Vet Med News

Million Cat Challenge Reaches Goal Early!

May 22,2018

The Million Cat Challenge has reached its goal of saving a million shelter cats in five years--a year ahead of schedule. After more than 1,000 animal shelters in North America joined forces to save the animals, the campaign announced last week that it has exceeded that number just four years after the campaign’s launch. 

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Virulent Newcastle Disease Outbreak Info and Resources

May 21,2018

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has identified a case of Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) in a small flock of backyard exhibition chickens in Los Angeles County. The case was detected at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory (CAHFS) when a private practitioner submitted a sick bird for testing. Here are some resources for chicken owners to follow good biosecurity practices.

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Some Calories More Harmful Than Others

May 15,2018

While calories from any food have the potential to increase the risk of obesity and other cardiometabolic diseases, 22 nutrition researchers agree that sugar-sweetened beverages play a unique role in chronic health problems. The disease risk increases even when the beverages are consumed within diets that do not result in weight gain.

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UC Davis Becomes Only Veterinary Hospital in the World with a Volumetric PET Scanner

May 10,2018

In May, the UC Davis veterinary hospital started imaging patients on a new PET/CT scanner known as the Mini Explorer II. This advanced imaging system, the first of its kind in the world, is designed to provide veterinarians with both anatomic and physiologic information.

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Celebrating the 2018 El Blanco Award Recipients

May 9,2018

The School of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce that the 2018 El Blanco Award recipients are: Tom and Julie Atwood, and the DMARLOU Foundation in memory of Dorothy & Martell Kaliski. This award recognizes significant contributions that animal owners and other benefactors have made to clinical veterinary medicine by presenting afflicted animals for clinical studies, offering hypotheses and evaluations of therapy, and supporting clinicians at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) who pursue novel diagnostic or therapeutic methods.

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Congratulations to Our New Phi Zeta Society Members!

May 8,2018

At an induction ceremony held May 1st, the prestigious Society of Phi Zeta, Lambda Chapter, welcomed 35 new members (20 seniors/15 juniors). Phi Zeta is the honor society of veterinary medicine which recognizes the scholastic achievement of junior and senior students and recent veterinary graduates. The society’s objective is to recognize and promote scholarship and research in matters pertaining to the welfare and diseases of animals.

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Dean Michael Lairmore Appointed to NIH Council of Councils

May 8,2018

Dean Michael Lairmore has been appointed to a prestigious five-year term on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Council of Councils. He will join the group of other scientists in the first meeting of newly appointed members next week.

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Dr. Lillian Cruz-Orengo Honored With Campus Creativity-Innovation Award for 2018

May 8,2018

UC Davis this year is giving not one but two Early Career Faculty Awards for Creativity and Innovation. The recipients each receive $40,000 to support their research proposals. Dr. Lillian Cruz-Orengo was selected as one of the recipients. This is the second round of this award program, funded by an endowment from anonymous donors. The fund provides one award per year to a nontenured, ladder-track member of the UC Davis faculty — an up-and-coming faculty member who exhibits great promise as a creator and innovator in his or her research.

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AVMA Offers ‘The Role of Veterinarians in One Health’ Webinar

May 7,2018

The AVMA Veterinary Career Center will explore One Health and the roles that veterinarians can play in advancing the movement during an upcoming webinar, The Role of Veterinarians in One Health.

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Dr. Temple Grandin Visits Vet Med

May 7,2018

Nearly 200 people (primarily in person and some via the online webinar) had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Temple Grandin and other dynamic speakers at the April 28th Continuing Education event for the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine focused on “Translational Discoveries at Birth and End of Life.” Many in attendance were veterinarians, others had various animal science backgrounds, and many were just interested in animal welfare. 

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Successful Cancer Clinical Trial at UC Davis Extends Dog’s Life

May 5,2018

Boone, a 9-year-old male greater Swiss mountain dog, was previously diagnosed with stage 3 malignant oral melanoma based on the size of the tumor and spread of the tumor to his lymph nodes. His owner, Danae Unti, decided to bring him to the cancer specialists at the UC Davis veterinary hospital for further evaluation after their local veterinary oncologist suggested they seek further care at the university.

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New Report Shows How Unprepared We Are to Fight Tick- and Mosquito-Borne Diseases

May 4,2018

Diseases carried by insect “vectors” such as ticks, fleas, and mosquitos are on the rise in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this week that cases of vector-borne diseases tripled from 2004 to 2016. And over that time period, as global travel has increased, eight new diseases have emerged here, including Zika and chikungunya.

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UC Davis Offers a DNA Test for Haflingers to Identify Individuals with High Risk for Limbal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

May 4,2018

Some eye diseases in horses might be genetically linked, as for example limbal squamous cell carcinoma in Haflingers. UC Davis is currently offering a DNA test for Haflingers to identify individuals with high risk and to apply this information to breeding programs to help nullify the genetic mutation.

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Fish-skin Dressings Used on Acid-attack Pony in Pioneering Surgery

May 2,2018

A pony which was left with extensive facial burns in a suspected acid attack has undergone pioneering surgery at a Yorkshire horse hospital. Now, in a world first on a horse, vets have applied dressings made from the skin of tilapia fish to the wounds. Tilapia dressings were first used on human patients last year by doctors in Brazil looking for cost-effective methods of treating burns and California vet Jamie Peyton, of the University of California Davis, had adapted the process for animals.

