Vet Med News

PREDICT: A One Health Preventive Effort

Feb 22,2018

The statistics are alarming. Nearly 75% of all new, emerging, or reemerging diseases affecting humans at the beginning of the 21st century are zoonotic, according to the United States Agency for International Development. Zoonotic diseases cause more than 1 billion cases of illness annually.

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A Leg Up for This Pup

Feb 21,2018

After being saved from an abandonment situation in Iran, Sasha the Rottweiler got a prosthetic leg with the help of UC Davis veterinarians.

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How 3-D Printing Is Rocking the Dog World

Feb 21,2018

While 3-D printing has been around since the 1980s, its technique has evolved over the years – and is becoming a hot manufacturing process because of its low cost and accessibility. Also known as additive manufacturing, 3-D printing involves creating a solid three-dimensional object from a digital design by laying down layer upon layer of a material, usually melted plastic, until the entire object is fabricated.

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3-Dimensional Printing in Veterinary Medicine

Feb 20,2018

Used in human medicine for years, 3D printing is now changing the way veterinarians work and holds great promise for better patient care.

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UC Davis’ Unique Method to Treat Humans, Pets

Feb 20,2018

By using what they learn from treating companion animals like cats and dogs, the  Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures can help the School of Medicine find treatments for diseases like cancer and diabetes that affect humans and animals alike.

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2 Burned Bears Treated by UC Davis Vets are Recovering in the Wild

Feb 19,2018

Officials tracking two bears that were badly burned in the largest wildfire in California history say the animals are settling back into their home in the wild after receiving unusual treatment for their injured paws. Recent photos and GPS tracking data show the female bears appear to be in good health as they move through Los Padres National Forest northwest of Los Angeles.

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Study of Cancer in Dogs May Accelerate Treatment Advances for Humans

Feb 14,2018

Comparative oncology — the study of naturally developing cancers in animals as models for human disease — has been practiced for decades. However, conducting clinical trials on the spontaneous cancers of people’s pet dogs is a relatively new concept. The effort has gained traction with a concerted effort on the part of academic centers and NCI to further develop the dog model.

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Project Aims to Prevent Pandemics Using One Health Approach

Feb 12,2018

A UC Davis-led program – PREDICT – discovers and detects viruses, many of which move between animals and people and can potentially trigger pandemics. PREDICT develops projects all around the world, so that regions can find the lethal viruses on their grounds, solve mysteries of poorly understood pathogens and become active players in what is truly a global fight to prevent death and illness.

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Firefighter Reveals How He Helped Save Animal Caught Up in American Wildfires

Feb 12,2018

An award-winning Hampshire firefighter told how he helped save animals caught up in devastating wildfires in America. Animal rescue expert Jim Green has returned to the UK after spending 12 months passing on his skills to vets and firefighters in California.

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Laceration Repair Surgery Saves Horse’s Athletic Career

Feb 9,2018

Nash, a 12-year-old American Quarter Horse gelding, is a roping horse in local competitions and also works for his family herding cattle. That career was in jeopardy recently after suffering a severe laceration to his lower lip that extended back to his jawline. His owners Maureen and Brian searched Nash’s stall for evidence of how the injury happened. While not certain it was the cause, the only possible culprit they could find was a rough edge on a food bowl that they hadn’t noticed before.

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Low-risk Anesthesia Better for Stressful Dental Work

Feb 7,2018

“Many factors have improved anesthesia safety over the years,” Dr. Pypendop says. “These likely include drugs with more consistent and predictable effects, better knowledge of the effects of drugs on vital function, better ability to monitor and therefore prevent or treat abnormalities and better pre-anesthetic screening.”

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Emergency Responders Train to Rescue Sea Lions, Other Wildlife Caught in Oil Spills

Feb 7,2018

Pacific Marine Mammal Center is one of 41 organizations statewide — including rehabilitation groups, universities and aquariums — that comprise the Oiled Wildlife Care Network. The network was established in 1994 by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response after spills by the Exxon Valdez in Alaska (about 11 million gallons spilled) and the American Trader in Huntington Beach (more than 400,000 gallons). It is administered by the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center in the School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Training the Next Generation of Livestock Veterinarians

Feb 5,2018

As the world population grows, so too does the need for more veterinary students trained in livestock medicine. UC Davis graduates, who care for dairy cows, beef cattle, swine, poultry, sheep and goats, will be on the front line of protecting the nation’s food supply by ensuring the health of animals in these industries.

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New Hope for Combating Canine Epilepsy 

Feb 5,2018

A new therapeutic for canine epilepsy may be coming from an unlikely source--the UC Davis CounterACT Center of Excellence, a federally funded program to combat chemical-threat agents.

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Study: Horses With Sand Colic Have 'Excellent' Prognosis

Feb 5,2018

There usually isn't much good news when it comes to colic. But, one researcher has reported that when it comes to sand colic, the news about prognoses is positive.

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OWCN Trains at SeaWorld for Potential Oil Spill 

Feb 2,2018

Members of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network trained for a potential oil spill at SeaWorld. Rescuers pretended there was an oil spill in La Jolla and brought prop animals from the beach to SeaWorld's facility where they went through cleaning and rehabilitation procedures.

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How Toxic is Wildfire Smoke?

