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State of the School Address 2014

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Dean Lairmore credited the VMTH Staff with providing quality customer service daily.

June 12, 2014

Looking back at an academic year during his annual “State of the School” address, Dean Michael Lairmore praised the wide array of teams at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Together they continue to improve the health of animals, people and the environment—through excellent teaching, ground-breaking research in the lab and field, implementing One Health projects, and developing innovative clinical treatments to name a few. 

In honor of his exceptional teaching, Matthew Mellema - assistant professor of emergency and critical care - received the 2013 Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association. He is known on the campus by fellow faculty and students alike for his enthusiasm, effectiveness, wonderful sense of humor and overall investment in didactic teaching and curriculum development. This national recognition of teaching excellence at the school helps to attract the best and brightest students and trainees.  

Once students are at UC Davis, they benefit from the support of a new Career, Leadership and Wellness Center. Students can choose from services such as career counseling, resume critiques, mock interviews, professional development workshops and the annual Career Night. There is also a new electronic job board where prospective employers can post openings for graduating students.

UC Davis continues to lead the nation in high-impact, trans-disciplinary research. For the fifth straight year, the school was ranked first among all veterinary schools in the U.S. in terms of National Institutes of Health funding. Of the annual research budget of more than $65 million this past year, $26.5 million came from the NIH. 

Students for One Health received national recognition for their efforts in Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, and the newly established Knight’s Landing One Health Clinic that serves a largely agricultural community just 30 miles from campus. Three of four poster awards given by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges Conference on One Health went to UC Davis veterinary students.

Technological innovations at the school’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital have led to novel treatments that save lives, reduce recovery time and offer greater accuracy in treatment. With the installation of a new TrueBeam Linear Accelerator, veterinary oncologists can offer patients unparalleled precision in radiation oncology, faster treatment techniques, better tumor localization and increased safety.

The school’s Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials is off to a running start with more than 90 studies now underway in 10 services and three species, including: degenerative disk disease in the French bulldog, pain management of osteoarthritis in cats, and recurrent uveitis in horses.