2004 Year in Review
The school's first White Coat Ceremony welcomes the Class of 2008 to the veterinary profession.
The Wildlife Health Center publishes an intensive study showing that mountain lions live closer than we realize, but tend to avoid humans; the ongoing assessment provides information useful in managing the co-existence of pumas and people.
The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Physical Therapy Service, complete with underwater treadmills and other specialized equipment, offers therapy for cases of surgical recovery, stroke rehabilitation, arthritis and orthopedic injury.
At the first International Veterinary Conference in Kuwait, Dean Bennie I. Osburn and other veterinarians initiate an international effort to rebuild war-torn veterinary service systems and veterinary education in Afghanistan and Iraq; the plan includes developing research opportunities and student exchanges in the Middle East.
A team of clinicians and researchers identifies the genetic roots of equine malignant hyperthermia, a life-threatening disorder that may develop during anesthesia; results will lead to better clinical prevention strategies and insights about the condition in horses, other animals and humans.
The California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory and Center for Vectorborne Disease confirm West Nile virus in thousands of mosquitoes and birds as the disease reaches Northern California for the first time.
Veterinary virologist Tilahun Yilma, known for his vital work with rinderpest diagnostics and vaccines, is elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors accorded to scientists and engineers in the United States.
The Center for Companion Animal Health, the largest privately funded facility on campus, celebrates its grand opening in July; the new space holds research labs and triples capacity for cancer treatment of small animals.
Food animal researchers develop a DNA-based test that detects minute amounts of ruminant protein in livestock feed; the test may reduce risks of BSE, or mad cow disease, transmitted to food animals through contaminated feed products.
At the school's first Spay Day, 400 faculty, staff and student volunteers unite to perform 300 spay-neuter procedures in a single day to reduce pet overpopulation and improve animal welfare in the Sacramento Valley.
School faculty and partners of the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense develop ways to detect and control avian influenza, foot-and-mouth disease, Rift Valley fever and other infectious disease threats.
Harold Davis, RVT, presents the inaugural Jack Mara Memorial Lecture at the North American Veterinary Conference, where he was honored for accomplishments during his 22-year career at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
Center for Comparative Medicine researchers develop a sensitive PET-scan in mice to analyze cancers comparable to human disease; the technology helps scientists detect cancer cells at different stages of disease and may lead to better evaluation of cancer-fighting drugs.
The Renal Transplantation team performs a successful kidney transplant on a Belgian cat, the program's first patient from Europe; the surgical team has conducted more than 300 kidney transplants since 1987.
The Western Institute for Food Safety and Security receives $4.7 million from the Department of Homeland Security to train personnel how to prevent, recognize and deal with potential terrorist acts directed at the nation's food supply.
Center for Companion Animal Health geneticists discover the mutation that causes polycystic kidney disease, a common disorder of Persian cats; a diagnostic test will help identify and prevent this serious disease, which also occurs in humans.
The Aldo Leopold Leadership Progam names its first veterinarian, Patricia Conrad, as a fellow in its environmental science communications training program.