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UC Davis Veterinarian Helps Save Burned Horse in England (BBC VIDEO)

May 2,2018

UC Davis veterinarian Dr. Jamie Peyton traveled to England to treat a badly burned foal with an innovative wound care technique using tilapia skin bandages.

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UC Davis Hosts Successful Renal Week

May 1,2018

From March 19-24, 2018, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM)—in partnership with the International Renal Interest Society—hosted IRIS Renal Week. This six-day seminar offered up to 40 hours of continuing education credits to veterinary professionals. The event was held in two parts: two days of Hemodialysis Boot Camp and four days of the Renal Week sessions.

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A Deadly Strain of Equine Herpes Virus

Apr 27,2018

Any time a large group of horses gather in one place, there is a chance for a viral outbreak. Even seemingly healthy horses can become stressed by the situation and shed whatever virus they may be harboring. One in particular that has affected a multitude of shows and facilities in the past decade is a neurological strain of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) known as equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM).

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How Salad Became a Major Source of Food Poisoning in the U.S.

Apr 26,2018

CDC officials, along with the FDA, are still searching for the source of E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce, which has sickened 84 people across 19 states over the past two weeks. But in reality, we should probably be a little wary of lettuce all the time — not just when there’s a big E. coli outbreak. As sales of precut and bagged greens have boomed, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: they’re now one of the most common sources of food poisoning in the US.

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California Raptor Center Spring Open House on May 5th

Apr 23,2018

Come visit Wes and Ash, the newest western screech owl ambassadors, at the California Raptor Center’s (CRC) Open House on Saturday, May 5th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many of the other resident ambassador birds will be on the glove for a closer look with volunteers ready to answer all of your questions about raptors.

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New Flight for Old Feathers 

Apr 23,2018

When a red-tailed hawk with six broken feathers was brought to the California Raptor Center, veterinarians knew they would need some old feathers and an old technique to heal the raptor. This method worked so well the hawk was able to be released back into the wild later that day. Using old feathers that had been carefully stored and preserved, the center was able to imp the bird. Imping involves cutting away most of the broken feather on the bird, inserting a small wood rod in the hollow shaft of the feather, then attaching the preserved feather.

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Pet Perks Create Happier Workplaces for Dogs and Humans

Apr 21,2018

Many companies are allowing their employees to bring their dogs to work. Although your dog might love getting the chance to spend more time with you, not every pooch will enjoy the office atmosphere.

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UC Davis Study Examining Wildfire Effect on Backyard Chicken Eggs

Apr 19,2018

Could eggs from backyard chickens be contaminated? It’s a question some researchers at UC Davis are now asking after devastating wildfires hit parts of Northern California last year.

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Evening of Gratitude 2018

Apr 19,2018

The school held its annual Evening of Gratitude dinner on April 18th, a special occasion that brings together scholarship donors and student recipients to celebrate the power of philanthropy. Students received $6.7 million in total support from scholarships and grants this year, thanks to the generosity of individual, association and corporate donors who make these new and continuing awards possible.

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Researchers Review Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy Potential

Apr 18,2018

In a review published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, Jessica M. Quimby, DVM, Ph.D., DACVIM, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University, and Dori L. Borjesson, DVM, MPVM, Ph.D., Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures at the University of California, Davis, consider both the current and potential clinical applications of mesenchymal stem cell therapy in cats.

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EPM in Horses: What We Know about This Equine Neurologic Disease and Where the Research is Headed

Apr 13,2018

Dr. Nicola Pusterla and other leading EPM researchers talk to The Horse magazine about this debilitating equine neurologic disease.

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UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Partners with Athletics to Form New Intercollegiate Equestrian Team

Apr 13,2018

Considered an emerging sport by the NCAA, the UC Davis equestrian team will compete nationally against other large public schools like Fresno State, Georgia, and Texas A&M. A unique aspect of the equestrian team will be its partnership with the School of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences – both regarded as world-leaders in teaching and research in their respective fields.

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Researchers Find Doubling Shelter Cats’ Space Radically Reduces Upper Respiratory Disease

Apr 12,2018

Feline upper respiratory infection in shelter cats can be dramatically decreased by doubling cage sizes and providing cats with two compartments, reported Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers at the University of California, Davis.

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Dog Loses Lung To Foxtail

Apr 12,2018

UC Davis veterinarians have issued a warning for pet owners after a local dog had a brush with a dangerous plant.

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Health Advances for Labs

Apr 11,2018

 Dr. Jonathan Dear talks with Just Labs magazine about health advances for Labrador retrievers, in particular copper storage disease. If detected early, veterinarian teams can work with owners to manage it.

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Global Project Aims to Identify Viral Threats

Apr 11,2018

A 10-year virus identification project starting this year could identify most viruses with potential to cause disease in humans.

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Welcome Packet

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For visitors, new faculty and staff, and new or prospective students we’ve identified some general information pieces and web links to provide you with a quick introduction to some of our major programs and activities.