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Health Threats to Endangered Sea Otters

June 25, 2012

In this "Health Watch" news broadcast from KPIX/CBS San Francisco, Dr. Kim Mulvihill reports on a team of veterinarians who are uncovering some of the reasons that the endangered Southern sea otter population is in decline.

Many factors are involved in the sea otter's plight that shed light on the overall health of the California coast.

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Karen Shapiro, DVM 2002, PhD 2009, MPVM 2011, who also contributes to this report, is on the research faculty of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology.

Melissa Miller, DVM 1994 residency/anatomic pathology, PhD/comparative pathology 2002, is a key member of the team analyzing sea otters. She is affiliated with the school's Wildlife Health Center.

Both alumnae studied the transmission of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite as graduate students in the laboratory of Patricia Conrad, professor of parasitology. 


More about sea otter research at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.