Strategic Planning

7.1. Strengthen external collaboration in all mission areas

Academic veterinary medicine has many issues to address which are best served by broad discussion with interested collaborators, constituents and stakeholders. We will bring forward these discussions and establish partnerships to collaborate on specific educational, recruitment, research or outreach projects that would advance animal health. We will also attempt to leverage our position as the only UC veterinary school by becoming the leading government advisor on animal health-related issues and their relationship to human and environmental health.

a. Lead UC System initiatives in veterinary medicine.

  • Leverage our position as the only University of California school of veterinary medicine to take a leading role as a government advisor on animal health-related issues and their relationship to human and environmental health. (See Strategy 4.1)
  • Play a leading role in determining the number and types of veterinarians the University of California should be producing.
  • Consider providing joint graduate training experiences at the UC San Diego campus (e.g., Comparative/ Experimental Pathology).
  • Participate in the UC Global Health initiative.

b. Collaborate with industry and agriculture. (See Strategy 4.1 and 4.2)

  • Offer outreach and extension programs that meet identified needs.
  • Pursue philanthropic support from these sources.

c. Increase interactions with non-governmental organizations and non-profit organizations.

d. Strengthen relationships with other academic institutions.

  • Continue to build relationships with institutions that serve as pipelines for students who meet specific programmatic needs (e.g., rural, underrepresented minority, etc.) (See Strategy 1.1 and 4.2)
  • Collaborate with other schools of veterinary medicine to support innovative educational approaches. (See Strategy 1.3)
  • Promote SVM translational research expertise to health profession schools outside of UC Davis.
Current Actions
  • Strategic Planning for 2018-22 
    An engaged group of 75 school leaders, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and stakeholders participated in an interactive all-day Vision Conference as part of the school’s 2018-22 Strategic Planning initiative. Through several orchestrated exercises, participants provided input on the top priorities and strategies for the school’s future goals
  • Supporting Agricultural Innovation
    The school participated in the National Food and Ag Tech Showcase event on May 8 organized by the campus World Food Center. Dean Lairmore moderated an afternoon roundtable discussion on animal and production and hosted tours of the veterinary hospital C & D barns and the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory. The showcase brought together researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, agricultural producers and food companies with the goal of positioning UC Davis as a national hub for agriculture and food technology innovation.
  • Vet Med/Medicine One Health Student Activity
    Led by Drs. Pat Conrad and Michael Wilkes, a joint One Health activity was held March 7 and 9 for the 2nd year veterinary class in the Immunology and Infectious Disease block and medical students in their Doctoring course. The sessions focused on addressing a One Health zoonotic disease problem involving a pregnant woman who lives in a rural area with dairy goats, cats, and wildlife, drinks unpasteurized milk and well water, and enjoys vegetables from her organic garden.
  • External Collaborations for Food Animal Health
    More than 20 Center for Food Animal Health (CFAH) faculty and state animal agriculture stakeholders gathered February 24th for a day-long advisory meeting focused on livestock, poultry, small ruminants and aquaculture. Participants discussed the latest, most critical issues and needs in food animal health such as: foothill abortion vaccine development; anti-microbial resistance; and emerging pathogens in aquaculture
  • Engaged in Government Relations
    The External Relations Committee met with campus state and federal government relations staffers to discuss current and upcoming legislative activities, items of interest to veterinary medicine and potential budget impacts in the coming year. The committee provides input on research, veterinary practice, animal, human and environmental health related issues and evidence-based outcomes contributing to policy development.
  • Zoo Medicine Partnership
    Zoo medicine residents learn while providing clinical care to the more than 500 animals residing at the Sacramento Zoo. This community partnership serves both the school and the zoo well. View on Instagram
  • Promoting Agricultural Collaborations
    The school's food safety and food animal health programs were well-represented at the Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival held September 24, 2016. Led by our Western Institute for Food Safety and Security team, the school's booth included family-friendly games, information, poster displays and giveaways, all focused on testing the food safety knowledge of festival goers and discussing the school's myriad of programs supporting animal and public health.
  • Global Learning Opportunities
    Students engaged in international summer externships through our Office of Global Programs shared their experiences Thursday evening (9/15/2016). Projects ranged from assessing the health of abandoned cart horses in Ethiopia and studying wildlife in Uganda, to examining the well-being of elephants in Sri Lanka and getting up close with claws, pouches and scales in Australia.
  • Million Cat Challenge
    A joint project of UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and the Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida is successfully addressing a major nationwide societal issue and saving cat lives (611,043 since 2014). Working collaboratively with hundreds of shelters, the program's goal is to save one million cat lives in 5 years by focusing on five key initiatives: Alternatives to Intake; Managed Admission; Capacity for Care; Removing Barriers to Adoption; and Return to Field.
  • International Collaborations to Improve Food Safety
    As part of a recent 4-day visit, representatives from the Northwest A & F University (NWAFU) in Yangling, China and the Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences (ZAAS) met with Rob Atwill, Michael Lairmore, Bart Weimer, and other campus colleagues to discuss a tri-party collaboration (NWAFU-ZAAS-UCD). The goal is to combine the scientific strengths of NWAFU, ZAAS, and UCD to achieve new breakthroughs in food safety.
  • Building Strong Health Science Collaborations
    Engagement with the leaders in the UC Office of the President and the Health Science Deans for Pharmacy, Optometry, Public Health, and Dentistry not only promotes veterinary medicine at the system-wide level, but also generates opportunities for collaborations. At a recent meeting the deans discussed affordability and student debt; loan repayment assistance programs; student diversity; policies related to self-supporting graduate professional degree programs; and Indirect Cost Return among other items.
  • Building International Collaborations
