Strategic Planning

5.3. Elevate the school's capability in marketing, branding and public relations

The school is committed to enhancing its communications and marketing efforts to promote its expertise, discoveries, services and contributions to further promote public understanding and recognition. Enhanced efforts to coordinate design and message points of marketing materials will support philanthropic initiatives, grant applications and recruitment efforts. Implementation of a school-wide communication and marketing plan will efficiently utilize available resources to maximize the public relations impact.

a. Present a more unified brand identity for the school; retire ancillary brands.

  • Adopt standardized marks and logos for stationary, signage, business cards, etc.
  • Develop focused and consistent talking points for the school.
  • Determine how to respond to inquiries; who will answer the phone; who will speak on behalf of the school.
  • Align branding with university standards.

b. Develop a school-wide communication and marketing plan.

c. Rebrand the VMTH to increase public recognition and support for the role that the teaching hospital plays in education and research. (See Strategy 3.1)

d. Leverage university expertise in marketing and public relations.

e. Expand strategic advertising on focused programs.

Current Actions
  • School Update and Impacts - April 2018 (pdf)
  • Agricultural and Natural Resources Update and Impacts – March 2018 (Download pdf)
  • 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
  • Elevating SVM News Coverage
    The SVM Communication Team responds to more than 500 media inquiries each year. This week SVM partnered with campus Strategic Communications to promote Dr. Peyton’s care of the bears burned during the wildfires which resulted in national coverage in multiple outlets including The Washington Post and National Geographic.
  • School Update and Impacts - January 2018 (pdf)
  • State of the VMTH
    The hospital's more than 120 board-certified faculty and staff veterinarians, along with a team of 350 highly-trained staff members, saw approximately 50,000 patients for the year--highlights provided in the State of the VMTH 2016-17 publication (pdf).
  • School Update and Impacts - September 2017 (pdf)
  • School Update and Impacts - June 2017 (pdf)
  • Agricultural and Natural Resources Update and ImpactsJune 2017 (pdf)
  • 2017 State of the School Address (Download pdf)
  • Agricultural and Natural Resources Update and Impacts – May 2017 (Download pdf)
  • Vet Med Admin Facility Opens
    The school welcomed more than 250 guests to the Veterinary Medicine Student Services and Administration Center grand opening event on Wednesday, March 29. This center, part of the school's facility masterplan, co-locates student programs, IT and multiple administrative units to optimize services to the school's community. Designed as a gateway to the Arboretum, the facility includes outdoor casual and event space, and a new Scrubs Cafe.
  • School Update and Impacts - January 2017 (pdf)

  • School Update and Impacts - November 2016 (pdf)

  • ANR Update - November 2016 (pdf)

  • Promoting One Health Collaborations
    The school's Communication Team hosted Claire Holmes, Associate Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs and Marketing for the UC Davis Health System, for a tour of the school and dialog on opportunities to co-promote the joint programs and collaborations between the two schools.
  • School Update and Impacts - September 2016 (pdf)
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Update – October 2016 (pdf)
  • ANR Report - August 2016 - (pdf)
  • School Update - June 2016 (pdf)
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Update – June 2016 (pdf)
  • Community Outreach at Picnic Day
    Picnic Day efforts at the VMTH were a huge success. For the first time in many years the VMTH team organized tours, booths, engaging displays and demonstrations - providing a view into veterinary medicine. 500 visitors of all ages, many prospective students and parents, took tours in groups of 25. Participants were enthusiastic about the school and what they learned.
  • Communications and Marketing Resources
    The communications team launched the new SVM Communications and Marketing web site to provide resources and guidance on communications and marketing activities in the school. High quality, coordinated and consistently branded communications enhance the reputation and visibility for individuals, programs and the school simultaneously. Using a multimedia approach, the team works with units around the school to help them tell their story to improve animal, human and environmental health.
  • School Update - April 2016 (pdf)
  • 2015 Year in Review - Visit the page
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Report - February 2016 - (pdf)
  • Successes Across the School
    UC Davis Top Ten Stories for 2015 - Vet Med was featured in seven - promoting translational research, advancing the well-being of animals, building collaborations, addressing societal issues and elevating the school's public relations:
  1. Newborn horses give clues to autism/maladjusted foal syndrome (SVM/ Madigan, Aleman, Pessah)
  2. Lyme disease subverts immune system (CCM/Baumgarth)
  3. Rat poison at marijuana farms killing forest mammal (VGL/Gabriel & CAHFS/ Poppenga)
  4. Plastic for Dinner: fish contain debris (Aquatic Health Program/Rochman)
  5. Hummingbird Health - preventive health and research (HH & Conservation Prog/Tell & Ernest)
  6. Santa Barbara Oil Spill/oiled wildlife response (OWCN/Ziccardi)
  7. Molly the Cow Rescue from mine shaft (VERT/Madigan)
  • Facility Update - February 2016 (Download pdf)
  • School Update - January 2016 (Download pdf)
  • Elevating the School's Marketing Presence
    Our new School Brochure is now available on our website. This marketing piece highlights our global leadership in veterinary medicine, our cutting edge research ($70 million annually), and our clinical advances at the forefront of patient care. It also illustrates our excellence in teaching future veterinarians, specialists and veterinary scientists. Feel free to utilize this digital resource to promote the great work and dedication of you and your school colleagues.
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Update – December 2015 (Download pdf)
  • 2015 Qtr 3 Media Report—Summary of Impacts (Download pdf)
  • School Update - October 2015 (Download pdf)
  • Media Report 2015 - Quarter 2 Download pdf
  • The Power of Social Media - At the first Fall meeting for the Vet Med Communicators Dean Lairmore shared his social media approach in a presentation entitled "Use of Social Media to Promote Scientific Research and Organizational Mission". The VM Communicators is a group of 30 staff that meets monthly to share ideas and best practices related to marketing and communication support for SVM programs/units.  Social media is now a major component of all communication efforts. Posts this past week related to the school's efforts to help animal fire evacuees has resulted in more than 1 million views of the school's Facebook page!
  • Dean's Blog - Dean Lairmore, dedicated to communications, has developed a new blog entitled "Dean's Musings". He will use this blog to post his musings and perspectives on a broad range of school centered and veterinary professional issues, and further encouraging broad dialogue.
  • CCAH Communications Planning The leadership team at the Center for Companion Animal Health (CCAH) and members of the VMDO Development and Communications teams held a planning workshop to lay groundwork for a CCAH communications plan. The CCAH has been a long-time supporter of faculty companion animal research, resident research projects and most recently a funding program for small equipment. The communications plan will provide proactive guidance to further promote the CCAH's programs and animal health advances to donors, clients and our many public audiences.
  • State of the School Address - May 2015 (Download pdf)
  • 2015 Q1 Media Report—Summary of Impacts (Download pdf)
  • School Update - April 2015 (Download pdf)
  • 4th quarter Media Report (Download pdf)
  • What's Happening at Vet Med? (Download pdf)
  • School Update - January 2015 (Download pdf)

