Mercer Clinic for the Pets of the Homeless

Mercer in the Press

Below are recent media articles about the Mercer Clinic. If you would like to feature Mercer in your publication, please contact our Head Coordinators at

July 2016
Mercer Clinic was featured in Comstock's Magazine as a "success story for 25 years". Read about it here!

May 2015
Mercer Clinic received three prestigeous awards: the (1) Outstanding Community Service Award from the UC Davis Internship and Career Center and the Community Service Resource Center, (2) the Chancellor’s Civic Engagement Award (including a $1,000 prize), and (3) the Presidential Award for Community Service (complete with a plaque, pin and certificate signed by President Obama).  Read about it here!
Mercer Clinic Honored With Three Prestigious Awards
'Pet' project wins awards, needs support

March 15, 2015
Many stations have recently covered our clinic's fight to stay open. Read them here:
"Sacramento vet clinic for homeless pets could close" News 10 ABC
"UC Davis Clinic Day" GoodDay Sacramento
"Sacramento homeless pet care program in limbo" KCRA News
"Mercer Clinic helps homeless folks' pets" Sacramento Bee

February 3, 2015
Head Coordinator Rachel Ferris and Pharmacy Coordinator Caroline Hogan appeared on Davis Community Television to discuss Mercer Veterinary Clinic's current situation.

May 10, 2014
Dean Michael Lairmore visited Mercer and wrote about his experience in the Dean's Perspective:

"One of the most cherished qualities of our faculty, staff, and students is compassion. Our compassionate outreach is exemplified in a variety of ways in our community. One such example is the Mercer Veterinary Clinic. The clinic operates as a non-profit organization providing free medical care for the animal companions of the homeless The clinic is open one Saturday every month at Loaves and Fishes, a Sacramento-based organization which provides an array of services to the homeless. In my recent visit to the clinic, I found an amazing organization that could only be described as controlled chaos. Every square foot of the newly occupied building was filled with volunteer veterinarians, veterinary students, clients, and undergraduate volunteers working together in a well-organized hive of activity. I was given a tour by Rachael Ferris (Class of 2017) and Dr. Laurel Gershwin (Faculty Advisor). In between seeing clients and orchestrating multiple divergent activities, they introduced me to the highly structured operations and teams of students that make the clinic the model of organizational excellence. Rachael, with skills and confidence well beyond those expected of a first year student, acted as the calm master sergeant orchestrating a veterinary campaign in the midst of battle. Each person seemed to know their role and focused on bringing the best veterinary care available to their beloved clients. The clients in turn waited patiently in the parking lot or in the tight quarters of the clinic building. Their emotion filled eyes told their story, as they closely clutched their pets. Their pets, in most cases, are their only companion, bringing unconditional love to their lives. The gratitude of those served by our students was expressed in their smiles and soft words of thanks.

While we build our highly-organized and state-of-the-art hospital and design our cutting-edge educational experiences in veterinary education, we must also remember that we serve the neediest of our society. The student club that provides the energy and creativity that drives the Mercer Clinic represent the very best qualities of veterinarians. They volunteer their time to work in teams to serve our underserved populations at the periphery of our world. In turn, our students learn skill sets not offered by our curriculum on campus. They learn to juggle scant resources, manage their time in the face of unexpected problems, and bring a source of hope to those who sometimes only have a pet as their loved one. While, it may appear that our efforts are to benefit the homeless, it is our volunteer faculty, local veterinarians, and our students who have received an education in compassion and love of mankind. This lesson, often best learned by serving in the real world that surrounds us, will become part of the fabric and lifelong experience of our students, allowing them to become compassionate providers serving humanity."

December 23, 2012
Mercer was featured in an article in the Davis Enterprise!:
"Vet Students Get Hands-on Experience"