History

 

2009-2010: The community has an advocate reach out to the UC Davis School of Medicine (SOM) and discuss the problems the town had with a lack of accessible human medical services. This advocate found Denise Piñon, a medical student and Co-Director of one of the medical school’s many community clinics who was willing to help bring a sustainable clinic to the community of Knights Landing.

2011: The Knights Landing community voices an interest in veterinary services, as there are no veterinary clinics in the area either. At this time, the current dean for the SOM invited the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) to the community, considering this to be the perfect place to have a collaboration between the two schools to create a One Health clinic, at the time named “Knights Landing One Health Clinic.”

December 2011: The SOM students have a health fair to promote their clinic. Various veterinary students and faculty were invited, and they found the community was very receptive towards adding a veterinary clinic component to the project. 

January 2012: The SOM students open a human clinic in the community and are housed at the Knights Landing Family Resources Center, which had been used as a human clinic previously.

 

2012-2013: Various veterinary students work to create a sustainable veterinary clinic, to build a relationship with the community, to assess the needs of the community, and to combine the two clinics into a single One Health clinic.

September 2013: The veterinary students hold a health fair in front of the human clinic to discuss animal health, One Health, and to spread the word about the grand opening of the veterinary clinic. 

October 2013: The SVM students open a veterinary clinic in the community. With no other facilities capable of holding the clinic, the first few clinics were held in the local school basketball court. Services provided at the time included complete physical exams, preventative care (deworming, medications, and vaccinations), and client education for the dogs and cats of the community. The clinic depends solely on donations and grants, and is completely student-run, with overseeing licensed veterinarians. The human and animal clinics retained their separate names to avoid confusion, but they both become projects under the title of the Knights Landing One Health Clinic.

November 2013: A very generous veterinary clinic in Southern California donated a microscope to the clinic. This allowed the students to be able to perform fecal exams and cytologies for the community pets, while having veterinarians to help interpret the results and suggest proper management techniques.

January 2014: The SVM students begin holding the clinics from the community center.

March 2014: The first education class is held regarding dog bite prevention. A veterinary student provided coloring books to the children, led discussions with the parents, and demonstrated proper techniques to avoid dog bites with the community.

April 2014: The Science Education Outreach Program (SEOP), a class of undergraduate students from various disciplines who are all interested in One Health, held a One Health fair for the community. Topics they covered included proper hand washing techniques for the prevention of spreading infectious agents (including zoonotic diseases) and recycling principles.

May 2014: After months of searching, veterinary students were finally able to find a program that would allow the clinic to offer the community spay and neuter services. Because this program is through the SVM, this partnership not only provides a service for the community, but it also gives fourth year veterinary students a chance to perform spay, neuter, and other simple surgeries (inguinal repairs, deciduous teeth removal, etc.) under the direct supervision of faculty veterinarians at the school.

 

June 2014: Representative veterinary students attend their first Inter-Organization Meeting. At this meeting various representatives from the human medical clinic, veterinary medical clinic, the town leaders, and various other organizations involved with the community meet to discuss what each group is involved in and where help is needed and can be given.

August 2014: Students, faculty, and advisers from the veterinary and human medical school meet with a community representative for our first retreat. At this meeting we discuss the history of the town, the development of the clinic, what One Health means to all of those involved, and how we plan to implement this model in the community.

January 2015: The veterinary and human medical students meet with a larger number of community representatives to hold the clinic’s second retreat. At this gathering we updated the community on what was discussed at our first retreat and we conferred about the next steps for each group. During this month, we also held the first class of three of a nutrition series, where both veterinary and human medical students discussed the health of animals and humans.

February 2015: The veterinary and human medical students begin holding regular meetings, further strengthening their relationship.

April 2015: The second SEOP One Health fair is held where topics, such as ticks, were discussed with the community. 

March 2015: The clinic adds FeLV vaccines to their services as they begin to receive more and more feline patients.

May 2015: “Knights Landing One Health Clinic” was renamed to “Knights Landing One Health Center” to better include the other organizations and disciplines involved in running the clinics. The veterinary and medical clinics used subheadings to differentiate our services.

September 2015: The SVM students developed a One Health class for undergraduate pre-veterinary students, which make up the undergraduate volunteer pool. The pre-veterinary students are taught veterinary skills such as animal handling and restraint, history taking, and common diagnostics. Some classes are held with the mirrored undergraduate pre-medical students to discuss One Health topics.

November 2015: The veterinary medical students complete construction of a storage shed for clinic materials along the South wall of the Community Center, establishing their first semi-permanent presence in the town.

February 2016: The Knights Landing One Health Center receives the Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance (COHA) One Health In-A-Minute Award. The purpose of the award is to develop a professional video and showcase the unique synergy among professionals in a multidisciplinary, clinical setting.

April 2016: The clinic adds heartworm testing to their services for the dogs and cats of Knights Landing, as well as educating clients on the importance of preventing Heartworm Disease.