UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Extension Specialist cover the state and country offering their unique perspecives to emerging animal and environmental health issues. Here are upcoming and past presentations.
Poultry and Food Safety
Maurice Piteski, Ph.D., Veterinary Medicine Extension, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis
This presentation was purposely scheduled after the Tour de Cluck to provide answers to individuals who are potentially planning a backyard chicken experience. Participants were encouraged to bring questions and ideas to explore with professionals in the field. Dr. Piteski provided practical information about poultry health, with implications for human health. Topics included diagnosis, treatment and prevention of common diseases of chickens, as well as food safety. In addition, poultry resources at UC Davis helpful for backyard flock owners was highlighted. Anyone with backyard birds or with an interest in backyard birds should find this presentation useful.
Water Quality/Food Safety
Rob Atwill, Ph.D., Veterinary Medicine Extension, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis
Drs. Rob Atwill and Bruce Hoar gave a food safety update to the Sheep and Goat Advisory Committee meeting, California Farm Bureau Federation, March 13, in Sacramento, California. It was a good chance for the sheep industry and individual ranchers to ask questions about the food safety risks incurred when sheep graze a produce field following harvest, and strategies to mitigate those risks in light of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.
Abstract: Microbial pollution continues to be a primary topic of water quality and food safety concern in California’s diverse watersheds. Within these watersheds, working rangelands are a critical source of drinking and irrigation water while also supporting the state’s multi-billion dollar livestock industry. Rob will discuss the latest research from across California examining sources and mitigation practices for pathogens such as E. coli O157:H7, Cryptosporidium parvum, and Salmonella. Recent research on the prevalence of these pathogens in wildlife and livestock will be shared. Practical management strategies to protect water and crops, and achieve livestock production goals will also be illustrated.
Carolyn Stull, Ph.D., Veterinary Medicine Extension, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis
The Equine Science Center aims to promote equine science education and advance its mission of better horse care through research and education by offering online learning opportunities such as a this webinar series.