UC Davis Veterinary Medicine News Special Edition, Fall 1998

A Wise Investment in a Vital Profession

Veterinary medicine serves the health and well-being not only of animals, but also of people and the environment.

Below are many examples of how the veterinary profession and the school's teaching, research and public service programs have become increasingly important, both locally and globally:

The veterinary profession and UC Davis deliver many direct services to Californians:

• Thirty-three million Californians have access to outstanding animal care services at local animal clinics all across the state.

• The school's Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital provides referral services to veterinarians and serves more than 30,000 large and small animals each year.

• Livestock, horses, wildlife, zoo animals and companion animals in California and elsewhere benefit from the latest discoveries in animal health.

• Technology transfer and practical information on animal vaccines, treatments and disease prevention strategies reach the agricultural community through a network of faculty and staff throughout the state.

• Veterinary professionals hire UC Davis students—the school's DVM placement rate is 100 percent—who consistently score above the national average on certification exams.

In 1997, UC Davis was rated the No. 1 institution of veterinary medicine by US News & World Report.

• Graduates bring to their jobs the latest diagnostic, treatment and prevention techniques.

• Students receive one of the most affordable research-based veterinary educations available today. While the DVM is the primary degree offered by the school, graduates may undertake advanced degrees (Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine, MS and PhD) or focus on training in more than twenty disciplines in the largest and most diverse residency program in the world.

• Practitioners have access to comprehensive continuing education in order to help them keep pace with rapidly changing knowledge.

• Federal and regional food, drug, agricultural and environmental agencies utilize the scientific information generated by veterinary research at UC Davis.

• Biotechnology firms call upon specialists in veterinary research to carry out clinical safety trials, make advances in genetic therapies, and provide the basic scientific underpinning for applied research.

• Everyone receives the dividends of research dedicated to managing and curing diseases that afflict animals and humans.

UC Davis serves the health of all California food animals, horses, companion animals, wildlife and our environment:

• The 21-facility Oiled Wildlife Care Network provides for rescue and rehabilitation of marine animals and birds affected by oil spill events along the California coastline.

• The Fish Health Service conducts studies for the California Department of Fish and Game to protect state fisheries and wild fish species, especially trout and salmon.

• In 1997, the five laboratories of the California Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System, in cooperation with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, conducted 1.8 million tests on cattle, poultry and other food animals to ensure food safety, control of zoonotic diseases and preservation of animal well-being.

• UC Davis educates more graduate students in a greater number of biomedical fields than any other veterinary school.

• Twenty percent of the nation's board-certified veterinary pathologists have been educated at UC Davis.

• Use of the J-5 vaccine against E. coli, developed by faculty researchers of the Dairy Food Safety Laboratory, saves California dairy producers an estimated $11­24 million each year.

• The Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory analyzes water samples for state and regional water agencies and collects data on how chemicals affect the growth and development of various organisms that live in our waterways.

• Veterinary Medicine Extension serves all 58 counties by linking veterinary researchers with county farm advisors, practicing veterinarians, animal producers and consumers. Extension specialists provide teaching, research and service programs on disease prevention, production quality control, biotechnology, food safety and animal well-being.

UC Davis is the only public school of veterinary medicine in this huge state--California's $6.2 billion food animal products economy ranks among the top ten countries in the world.

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is focusing on these increasingly important areas:

• Comparative medical research to find causes and cures for animal and human diseases.

• Food animal productivity and the well-being of livestock and poultry.

• Animal well-being—care for companion, show, service, and competitive animals; the human-animal bond.

• Public health—inspection of food products, on-farm food safety, and protection from zoonotic diseases.

• Wildlife and environmental health—animal conservation and preservation of animal biodiversity.

• Global trade—protection of animals from emerging and foreign animal diseases.

• Animal alternatives in teaching and research.

The 50th Anniversary Campaign offers opportunities to inform Californians about the broad scope of veterinary medicine and health issues.

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