Community Outreach / Extension

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In pursuit of the school's goal to advance the well-being of animals and people in California and around the globe, faculty, staff and students reach out in many ways to provide services to the community, promote veterinary medicine, make discoveries, and engage members of the public through volunteer opportunities, special events and other activities.


William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Small Animal Clinic
(530) 752-1393 Primary care for pets, referrals, and specialty services

Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Large Animal Clinic
(530) 752-0290 Food animals, horses, llamas/alpacas, and backyard livestock. Outpatient visits, hospitalization, intensive care and field service appointments

UC Veterinary Medical Center - San Diego
Specializing in renal medicine, kidney dialysis, cardiology, pharmacy and nutrition support for veterinarians and pet owners in Southern California.

Veterinary Medicine Extension
Focusing on science-based solutions to problems of concern to the health of animals and the vitality of California's animal industries. Clients include consumers, public policy agencies, animal-related industries, food producers and commodity groups throughout the state.

Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, Tulare
Services to local clients in dairy production medicine, herd health and bovine nutrition. Tours and educational events for college, high school and younger students.

Community Medicine Service and Behavior Service co-host monthly "Yappy Hour" and "Kat Klass" socialization sessions for puppies and kittens.



A Fulbright in Egypt
Dr. Mary Christopher, a Professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine, was a Fulbright Scholar in Egypt during the 2010-11 academic year. Dr. Christopher’s photographs are in display in Gladys Valley Hall. Gladys Valley Hall is open M-F from 8-5. View Valley Hall on the UC Davis map here

California Raptor Center
Self-guided tours on weekdays and Saturdays in Davis; group tours; free open house events in fall and spring; off-site presentations arranged with schools and other groups

Dog n Jog One Health Event
Fun run and health fair fostering understanding of the connections between human and veterinary health

State Fair Livestock Nursery, Sacramento 
Learn about the miracle of birth and farm animal health; visit newborn livestock; meet vets and veterinary students

Picnic Day
Student-sponsored activities, contests and exhibits in April: Doxie Derby, Frisbee dog contest, Canine Breed Showcase, Feline Breed Showcase, OWCN washing station and more.


For Preveterinary Students

So You Want to Be a Vet
Information for middle school and high school students

Future Day
Free, all-day event for high school students promoting higher education and demonstrating the diverse careers of veterinarians.

Summer Enrichment Program
Intensive program to help disadvantaged students enhance their preparation for veterinary school. Course work, admissions workshops, case presentations and hands-on veterinary experience in the teaching hospital.

Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center
Tours and educational events for college, high school and younger students relating to agricultural production and dairy medicine

OWCN for Kids
Online activities that help children learn what happens to wildlife during oil spills

Animal Ambassadors: A Bridge to the World of (Veterinary) Science
Curriculum and professional development program for educators especially designed to help youth develop an interest in science; acquire critical thinking and life skills; and build a foundation of care and responsibility toward animals. Classroom teachers, afterschool providers and members of the UC Davis Veterinary Student Outreach Club use Animal Ambassadors activities in working with elementary-aged students. The curriculum developer of Animal Ambassadors is a Cooperative Extension Specialist who also contributes to science education for 4-H members.

California National Primate Research Center Education Outreach Program
A free program to introduce K-6 students to nonhuman primates, health sciences, animals in research, and biomedical research programs and careers, using science activities in the classroom.

California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science, COSMOS COSMOS is a 4-week summer residential program for high achieving math and science students in high school. In this program, School of Veterinary Medicine faculty member Rance LeFebvre teaches a biomedical sciences course focused on several aspects of science and medicine. The course provides hands-on experience in identifying and characterizing disease-causing agents of humans and animals; participants also visit the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, the school's veterinary anatomy laboratory, Sacramento Zoo, UC Davis Medical Center and other sites to learn how their biology studies connect with animal, human and environmental health.



Canine Community Blood Donor Program
You (and your dog) may save another dog's life

California Raptor Center
Help with birds, facilities, education

Orphan Kitten Project
Adopt a kitten, provide supplies or make donations to improve animal welfare and reduce feline overpopulation

Oiled Wildlife Care Network
Training programs for volunteers throughout the state


Regional Engagement

Knights Landing Community Outreach Project
We are veterinary students of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, working with the UCD medical students to bring healthcare to the Knights Landing community.

