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Since the first graduates emerged from Haring Hall in 1952, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has prepared more than 5,000 men and women for careers in clinical veterinary practice, research, public service and academia. Many of our alumni have become leaders in their community as officers in state/regional/national veterinary and community associations, teachers and scientists of international stature. The success of our alumni is one of the primary reasons that the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is internationally recognized as a premier institution of teaching, research and service in the veterinary profession. We encourage you to stay connected with the school and your classmates. Please contact us at 530-752-7024.
Morton LaPittus, DVM 1961, knew at the age of six that he wanted to become a veterinarian. His lifelong passion for animals and a rewarding veterinary career inspired him and his wife, Susan, to establish the Morton and Susan LaPittus Future of UC Davis Award, supporting future veterinary scientists.
Even as a young boy, LaPittus demonstrated a gentle, healing touch. He recalled bringing his pet parakeet to see a veterinarian for treatment of a broken leg. The bird had a cast applied, but repeatedly removed it with his beak. To stop this, LaPittus cleverly devised an e-collar out of a cardboard toilet tissue roll.
Determined to go to veterinary school, LaPittus saved money for his education by working at a dairy—even taking the midnight shift milking cows. He pursued his boyhood dream and was accepted to the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1957.
Enjoying a distinguished career, LaPittus worked in private practice for several years and later served as an instructor at a community college. He also traveled extensively, developed an international speaker series, and co-authored a book entitled, A Complete Guide to Healthy Pets.
The LaPittuses value the tremendous influence veterinary medicine has had on their lives and have given a gift in appreciation to the school. “We strongly feel that the future of veterinary medicine lies in the hands, minds, and knowledge of the next generation of veterinarians, and therefore, we wish to help with their accomplishments by investing in their future.”