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El Blanco Award Honors Helpful Clients

March 31, 2011

March 31, 2011

The School of Veterinary Medicine has honored a dairying family and a couple interested in equine health with the 2010 and 2011 El Blanco Awards.

The purpose of this award is to recognize the significant contributions that animal owners and other benefactors have made to clinical veterinary medicine through presentation of their afflicted animals for clinical studies, by offering hypotheses and evaluations of therapy, and by providing support for clinicians at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital to pursue novel diagnostic or therapeutic methods.

Rancho Teresita Dairy Receives 2010 El Blanco Award from UC Davis

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Long-time clients of the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center (VMTRC), Cornell and Teri Kasbergen of Rancho Teresita dairy, have received the 2010 El Blanco Award from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine for ongoing contributions to the school's teaching mission and for their role in promoting important advances in animal health and well-being.

The Kasbergens were nominated for the award by Terry Lehenbauer, DVM, associate director of the Tulare center, who notes, "Rancho Teresita is valued as one of the most significant dairy herd clients and research collaborators of the VMTRC." The Kasbergens are one of about ten dairy producers in the region who receive clinical services from Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center faculty and provide teaching opportunities to School of Veterinary Medicine students and others.

Twice-weekly scheduled herd examinations have provided outstanding opportunities for fourth-year veterinary students to learn clinical skills and gain the knowledge in reproductive and transition cow health management that veterinary graduates must demonstrate. Veterinary residents based in Tulare also benefit from proximity to Rancho Teresita, where they receive advanced training, research opportunities and specialized experience in dairy production medicine.

Among the most progressive large-scale dairies in the United States since 1989, the Rancho Teresita dairy has also participated with the center's faculty in a multitude of research projects and clinical investigations, including the following examples:


    * Role of colostrum in calf health and colostrum replacer research
    * Efficacy of feed additives
    * Evaluation of new pregnancy diagnostic techniques and timed reproductive protocols
    * Transition cow health
    * Conductive cooling technology for dairy cow heat stress
    * Dry cow mastitis prevention therapy


Dick and Carolyn Randall Honored with 2011 El Blanco Award

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Dick and Carolyn Randall have received the 2011 El Blanco Award for their ongoing support of the school's research mission and for their role in promoting important advances in equine health and well-being.

The Center for Equine Health and faculty of the Regenerative Medicine Group nominated the Randalls for their vision and commitment to the establishment of a long-term stem cell research program that stands to benefit companion and performance animals.

A group of 20 faculty members based in the Center for Equine Health promotes research using stem cell technologyfor the enhancement of bone healing in small animals and horses. Over the past two years, the program has expanded to include potential applications of regenerative medicine in humans. The original areas of research were orthopedic disorders such as bone fractures, tendon and ligament injuries, degenerative joint disease and developmental bone disease, with early experiments on the techniques and safety of stem cell collection, processing and delivery.

The Randalls, owners of many horses that perform in races and reining events, have been clients of the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital for more than a decade. First, the Randalls have donated significant financial support for the fledgling research program and a specialized laboratory, which has led to the promotion and expansion of the program's scope in a short time. The couple has also donated eight horses for experimental application of stem cell procedures and have brought animals to the teaching hospital for therapy. One horse that had sustained a severe fracture received a new stem cell treatment that is believed to have healed a difficult injury in record time. Gregory Ferraro The willingness of the Randalls to allow the school's research team to use novel therapies on naturally occurring injuries has enhanced the translation of regenerative medicine techniques to clinical practice.   

The Kasbergens and Randalls received their awards March 30 from Bennie Osburn, dean of the school, at a luncheon event in Davis.

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, celebrating World Veterinary Year, the 250th anniversary of the establishment of the first veterinary school in Lyon, France, serves California with teaching, research and service programs benefiting animal health, public health and environmental health.


Dr. Terry Lehenbauer, Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center, 559-688-1731,

Lynn Narlesky, Dean's Office, 530-752-5257, .