Feb 1,2018

Professor Kent Pinkerton has spent the past 30 years studying air pollution and how it affects respiratory, cardiovascular and neurologic health of humans and animals. So, when wildfires swept through vast areas of California in 2017, they became the center topic of a graduate course he was co-teaching on environmental health.

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Leading the Way – the Veterinary Medical Center

Feb 1,2018

Chancellor Gary May and Dean Michael Lairmore proudly announced in October the launch of the long-term plan to transform the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Center (VMC). The campaign, called “Leading the Way,” marks the first phase and aims to raise $115 million to update and improve three critical areas: the Livestock and Field Service Center, the Equine Performance Center and the All Species Imaging Center.

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Timid Behaviors in Dogs: Are They Normal?

Jan 31,2018

Have you ever been at a park, pool party, or event where all of the dogs seem to be having a great time…except for yours? While other dogs are sniffing, splashing, and playing, yours is content to sit by your side. Is this normal?

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Veterans’ Therapy Dog Has His Own Battle to Overcome

Jan 30,2018

Webb, an 8-year-old male golden retriever, has an important job, and many of America’s heroes rely on him every day. He was originally trained to be a service animal for a veteran with a disability, but it turned out that he wasn’t suited for individualized care. However, the Veterans Administration still saw potential in him, so now Webb serves as a therapy dog at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System – Menlo Park Division. He is charged with the mission of cheerleader, encourager, and all-around goodwill ambassador at the rehabilitation center.

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Equine Dentistry Advancing with New Board Certification

Jan 30,2018

In 2014, the American Veterinary Medical Association approved recognition of a new board certification in equine dentistry. The American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) Equine Dental Specialty Diplomate is a veterinarian who has been certified by AVDC as having demonstrated specialist knowledge and expertise in equine veterinary dentistry as a result of completing the AVDC entrance requirements and having successfully passed the AVDC equine examination. The AVDC has long recognized a non-species specific certification that many small animal dentists hold.

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Cystoscopy Used to Remove Bladder Stones at UC Davis

Jan 30,2018

Veterinarians at UC Davis are using cystoscopy to evaluate the lower urinary and genital tracts in animals. A cystoscope is a thin tube with a camera that is inserted through the urethra into the bladder to conveniently see areas of the bladder or urethra that may not be visible on x-rays or ultrasound. The procedure is performed while animals are under general anesthesia.

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Community Surgery Program Gives Students Hands-On Training

Jan 30,2018

Veterinary students spend their fourth and final year rotating through the many services of the hospital. Often stated as their favorite rotation is the Community Surgery Service. Unlike their time spent in the specialty surgery services (where student participation is limited to observation), a rotation through Community Surgery offers students a hands-on experience performing spays and neuters as well as mass removals and other basic surgical procedures.

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Who’s a Good Boy? Moose, a Chocolate Lab with One Lung

Jan 28,2018

Did you know a dog can get along just fine with only one lung? Moose, the chocolate Labrador, is living proof.

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Accuracy of Lymph Node Cytology for Neoplasia Diagnosis

Jan 27,2018

Lymph node cytology is commonly used in companion animal medicine to differentiate causes of lymphadenomegaly, including neoplasia and lymphadenitis. Researchers at UC Davis recently performed a large-scale, retrospective study to evaluate the diagnostic sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy of lymph node cytology for various types of canine and feline neoplasia.

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Dr. John Madigan Honored with the UC Davis CAAA  Distinguished Achievement Award 

Jan 26,2018

Congratulations to Dr. John Madigan for being recognized by the UC Davis Cal Aggie Alumni Association with the Distinguished Achievement Award for his profound impact on the advancement of equine health and animal welfare worldwide. 

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Be Ready to Fight if a Pet Insurer, Like a People Insurer, Denies a Valid Claim

Jan 26,2018

It's every pet owner's worst nightmare: Your beloved furry friend comes down with a serious, costly illness. That's why pet insurance in the United States has grown into a nearly $900-million business. But, as with human health insurance, claims for critters frequently can be denied by insurers for a variety of reasons. Most often, it's because the illness is deemed a preexisting condition, which few pet policies will cover.

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Headshaking: A Sensitive Equine Matter

Jan 25,2018

A toss of the head. A flip of the nose. It seems so benign, right? A horse that shakes his head continually, almost viciously, however, is no trivial matter. This type of headshaking can be frustrating for owners, detrimental to horse welfare, and pose diagnostic and treatment challenges for veterinarians.

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Bears Burned in California Wildfires Healed With Fish Skins, Released to Wild

Jan 24,2018

Two adult female black bears that were burned during the Thomas Fire in Southern California have recuperated and are now back in the wild thanks to the help of UC Davis veterinarians and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Rat Poison and Wildlife Don't Mix 

Jan 23,2018

A collaborative research team, including UC Davis epidemiologist Janet Foley, recently found that bobcat populations in urban Southern California with anticoagulant rodenticides in their system were more likely to suffer from notoedric mange — or feline scabies — a disease that causes animals to lose hair and protein through their skin, makes them anemic  and leads to a slow, painful death. This is the first time that these anticoagulant rodenticides have been directly linked to changed immune system and organ function in wildlife.

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Welcome Packet

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For visitors, new faculty and staff, and new or prospective students we’ve identified some general information pieces and web links to provide you with a quick introduction to some of our major programs and activities.