leash and heading out the door if you want to avoid possible health problems and a visit to the vet. Here are a few key tips for keeping your dog safe on those Instagram-worthy summer adventures. 

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Necropsy Programs Provide Learning Opportunities To Researchers, Horsemen

Jul 18,2017

No matter where you stand at the racetrack, a catastrophic breakdown is horrendous, and the horror is compounded for people with a direct connection to the horse. But out of tragedy can come important lessons.

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Why Do Cats Love Small Spaces?

Jul 17,2017

We all know cats love boxes and other small spaces to climb into. Dr. Karen van Haaften, a resident in the Behavior Service, discusses some possible reasons why.

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UC Davis Uses Software to Map Equine Pain

Jul 17,2017

All day every day 50 horses from the University of California, Davis herd are under surveillance. The observations aren’t intended to catch the horses engaging in exotic behavior; rather, they are intended to help veterinarians, students, technicians and owners detect expressions of pain on horses’ faces.

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Davis High School Students Explore Careers in Veterinary Science at UC Davis

Jul 16,2017

Six Davis High School students who took the inaugural veterinary science class at the high school this past year are now working side-by-side with UC Davis vet students and professors.

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Plant Toxicity and Animals

Jul 16,2017

What plants should pet owners be careful with if they have pets that like to graze?

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Mountain Gorillas Have Herpes Virus Similar to That Found in Humans—May Hold Clues for Conservation and Human Disease 

Jul 13,2017

Scientists from the University of California, Davis, have detected a herpes virus in wild mountain gorillas that is very similar to the Epstein-Barr virus in humans, according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports

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Horses Giving Back

Jul 12,2017

At UC Davis (and at many other colleges and universities across the country), there are a group of Thoroughbreds that are helping establish safety protocols and other recommendations for horse racing.

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UC Davis Veterinarians Discover Blister Beetle Toxicity in Goat

Jul 11,2017

Pedro, a 6-year-old male Nubian goat, was showing abnormal health signs that concerned his owners. He was found to be acutely recumbent, bloated and in discomfort. They called his veterinarian who found him to be severely dehydrated and suggested they immediately take him to the UC Davis veterinary hospital.

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Neonatal Unit for Critical Foals

Jul 8,2017

One of the most thrilling and heartwarming experiences in the equine world is seeing a healthy foal stand within minutes of birth. However, sick foals can have some of the highest mortality rates in veterinary medicine. Therefore, the effort to save them takes a talented and dedicated team of professionals such as those at the UC Davis NICU, who work around the clock to help newborns beat the odds.

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Training Without Fear (video)

Jul 6,2017

Equitopia explores the psychology and physiology of equine fear. Can a horse learn when it is afraid? What part of the brain is the horse in when it spooks?

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How to Stop Destructive Chewing in Dogs

Jul 5,2017

Dogs have an affinity for chewing things. Chewing is a part of who they are and is a species-appropriate behavior. So how do you get the dog you love with all your heart to stop destroying your stuff?

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Pet Owners More Satisfied with Clinics That Play Classical Music

Jul 5,2017

Researchers from UC Davis wanted to see what effect music had on dogs and owners in the veterinary practice. They examined 74 dogs and asked owners to complete a survey about their pet’s anxiety after their visit. They also asked the tending veterinarians to do a similar survey.

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Veterinary Law Emerges from the Shadows

Jul 5,2017

A California statute governing blood-banking programs and transfusions for dogs has flown under the radar for the past 7 years, causing private veterinarians to break a law that they did not know existed.

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UC Davis Veterinarians Remove Heartworm from Cat's Femoral Artery

Jul 3,2017

Stormie, a 4-year-old female Siamese cat, has had a history of heartworm disease since she was adopted at 1 year of age. She and her owner live in Los Angeles, but were visiting family in the Bay Area when she developed pelvic limb lameness. Fearing she had fallen off something or down a staircase, Stormie’s owner brought her to a local veterinary emergency room in Berkeley, where she informed them of the history of heartworm disease. After ultrasound showed a suspected heartworm in the arterial system, and a heartworm antigen test resulted in a strong positive, Stormie’s owner was advised to bring her to specialists at the UC Davis veterinary hospital.

