Vet Med News

UC Davis Goat Day 2018

Jan 12,2018

Goat owners, producers, veterinarians, students, and 4-H and FFA goat-project youths are encouraged to attend UC Davis Goat Day on January 20.

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Horses and Humans, Bonded Through Botulism

Jan 11,2018

Last month, a 1,400-pound horse named John competed with speed and style at the World Series of Team Roping in Las Vegas. Fourteen months earlier, John couldn’t even stand without the help of six handlers and a sling.

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UC Davis Offers Warm Welcome to Puerto Rican Scholars 

Jan 9,2018

Dr. Lilian Cruz-Orengo, assistant professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine and a Puerto Rican herself, looks forward to sharing traditional Puerto Rican dishes with two doctoral students arriving soon from Puerto Rico. She will host one in her home and her lab.

 

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Humane Society Celebrates its 'Model' Achievement

Jan 9,2018

Staff at Humane Society Silicon Valley officially celebrated Jan. 4 after being named the world’s first model shelter late last year. The organization achieved model shelter status by demonstrating and documenting that it meets all 543 “must, should and ideal” guidelines developed by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. Dr. Kate Hurley, director of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis, is one of 14 association members who developed the guidelines.

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Healing Burned Paws With Fish Skin

Jan 9,2018

A UC Davis veterinarian is treating a burned mountain lion cub with fish skin bandages, which speed up the healing process.

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Fish Skin Helps Save Mountain Lion Burned in Wildfire

Jan 9,2018

Veterinarians have completed an unusual procedure by using fish skin to heal a mountain lion injured in a wildfire.

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Researchers Find Mutations Behind 'Tiger Eye' in Paso Finos

Jan 8,2018

Coat color can affect eye function, as we’ve seen with some Appaloosas and horses with silver dapples. But, fortunately, genetics researchers have learned that an unusual eye color in Paso Finos seems to have no association with eye abnormalities.

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Anonymous Donor Pays for Shelter Dog’s Cataract Surgery

Jan 8,2018

Bentley, an approximately 6-year-old male Maltese mix, was brought to the UC Davis veterinary hospital by the Underdog Animal Rescue after they saved him from a potentially non-adoptive situation (and facing euthanasia) at a county shelter. While at the shelter, Bentley was diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes by the county’s veterinarian. His foster mom reported he was able to see shadows and get around the house reasonably well, but would occasionally bump into things if the furniture was moved or things were out of place. She also believed him to be deaf, as he has never responded to his name or any type of noise. To improve Bentley’s quality of life and to give him the best chance for adoption, she decided to bring him to the ophthalmology specialists at UC Davis.

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UC Davis Veterinarian Sees Some of the World's Most Exotic Patients

Jan 7,2018

UC Davis veterinarian Dr. Jenessa Gjeltema opened her 7:30 a.m. staff meeting with a rundown of the day’s patients: an armadillo, a tarantula, a Western pond turtle, a thick-billed parrot, a flamingo, a baby bongo and a Wolf’s guenon monkey.

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Poisoned Pets, Preemie Foals, Dogs with Spina Bifida: UC Davis' Top-ranked Vets See Them All

Jan 7,2018

You never know what will come through the doors of the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, a showcase of pioneering therapies, advanced technologies and elite researchers.

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Are Puppies of Aggressive Dogs at Higher Risk of Having the Same Temperament?

Jan 5,2018

To find answers to an aggressive dog story, ABC10 reached out to Dr. Melissa Bain, a professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine who specializes in researching dog and cat behavior.

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Mentoring Future Colleagues

Jan 3,2018

Volunteer leadership is critical to the success of Student AVMA chapters, and each of the 37 university chapters has at least two AVMA members volunteering as faculty advisers.

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Mountain Lion Cub Rescued from Thomas Fire 'Doing Well'

Dec 29,2017

A young mountain lion cub with burned paws is doing well after being rescued from the Thomas Fire in Ventura County.

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UC Davis Veterinarians Return Rescued Koi Fish

Dec 23,2017

During the Napa area fires in October 2017, the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team rescued 3 dozen koi fish from abandoned or burned homes. They were taken care of at the UC Davis Center for Aquatic Biology and Aquaculture. On December 19, some of those fish returned home.

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Little Research Available on Wildfire Smoke Toxicity

Dec 20,2017

Burning and watery eyes, sandpaper-dry throat, tight chest and a wheezing cough: Even if you haven’t been in the midst of a wildfire, chances are you’ve been close enough to feel the effects that may last for several days, depending on the size of the fire. But what are the long-term impacts of wildfire smoke — not only for humans, but animals as well?

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Two Dogs in Rural Virginia Mauled Their Owner to Death, Authorities Say. But Why?

Dec 20,2017

Recently, a young woman in Virginia was mauled to death by her dogs. UC Davis veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Liz Stelow, weighs in to the Washington Post as to why this may have happened.

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Koi Rescued From Ponds During October Fires Brought Back Home

Dec 19,2017

An unusual rescue involving dozens of koi fish during October’s wildfires led to a joyful reunion in time for the holidays.

