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State of the School 2016


May 23, 2016

An artist's rendering of the small animal clinic in the proposed new Veterinary Medical Center.

An artist's rendering of the small animal clinic in the proposed new Veterinary Medical Center.

In his annual State of the School Address, Dean Lairmore began by looking at the recent UC publication “An Era of Change,” which provides a closer look at the veterinary workforce in education and practice. One of the largest challenges for students entering the profession is the economic burden of financing their degree. Dean Lairmore pointed out that UC Davis is ranked lowest among U.S. schools for the debt-to-cost ratio, the one time he is proud that we come in at the bottom.

The school’s strong philanthropic partnerships are critical in offsetting these costs by providing support. In fact, 70 percent of UC Davis veterinary students receive scholarships and financial awards, totaling $6.7 million in total support.

Dean Lairmore shared his excitement about plans for a new Veterinary Medical Center and how that new facility will enable the clinical faculty and staff to better serve patients of the veterinary hospital that was originally designed in 1969 for 3,000 patients and now sees more than 50,000 patients annually.

He also announced that he had just accepted an invitation from Acting Chancellor Ralph Hexter to continue his service as dean.

In his presentation, Dean Lairmore highlighted the activities and accomplishments of the school community during this past academic year including:

 • Maintaining #1 spot in veterinary sciences in the latest QS World University Rankings, considered to be one of the most influential international university rankings providers based on scholarly metrics.

 • Increase in diversity among incoming class—42% are from under-represented minority groups or self identify as multi-ethnic; UC Davis consistently ranks among the top three among all veterinary colleges/schools in student diversity.

 • Success of VetMedJobs in matching graduates with job opportunities. Last year, there were 88 jobs posted vs 373 this year, thanks to the Career, Leadership and Wellness Center.

Increased diversity and inclusion activities including a new six-week joint pilot program with the Department of Animal Sciences to prepare six students with research interest to faculty mentors for six weeks.

Emphasis on wellness for students; Launch of Each Aggie Matters campaign to promote awareness and support mental health.

Increase attention to One Health, in part due to articles like the one in Science Translational Medicine that reaches a human medicine audience to highlight parallels between veterinary and human patients with related naturally occurring diseases.

Advances in companion animal medicine such as: minimally invasive soft tissue surgery techniques, thermal ablation to treat canine tumors, stem cell therapy to treat chronic feline gingivostomatitis, alternative treatments for canine subaortic or pulmonic stenosis.

New services for large animals such as: equine ophthalmology services, embryo transfer for Gascon cattle, equine dentistry and expert neonatal care for foals.

Huge team effort to rescue and care for animals impacted by the devastating Butte and Valley fires in September of 2015. More than 150 faculty and staff members helped.

Building of a new Student Services and Administration Building, to be completed later this year.

Another record year in philanthropic gifts with a total of more than $71 million from 7,396 gifts.