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Hospital Welcomes New Leadership

October 28, 2015

Dr. Jane Sykes, BVSc (Hons), PhD, DACVIM and Dr. Kate Hopper, BVSc, MVS, PhD, DACVECC

Dr. Jane Sykes, BVSc (Hons), PhD, DACVIM and Dr. Kate Hopper, BVSc, MVS, PhD, DACVECC

With the departure of Dr. David Wilson from role of UC Davis veterinary hospital director (as he becomes director of Veterinary Medical Center Facilities Planning), Dr. Jane Sykes has stepped in to lead the hospital on an interim basis while a national search begins for a new permanent director. Dr. Sykes has been a faculty member at UC Davis since 2002, and has previously served the hospital as chief of the Small Animal Internal Medicine Service, infectious disease control officer for the Small Animal Clinic (SAC), and most recently as director of the SAC. She is excited to have the opportunity to work with all the faculty and staff to continue her efforts to improve VMTH operations and maintain the hospital’s outstanding international reputation for excellence in patient care, teaching and clinical research.

Outside of UC Davis, Dr. Sykes served as president of the Specialty of Small Animal Internal Medicine within the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She also served as president of the International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases, an organization she co-founded in 2006, and is the author of the textbook Canine and Feline Infectious Diseases. Dr. Sykes hails from Melbourne, Australia. Prior to coming to UC Davis, she completed a residency at the University of Minnesota, where she also served as a clinical faculty member.

Meanwhile, as Dr. Sykes relinquishes her SAC directorship, Dr. Kate Hopper takes over that role on an interim basis. Dr. Hopper, also chief of the Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Service, has been at UC Davis since 1999. Last year, she led the Emergency and Critical Care Service to its busiest year, as it saw more than 4,000 patients.

Prior to joining the UC Davis team, she served as a veterinarian for several years in her native Australia, including a residency in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Melbourne. Upon coming to Davis in the late ‘90s, Dr. Hopper completed a second residency, became board certified, and joined the faculty. An award winning instructor, Dr. Hopper’s textbook Small Animal Critical Care Medicine is currently in its 2nd edition.

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