From left, UC Davis Mercer Clinic volunteer and undergraduate Rin Ehrlich, veterinary student Jessica Axelrod, class of 2012, and volunteer Enio Sanmarti, treat a cat at the Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless monthly primary care clinic at the Loaves and Fishes center in Sacramento. The clinic is run by the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine.
Identify pressing societal problems where the School can make an impact and align efforts to develop meaningful solutions.
Addressing societal needs is very important and we will take steps to ensure that we are soliciting information from our constituents, community leaders, stakeholders, and government agency representatives. We will engage in dialogue with them to hear about their highest priorities and seek to respond to those needs. We will also develop information on the societal and economic impact of the School’s programs to help us communicate with the public new animal health information and the role of veterinarians in the health of animals, people and the environment.
In support of our goal to engage in external relations to promote School initiatives with government agencies and representatives, an External Relations Committee was established. The committee consists of members of the SVM leadership team and leaders of our major centers who routinely operate programs with state/federal funding. The committee recently met to introduce the UC Davis State Government Relations Officer, Adrian Lopez, to our programs in support of public health, food safety, animal agriculture, wildlife, environmental health and water quality/safety. Student Kathy Heng, SCAVMA Legislative Liaison, also attended the meeting to learn of the School’s outreach efforts and discuss potential future student support initiatives. On-going efforts to preserve funding for two current programs under legislative review were also discussed.
Drs. Michael Kent, Robert Rebhun, Carlos Rodriguez and Katherine Skorupski were recent acknowledged by the Director of the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for their efforts in the area of comparative oncology. Their unique and noteworthy scholarly contributions in the field of cancer drug development were particularly noted. Our colleagues have been collaborative members of the NCI’s Comparative Oncology Trial Consortium (COTC) which includes 20 veterinary schools across the U.S. and Canada. This is a great example of the collaborative efforts of our outstanding faculty, the recognition of their expertise at the national level and the impact of their efforts to advance translational research, the development of new oncology drugs/treatments, and the further promotion of our School’s national reputation.