    The first UCD Davis, UC Dublin (UCD2) Schools of Veterinary Medicine Symposium was held June 28-29, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. Leaders and researchers from the two schools met to share current research and teaching approaches and build bonds for future collaborations.
  • Global Health Collaborations
    At the Consortium of Universities for Global Health's 2016 Annual Conference in San Francisco, participants discussed themed topics in support of "Bridging a Sustainable Future in Global Health." Dr. Pat Conrad helped organize the conference, bringing in speakers and collaborators for global health networking, career development and knowledge sharing from all over the world. Drs. Lairmore, Mazet and a number of our veterinary students participated. Topics included: global cancer, global health security, education, technology and innovation, workforce needs and much more.
  • Strong External Collaborations - Recently co-PIs Drs. Alda Pires and Michele Jay-Russell brought together 30 producers, industry members and experts from across the country to discuss food safety in organic agriculture. The workshop featured discussions, surveys and listening sessions on the use of raw manure and compost, rotational grazing practices, technology innovations and other tools to help organic farmers comply with new food safety regulations and prevent foodborne illnesses in the U.S.
  • Building Strong Connections
    The school hosted an alumni reception for 45 attendees at the recent North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, FL in January. Dean Lairmore provided a program update and participants informally connected with colleagues from UC Davis. These events are important opportunities to share news with alumni, hear about their experiences and professional needs, and promote the school's activities and achievements.
  • Organized Veterinary Professional Engagement
    Throughout the school faculty and leaders engage with veterinary professional organizations - AVMA, CVMA, Specialty Colleges, and more. These interactions are important opportunities for us to learn and participate in the current activities and issues of our veterinary colleagues. At a recent CVMA Board of Governor's meeting in S. California Dean Lairmore provided a School Update to promote the school's contributions to advancing the profession.
  • Partners Serving Community Needs
    Dean Lairmore and the hospital leadership hosted a dinner last week for faculty, staff and our professional partners for their animal care efforts related to the Valley and Butte fire crisis. More than 70, including representatives from CVMA, HALTER - Horses and Livestock Team Emergency Rescue, Middletown Animal Hospital and others, joined together to celebrate the amazing things we were able to accomplish together. Please enjoy this community outreach/fire response video.
  • Promoting Agricultural Collaborations - The school's food safety and food animal health programs were well represented at the Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival. Led by our Western Institute for Food Safety and Security team, the school's booth included family-friendly games, information, poster displays and giveaways, all focused on testing the food safety knowledge of festival goers and discussing the school's myriad of programs supporting animal and public health.
  • Training Leaders in Dairy Nutrition - The VMTRC has launched a new internship focused on dairy nutrition and feeding systems. In partnership with the California Dairy Research Foundation, this new program will train future leaders in feed manufacturing, dairy feeding systems, nutrient management and feed and food safety. .
  • Multiple Institutions Promoting Global Health - Led by Associate Dean Pat Conrad, the School hosted the Bay Area Global Health Seminar Series recently, which was attended by more than 150 participants. This quarterly succession of moderated salon-style discussions features scientific experts from UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, UC Davis and Stanford. This collaborative series highlights challenges in global health and brings together experts from various fields to discuss ways to approach the issues.
  • Promoting External Collaborations - More than 20 Center for Animal Health (CFAH) faculty and stakeholders gathered for a day-long advisory meeting focused on livestock, poultry and small ruminants. The faculty provided research updates in the areas of avian/poultry, cattle nutrition, food animal diseases, beef and dairy cattle research, small ruminant health, and Epizootic Bovine Abortion research and vaccine development. CFAH leadership also solicited stakeholder input to learn of commodity needs and concerns, and provided an update on the center's priority issues.
  • Building Strong Collaborations - Faculty, SVM Leaders, Development, Communications and VMTH Client Services staff attended the recent 87th Annual Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas to promote the School's expertise, research accomplishments, continuing education offerings, and the teaching hospital's clinical and diagnostic services. These major professional conferences provide an opportunity to strategically promote clinical and research collaborations and contributions to the advancement of veterinary medicine.
  • VMTRC Promotes Dairy Production Medicine at World Ag Expo - The Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center (VMTRC) promoted School and VMTRC programs/services at the 2015 World Ag Expo - the world's largest annual agricultural exposition with an estimated 100,000 participants from around the world. Attendees visiting the VMTRC booth learned about veterinary students and residents training in dairy production medicine, food safety, cattle welfare, ecosystem health and livestock genetic testing services available through the Veterinary Genetics Lab.
  • One Health Institute Impacts (pdf)
  • A new Associate Dean for Global Programs position has been created and Dr. Pat Conrad will serve as the first incumbent to promote international exchange and collaborations
  • The School’s faculty recently conducted continuing education programs in China.
  • Dr. Mary Christopher pursues a Fulbright Scholarship in Egypt
Past Actions
  • Quarterly Report – October 2012 – External Collaborations (7.1.) Download pdf
  • Regional Teaching Academy (June 2012)
    In support of our goal to collaborate with other schools to support innovative educational approaches we are participating in a Consortium of Western Regional Colleges of Veterinary Medicine initiative to develop a teaching academy. The Consortium is interested in creating a collaborative teaching academy as a means to support best practices in veterinary medical education and to establish the veterinary educator as a valued career. Drs. Jan Ilkiw and Joie Watson are representing the School as members of the steering committee. The committee met in early June to: design the start-up of the academy; identify objectives; define the scope of the deliverables; develop the vision; and create a set of core values to guide the program’s development. The committee also discussed issues related to the committee’s leadership, membership, roles and responsibilities, operational framework , meeting schedules, metrics and specific projects. The committee will continue to meet via monthly video conferences and will schedule a 1-2 day meeting in January 2013.