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Translational Discoveries Lead to Clinical Advancements

April 29, 2016

SVM centers work closely with the hospital to translate their studies into cutting-edge clinical applications.

SVM centers work closely with the hospital to translate their studies into cutting-edge clinical applications.

Two prominent centers at the School of Veterinary Medicine play important roles in achieving clinical breakthroughs at the veterinary hospital. The Center for Companion Animal Health (CCAH) strives to improve the health of companion animals by encouraging and supporting academic studies and clinical research into diseases affecting dogs, cats and other small pets. The Center for Equine Health (CEH) is dedicated to advancing the health, welfare, performance and veterinary care of horses through research, education and public service. Both centers work closely with the hospital to translate their research projects into cutting-edge clinical applications that are changing the face of veterinary medicine to improve the health and well-being of animals.

One of the most important functions of these centers is to provide funding for research studies. At CCAH, in addition to funding all areas of veterinary companion animal health (surgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology, dentistry, infectious diseases, anesthesia, etc.), the current focus is on three major areas of study – cancer, genetics and shelter medicine.

Research priorities at CEH focus on a wide array of areas, including regenerative medicine, infectious diseases, orthopedics and lameness, colic prevention and treatment, laminitis, reproduction, neonatology and foal diseases, anesthetic and medication safety, neurology, and imaging. The center has access to the largest group of equine researchers available anywhere who apply these discoveries as new clinical applications in the hospital. In turn, our veterinary students and residents learn the newest techniques, and this information is shared in continuing education settings for local practitioners.

Additional funding for these important research studies is always valued. The school’s generous donors play a vital role in allowing these centers to continue funding such important work. To find out how you can help advance veterinary medicine, please see or contact the Office of Development directly at 530-752-7024 or email

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