Mercer Veterinary Clinic for Pets of the Homeless
Student-run organization providing free veterinary care for animal companions of the homeless at a monthly clinic in Sacramento. Faculty mentors and private practitioners volunteer their services

Veterinary Emergency Response Team
Experienced volunteer faculty, other veterinarians and students respond to animal-related emergencies and natural disasters.

Zoological Medicine Service
Clinical services to zoo animals at several regional zoological gardens and wild animal parks. The chief veterinarian also serves as the head veterinarian at the Sacramento Zoo

Community Surgery Service 
Spay-neuter operations and other routine surgical procedures for privately owned and shelter animals

Veterinary Medicine Extension
Focusing on science-based solutions to problems of concern to the health of animals and the vitality of California's animal industries. Clients include consumers, public policy agencies, animal-related industries, food producers and commodity groups throughout the state.

Spay Day 
Faculty, staff and student volunteers spay or neuter dozens of dogs on Spay Day, usually in February. UC Davis and the Sacramento Area Animal Coalition collaborate on this event as part of national effort to help low-income pet owners, address pet overpopulation and reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in shelters every year.

Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, Tulare
Tours and educational events for veterinary, college, high school and younger students.

Josh Project
Veterinary students raise funds and visit children at local hospitals to cheer them up with a stuffed golden retriever named Josh to keep them company and a book called ìIíll be OK.


National Partnerships

Oiled Wildlife Care Network
Coordinating more than 30 California wildlife organizations to provide statewide response, veterinary care and rehabilitation for animals injured in oil spills. Provides expertise at the national and international levels.

The California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System
Member of multiple national laboratory groups known as the Integrated Consortium of Laboratory Networks; these networks are designed to meld federal and state resources for rapid response to foreign animal disease or other emergencies affecting animal health or the safety of the food supply

UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program
Protecting the health of shelter animals so that more survive to find lifelong homes; UC Davis shelter vets serve several local shelters and consult nationwide about shelter design, behavioral concerns, outbreak prevention and response, and other shelter issues

Ophthalmology Service
Free eye exams to certified service dogs at the Small Animal Clinic; fulfilling a national mission of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists to protect the health of working dogs

Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service
Free dental exams to certified service dogs at the Small Animal Clinic as part of the national oral health program of the American Veterinary Dentistry College. 

Western Institute for Food Safety and Security
The institute is developing two national programs a consortium that incorporates the efforts of five institutions for the training of first responders who would confront agro-terrorism or disaster-related issues. WIFSS is focusing on food safety problems in this area. The effort is supported by the Department of Homeland Security and addresses training for FDA inspectors as well as producers and processors of food products. On the research side, the Western Center for Food Safety (a part of the WIFSS program), in collaboration with six other universities and organizations supported by the Food and Drug Administration, is helping to launch investigations on foodborne related outbreaks at the pre-harvest level. Along with other FDA Centers for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the Davis center is helping to characterize many of the causes and sources of contaminants in the produce, dairy and related food systems so that FDA inspectors and producers can more easily identify problems.


Global Outreach

Building a global early warning system to detect emerging diseases that move between wildlife and people

Gorilla Doctors
The only source of veterinary care to endangered mountain gorillas in the Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo

Health for Animals and Livelihood Improvement
Researching the impacts of zoonotic disease and water management on health and livelihoods in Tanzania

Educational Center of Expertise in One Health
Assessing global health problems at the human-water-animal-food interface and finding practical solutions in collaboration with local partners around the world

Lemur Biology Project, Madagascar
Health surveillance, anesthesia services and research support for a project of the University of Colorado, Boulder

International Programs
Supports students traveling abroad during the summer to volunteer and learn among small animals, wildlife and large animal species; also facilitates faculty exchange with partner countries

SeaDoc Society
Helping restore health to the Inland Waters of Washington and British Columbia, the Salish Sea, home to six million people and countless marine animals.

China Veterinary Collaboration
Several US and UK universities advancing livestock production, standards in veterinary education, on-farm training programs, veterinary public health and food safety