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Update - December 2014 (Download pdf)

  • Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology Program Update – November 2014 (Download pdf)
  • ANR Report - October 2014 - (pdf) (Download pdf)
  • 2014 Q3 Media Report—Summary of Impacts (pdf) (Download pdf)
  • School Update - October 2014 (pdf) (Download pdf)
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities – June 2014 (Download pdf)
  • Branding Policy (Download pdf)
  • School Update - June 2014 (pdf) 
  • Vet Med News 
  • VMTH Heartbeat – e-newsletter for referring veterinarians Download pdf
  • Dedicated to discoveryDownload pdf
  • Media Report Oct-Dec 2013 Download pdf
Past Actions
  • SVM Media Report – April-June 2014 (Download pdf)
  • SVM Media Report April - June 2012 (pdf)
  • SVM Strategic Communication and Targeted Marketing Plan (pdf)
  • Strategic Communications

    In support of our goals to communicate broadly and strategically on our programs we have developed a number of “Impact Sheets” on the achievements of our school-wide community. The school’s leadership, development and communications teams are already using this information to promote specific topics and programs to donors and friends. So far we have prepared and posted 20+ Impact Sheets on topics ranging from Food Animal Health, Nutrition, Clinical Trials, Cancer, Autism, Aquatic Toxicology and many more. We will continue to build out this site and currently have several more in progress (Equine, Companion Animal, Wildlife, Genetics and an updated SVM Distinctions). Feel free to utilize these Impact Sheets when promoting the School. link
  • Open Communications
    The national dialogue related to veterinary graduate employment opportunities, salaries and student debt recently included a survey from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), an article in the New York Times, and an open letter to the veterinary medical community from AAVMC President Deborah Kochever. As a leader in the profession, it’s important that we discuss these issues, continue to address them at the local level, and communicate broadly with our colleagues, students and constituents to promote open exchange. These documents and our efforts to support our students are available on our web site at link
  • Communication Metrics
    In support of our goal to enhance school public relations and marketing efforts, the SVM News Network group invited Lindsay Hardy, Web Communications Manager for the Graduate School of Management, to their March meeting. Lindsay discussed the metrics and measurements used by GSM to assess their marketing and advertising campaigns. Their goals are to: Promote Branding, Engagement, and Recognition of GSM as a Thought Leader, and to drive traffic to the website. They use Facebook Insights, Klout, and Google Analytics as primary measurements of their social media and electronic advertising campaigns. GSM currently has 1,800 Facebook Followers (SVM = 8,198) and an annual advertising/marketing budget of $120,000.
  • Progress Report – June 2013 – Marketing, Branding and Public Relations Download pdf
  • Enhanced Communications
    In support of our public relations/communications efforts (5.3.) our Communications Team has developed a new look to the front page of our web site. In addition to highlighting our animal, human and environmental health missions, we have expanded our visual presentation with pictures that tie into additional news and activities around the school. The format allows us to feature more units, activities and achievements on this page and the structure allows us to move “the blocks” around easily to keep the page fresh and interesting to our viewers. On average the School’s web site is viewed by 53,000 visitors each month, of which 34,000 are unique visitors--meaning we have many repeat visitors during the month. Our viewers are clicking through to view a total of 139,000 pages/month. The average visitor is on our site for 2.37 minutes. The VMTH site is viewed by 14,000 visitors each month of which 10,000 are unique viewers, who access a total of 40,000 page views. Over the course of a year our web site is a major tool for us to promote our programs and expertise. Many thanks to John Gardiner, Trina Wood and the rest of the communications team for their on-going efforts on our web site!
  • SVM Communications Council Download PDF