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Enhanced Natural Killer Cells Attack Solid Tumors

Dec 19,2017

Human and veterinary researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that enhanced natural killer (NK) immune cells, combined with radiation therapy, can be effective against spontaneous osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in dogs. The research showed these NK cells homed in on cancer and reduced metastasis in the treated dogs, offering a potential immunotherapy against solid tumors.

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Farrier Daisy Bicking & Dr. Nicholas Frank to Headline 32nd Annual Heumphreus Lecture

Dec 18,2017

The 32nd Annual Charles Heumphreus Memorial Lecture will take place February 3, 2018 at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM). This year’s event features Farrier Daisy Bicking, founder of Daisy Haven Farm: School of Integrative Hoofcare, and Dr. Nicholas Frank, professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Farriers and equine veterinarians are invited to attend the event, which takes place from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Morning lectures will be in Schalm Hall on the SVM campus, and the afternoon shoeing demonstration will be in the Large Animal Clinic’s covered arena.

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Veterinarians at UC Davis Using Facial Recognition to Identify Pain in Animals

Dec 15,2017

Animals are just as expressive as humans. But unlike people, when they feel pain, they can't just say it. That's why a group of veterinarians and computer scientists from UC Davis are part of a team of researchers trying to use facial recognition to identify pain in animals.

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Can We Predict the Next Big Pandemic? 

Dec 13,2017

As humans increasingly encroach on wildlife territory and increasingly travel long distances in short times, the threat of zoonotic pandemics is growing. At the same time, so are efforts to prevent or curtail them.

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Second year DVM Student Also Avid Bird Photographer 

Dec 13,2017

UC Davis second-year veterinary medicine student Shakuntala (Shak) Makhijani has always loved nature and animals, but only recently has she started producing breathtaking photos of hummingbirds in their natural habitat at the UC Davis Hummingbird GATEway Garden.

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Guidelines for Horses Exposed to Wildfire Smoke

Dec 13,2017

The severe fires throughout California over the past three months have exposed humans and animals to unhealthy air containing wildfire smoke and particulates. These particulates can build up in the respiratory system, causing a number of health problems including burning eyes, runny noses and illnesses such as bronchitis. They can also aggravate heart and lung diseases such as congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema and asthma. Because little information is available to horse owners and even equine veterinarians on the effects on horses of breathing air laden with particulates, UC Davis equine specialists are offering these suggestions to serve as a general guide.

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Specialized Diet Helps Dog Manage Chronic Kidney Disease

Dec 11,2017

Niya, 15-year-old female Keeshond, was battling urinary tract infections and incontinence, and her medication was decreasing her appetite, so her primary veterinarian in Maryland thought that help from a specialist was warranted. Around that time, Niya’s owners, Debora and Chris Luther, were planning a trip to California to see family. The Luthers were very familiar with the UC Davis veterinary hospital—Debora graduated from UC Davis in 1977, and Chris grew up in Davis with his mother Linda having worked at the university for many years—so they decided to bring Niya with them to California and have her examined by specialists at UC Davis.

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'An Unprecedented Loss of Life': The Grim Toll of Southland Fires on Animals Born to Run

Dec 9,2017

The evacuation of San Luis Rey Downs was orderly at first. Trainers at the 500-stall facility for racehorses in northern San Diego County led thoroughbreds from the stables into trailers or onto a nearby racetrack.

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UC Davis Veterinarians Warn of Poisonous Mushrooms

Dec 8,2017

Veterinarians at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine are warning pet owners to be aware of Amanita mushroom intoxication. The Amanita phalloides version, commonly known as the death cap mushroom, is extremely toxic to animals (and humans).

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Memorial Tribute to Dr. Jack Walther (’63) 

Dec 4,2017

We're sad to announce the death of our good friend and alum Dr. Jack Walther, DVM '63, on November 29th. The family has arranged for the funeral and a Celebration of Life.

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Taking the World’s Best Veterinary Care to the Next Level

Nov 30,2017

UC Davis recently announced plans to raise $115 million in philanthropic support to update and improve three critical areas of the veterinary hospital: the Livestock and Field Service Center, the Equine Performance Center and the All-Species Imaging Center. This campaign, called “Leading the Way,” marks the first phase in a long-term plan to transform the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital into the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Center.

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School of Veterinary Medicine Steps Up During Wildfires

Nov 30,2017

For nearly a month this fall, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) helped rescue and save animals injured and/or displaced by the California wildfires that ravaged much of the Napa Valley area. Whether it was performing search and rescue missions in the fire zones, aiding at evacuation centers, or caring for hospitalized animals, the SVM played a major role in helping the animals of Northern California.

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A New Spring in Her Step

Nov 30,2017

Animals suffer many of the same ailments that people do—including mastitis, a painful infection of the mammary glands. When Spring, a 12-year-old Nubian goat, began acting lethargic, lost her appetite and appeared to have a swollen udder this past May, the Sillis family grew concerned. Spring had been part of the family since she was born and raised on their property as part of daughter Claire’s 4H project.

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Welcome Packet

Photo: Welcome Packet

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.