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William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital

The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH), located in the Health Sciences Complex, serves as the primary clinical teaching setting for professional veterinary students and residents. It also serves the public by offering high quality clinical veterinary services to more than 30,000 patients each year—from the family cat or dog to exotic birds, fish and livestock. Hospital cases support the school’s teaching and research programs, while clinical faculty provide the highest quality medical, surgical and diagnostic skills.

The VMTH houses the Community Practice service comprised of two collaborating programs: Community Medicine and Community Surgery. The combined mission of the two programs is to provide high-quality, compassionate veterinary care as the primary care provider from the time the pet joins the family through all stages of life. Community Medicine focuses on wellness care and disease prevention or management. They emphasize appropriate vaccinations, parasite control, proper nutrition, and behavioral tools to enhance and maintain the human-animal bond. Community Surgery focuses on spaying and neutering and other general surgical procedures such as removing bladder stones, closing lacerations, and removing skin masses.

Community Practice is an excellent learning environment for the senior veterinary students as it provides primary care for the local community focuseing on wellness and disease prevention. Community Practice can be contacted at (530) 752-9811.