Strategic Planning

3.1. Provide outstanding patient care in an efficient, compassionate and service-oriented manner

Efforts to support continued excellent patient care will include planning for new clinical facilities, recruiting top clinical faculty and staff, engaging in clinical programmatic planning along species and specialty lines, and reorienting operations to meet customer needs. Our clinical teams are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care for our animal patients; and compassionate service and communications for their human owners.


a. Strengthen the teaching hospital and clinical programs.

  • Proactively plan for state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.
  • Rebrand the VMTH to increase public recognition and support for the role that the teaching hospital plays in education and research. (See Strategy 5.3)
  • Recruit and retain top clinical faculty and staff.
  • Engage in clinical programmatic planning along species and disciplinary lines.
  • Reorient operations to meet market needs.

b. Explore effective models to expand the school’s clinical program outreach: Consider the following:

  • Community-based practices run by the school;
  • Collaborations with outside practices;
  • Joint clinics in partnership with the UC Davis Health System in outlying areas for animals and people. (OneHealth);
  • Clinical facility on the Sacramento campus;
  • Environmental consulting services in rural practice; and Expanded use of telemedicine.
Current Actions
  • Community Service at its Best
    Our clinical teams are once again on alert to assist the animals affected by wildfires. The first patient from the Clayton Fire was received and treated 8/15. The good work and community resource that we provide was further promoted by Fox40 and News10.
  • Outstanding Patient Care
    A current dialysis patient from Southern California, receiving regular treatments at our UCVMC-San Diego center, was able to join his owner on a camping trip at Lake Tahoe. While here in Northern California the dog, Sundance, was able to receive his dialysis treatment here in Davis; an example of excellent service and coordination between the two teams..
  • Cutting-edge Clinical Programs
    At a town-hall meeting in mid-January hospital faculty and staff had the opportunity to hear and discuss facility and programmatic planning related to keeping the clinical program on the cutting-edge. Planning design for the new Veterinary Medical Center was presented by Bill Starr, Sr. Project Manager-Design and Construction Management. Director Jane Sykes also provided a brief update on the proposal for a strategic planning initiative for the VMTH
  • Collaborative Efforts to Share Educational Expertise and Best Practices
    Faculty members representing the five college partners of the Western Region Consortium of Veterinary Medical Colleges met January 8-9, 2015 here at the School to continue planning efforts. The consortium conducted a strategic planning session related to the potential establishment of a Center of Excellence (COE) for Ruminant Health. Local leaders Terry Lehenbauer and Joan Dean Rowe organized the 2-day session which was professionally facilitated by Daniel Stone. The COE goal is to address societal needs for sustainable animal agriculture through collaborative research, education, and outreach. The COE is interested in taking fuller advantage of the different resources that exist across colleges in small ruminant health, provide students the educational opportunities they need, foster increased creativity and interactive approaches in teaching, research and outreach, and be better able to address industry and societal needs.
Past Actions