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Dr. David Wilson addresses a capacity crowd at the 36th Annual Gerald V. Ling House Officer Seminar Day.

Every spring, the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital hosts the Gerald V. Ling House Officer Seminar Day. This past March saw the 36th annual installment of the day-long event, featuring short presentations of research findings from each house officer (resident, fellow and intern) to fellow house officers, faculty, staff, students and guests. 

Having the ability to do research is a major advantage of doing a residency at the VMTH. As the hospital with the largest and most diverse residency program in the country, the VMTH is able to offer research opportunities not available elsewhere. This year saw 41 residents present 44 research studies covering an huge breadth of topics including anesthetic protocols for a wide range of domestic and wildlife species, inherited brain defects in cats, CPR techniques in pets, diagnosis of chronic cough in dogs, urinary tract infection in dogs, monitoring systems in animal shelters, potential zoonotic disease on fish farms, stem cells to treat injuries in horses, diagnostic imaging techniques, dental disease in horses, clinical pharmacology of antibiotics and analgesics in livestock and wildlife, and many more.
“The house officers raised the bar yet again,” said Dr. David Wilson, director of the VMTH. “The quality of this year’s presentations was outstanding and made the task of the judges extremely difficult.”

All the presenters deserve to be recognized but, in the end, the judges could honor only six with awards:

Dr. Krista KellerOutstanding Avian, Exotics, Lab Animal or Poultry Research Study and Presentation
Dr. Jamie PruttonChris Smith Award for Outstanding Equine Research Study and Presentation
Dr. Kristopher FloresOutstanding Large Animal Research Study and Presentation
Dr. Andrew BurtonGerald V. Ling Award for Outstanding Small Animal Research Study and Presentation
Dr. Brian LeonardOutstanding Small Animal Research Study and Presentation
Dr. Bing Yun ZhuOutstanding Small Animal Research Study and Presentation

“I would like to thank the House Officer Seminar Day Planning Committee, chaired by Dr. Kate Hopper and comprising Drs. Barbara Byrne, Alonso Guedes, Sarah le Jeune and Katherine Skorupski, as well as Drs. Claudia Sonder, Sharon Spier, Matt Mellema, and Bill Vernau who acted as moderators and joined the HOSD Committee on the judging team,” added Dr. Wilson. “The day would not have been possible without the support of our educational partners, Idexx Laboratories, Nestle Purina Pet Care, Zoetis and our own Dr. Peter Moore, and nothing would have happened without the incredible organizational efforts of Jan Harlan and many other VMTH staff.”

About the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis—a unit of the School of Veterinary Medicine—provides state-of-the-art clinical care while serving as the primary clinical teaching experience for DVM students and post graduate veterinarian residents. The VMTH treats more than 45,000 animals a year, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, cows and exotic species. To learn more about the VMTH, please go to Timely news updates can be received on its Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

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