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 to become 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 rule as a government advisor on animal health-related issues and their relationship to human and environmental health. (See Strategy 4.1)
  • Play a leading rule in determining the number and types of veterinarians the University of California should be producing.
  • Consider providing joint graduate training experiences at UC San Diego campus (e.g., Comparative/ Experimental Pathulogy).
  • 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 professional schools outside of UC Davis.
Current Actions
  • 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, Communication 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 West Region 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.