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Precise Imaging Solves Horse’s Chronic Lameness Issue

Jun 30,2017

Bella, a 16-year-old American Quarter Horse mare, has historically suffered from chronic hind limb issues. She was previously diagnosed with bilateral osteoarthritis of the lower tarsal joints (hock), but intra-articular medication had failed to significantly improve her lameness on the right hind. Bella had been ridden by two small children for the past three years and is an integral part of their family. Due to the severity of this lameness, however, she could no longer be ridden. Committed to improving Bella’s condition, her family brought her to the UC Davis veterinary hospital.

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Neurodegenerative Disease Mechanism and Potential Drug Identified

Jun 29,2017

Two new studies of progressive, neurodegenerative diseases linked to defects in cells’ mitochondria offer hope for developing a new biomarker for research and diagnostics, and a drug for treating such diseases, report researchers at the University of California, Davis.

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UC Davis Disaster Training Efforts Applied to Real Life Emergency

Jun 28,2017

On June 19, UC Davis Fire Department (UCDFD) responded to an automatic aid request for a car fire about 10 miles from campus. When they arrived, they found a rapidly evolving situation that extended well beyond what had been initially reported. The car fire had ignited a large area of vegetation and was being driven by high winds towards a ranch. UCDFD was assigned to protect saveable property, which they quickly realized included the lives of numerous animals (goats, chickens and a young calf) housed in a barn directly in fire’s path.

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Live-pig Markets and Traders Could Provide Insight to Controlling African Swine Fever 

Jun 28,2017

Understanding how live pigs are traded between villages and backyard farmers can help health agencies better understand how devastating swine diseases spread, according to a study published recently in the journal PLOS One.

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UC Davis Equine CT Scan Video

Jun 27,2017

Performing a CT scan on a horse is a laborious process that takes a team of nearly a dozen technicians and veterinarians. It involves forklifts and cranes, and the skilled techniques of veterinary technicians who have mastered this task after years of repetition. Watch the procedure be performed at the UC Davis veterinary hospital...

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Abused Dog Has Biggest Heart of All

Jun 23,2017

Harvey, a brindle-colored male boxer, came to us through the Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue. In short, they save lost, neglected and abandoned dogs and find them loving homes. And sometimes, you can add “abused” to that list of adjectives. Harvey was one of those dogs.

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A Bond Like No Other

Jun 23,2017

Flynn, a yellow Labrador, and his family member Mason, a 16-year-old autistic boy, have formed a bond for the ages. When Flynn recently became ill, Mason vowed to do anything to help him. A community stepped in to make sure Flynn go the best care possible.

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Keep Your Pet Safe from These Summer Health Hazards

Jun 23,2017

For most people, summer means lazy days at the pool or beach, lots of sunshine, and outdoor barbecues with family and friends. But certain outdoor activities -- along with the extreme heat the season often brings -- can put your pet's health at risk and may even be life-threatening.

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Chimpanzees Modify Grooming Behavior When Near Higher Ranking Members

Jun 21,2017

Researchers found chimpanzees modify their interactions with other chimpanzees if higher ranking members of their community are nearby, observing grooming interactions between members of a community of chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest Reserve in Western Uganda.

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Southern California Mountain Lions’ Genetic Connectivity Dangerously Low

Jun 20,2017

If a dangerously inbred puma population in Southern California is to survive in the future, an urgent need for genetic connectivity must be met, according to two scientific papers from a team of researchers coordinated by UC Davis, and involving scientists at the University of Wyoming and the University of Massachusetts–Amherst.

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AVMA Database Amassing Clinical Studies 

Jun 19,2017

This July marks the one-year anniversary of the public launch of the AVMA Animal Health Studies Database as a resource for researchers seeking animals to participate in clinical studies and for veterinarians and animal owners exploring options for treatment.

 

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Heat Advisory for Horses

Jun 16,2017

Ten important tips to prevent heat related problems in horses.

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Avoid Heatstroke with Your Pets

Jun 16,2017

As the weather turns warm, not only do we enjoy the great outdoors, but so do many of our pets. However, there are hidden risks to our pets when they venture outside . . . even if it’s only in the back yard.

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UC Davis Veterinary Hospital Staff Honored for Service

Jun 15,2017

The School of Veterinary Medicine team includes more than 1,500 staff who go about their jobs with dedication and compassion. These “gems” contribute to patient care, student teaching, laboratory investigations, diagnostic testing and administrative responsibilities that support the school’s success and keep things running smoothly. The school recently recognized the outstanding service and dedication of several staff members.

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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.