Strategic Planning

7.2. Promote collaboration with other schools and programs at UC Davis

The school will promote collaborations with other campus programs and schools to explore joint faculty recruitments that enhance multiple units, and catalog faculty expertise and interests to promote research collaborations and graduate training opportunities. We are also interested in the further development of focused efforts with the School of Medicine (SOM) for research, clinical trials, joint educational offerings, and to explore the use of telemedicine to offer a virtual "one health" clinic or consultative service. By sharing resources we hope to create new programs, strengthen existing programs, and advance the "one health" approach for animal, human and environmental health.

a. Utilize graduate training programs to increase collaborations with other UC Davis Schools and Colleges.

b. Explore joint faculty recruitments.

c. Encourage participation of representatives from other schools on SVM search committees.

d. Catalog faculty expertise and interests.

  • Develop a complete inventory of faculty partnerships and leadership roles.
  • Create a searchable portal.

e. Catalog instances of successful collaboration.

f. Actively promote faculty participation in leadership roles on campus.

g. Optimize and reward SVM faculty participation in undergraduate teaching.

h. Explore the development of an undergraduate pre-professional curriculum with the SVM, SOM, and School of Nursing (SON).

i. Build upon dean-to-dean communication to identify collaborative opportunities.

j. Develop highly focused effort to strengthen alliance between the SVM and SOM.

  • Bring SOM faculty to Vet School campus.
  • Utilize technology to bridge geographic distance from the Sacramento campus.
  • Offer medical school clinical fellows opportunities at the SVM campus.
  • Specifically link with units of the SOM (e.g., Cancer Center)
  • Explore the use of telemedicine to offer a virtual “one health” clinic.
  • Offer zoonotic disease/eco-health training to medical school students.
Current Actions
  • Advancing Disaster Preparedness
    The Center for Equine Health has teamed up with International Animal Welfare Training Institute and school units to support disaster preparedness, and brought animal rescue specialist Jim Green from the U.K. to the school for a 1-year collaboration. Green will help educate first responders, veterinarians and animal owners on best practices in rescue incidents. He'll learn from our team about large scale disasters and community preparedness.
  • Collaborating to Address Societal Needs Our Students for One Health partner with the School of Medicine to serve a local rural community through the Knights Landing One Health Clinic. This unique model improves both human and animal health by providing preventive and clinical health care for a community of people and their pets.
  • Promoting "Food" Collaborations - Josette Lewis and Barbara Celli from the UC Davis World Food Center visited the School to learn more about our food safety, disease transmission, and diagnostic laboratories. Rich Breitmeyer, Jonna Mazet, Xunde Li and Bart Weimer lead table top discussions on food related programs at CAHFS, OHI, WIFSS and the 100K Pathogen Genome Project. Following the discussions, the visitors were taken on a brief tour of labs in Vet Med 3B and CAHFS. These informative meetings are important exchanges for promoting future multi-disciplinary collaborations within the School and across the campus.
  • Collaborations Routine for Veterinarians (download pdf)
  • The School has partnered with the Graduate School of Management, School of Medicine, College of Engineering and Office of Research to offer a Biomedical and Engineering Entreprenaurial Academy this summer to promote faculty research with commercialization potential.
Past Actions
  • Progress Report – June 2013 – Promoting Collaborations Download pdf
  • January Update
    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.
  • Promoting Collaborations (7.2.) Download pdf
  • Host Microbe Retreat (July 2012)
    In October, UC Davis Medical and Veterinary School researchers will participate in a two day meeting examining microbial-host interactions. The 7th Annual UC Davis Research Retreat on Host Microbe Interaction will be held on October 18-19, 2012, at the Granlibakken Conference Center in Tahoe City, CA. This meeting focuses on presentation of cutting edge infectious disease research at UC Davis and brings together clinicians, scientists, and students, who are often dispersed all over campus, to foster greater collaboration. The scientific program consists of short oral presentations from faculty, researchers, and students and also includes poster presentations and discussion time to encourage cross-fertilization and multi-disciplinary interactions among attendees.