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
  • 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 discovery Download 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. http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu. 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