Vet Med News

Latest Veterinary Hospital News

Apr 25,2017

All the latest UC Davis veterinary hospital news is available in the Spring 2017 special edition issue of Heartbeat.

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Genetics Unravel Clues to Glioma

Apr 25,2017

A genetic study on glioma development in canines may provide insight into how these often untreatable brain tumors form in dogs and possibly humans.

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Safer Sedation for Cats on the Horizon

Apr 25,2017

Veterinary anesthesiologists investigate drugs which may help decrease the adverse effects of sedation for some cats.

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Former Clydesdale Patient at UC Davis Recovering Well

Apr 25,2017

Last year, a Clydesdale and his rider fell down a ravine, severely injuring both. Daniel the Clydesdale spent weeks recovering from his injuries at the UC Davis veterinary hospital. Get an update on his condition.

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 Animal Anarchy at the Veterinary School 

Apr 24,2017

Art imitates life around the new UC Davis veterinary medicine administration building—so much so that a dog on leash walking past Nina Kaiser’s animal sculptures barks at the bronze canine in a play bow. Kids approach the geese to pet their wings, the pig is a natural draw for students taking selfies, and the goat seems ready to spring to life. 

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UC Davis Helps Save Mexican Wolf Species

Apr 24,2017

An endangered Mexican wolf gave birth this month to what conservationists say is the first such pup born using previously frozen sperm and artificial insemination.

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What Do Doctors Have to do With Earth Day?

Apr 20,2017

Climate change impacts air quality that affects human and animal health. How do veterinarians and doctors use information about ozone, allergens and particulate matter to uncover and mitigate negative health impacts?

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California Raptor Center Open House May 6th 

Apr 19,2017

Come out to visit the resident raptor ambassadors at the California Raptor Center's Spring Open House on May 6th from 9-3. 

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Easing Dementia with Horse Therapy 

Apr 12,2017

A unique collaboration with the school's Center for Equine Health, the UC Davis School of Medicine and the Connected Horse seeks to improve the lives of all those affected by dementia with the aid of aging horses.

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City Girl to Large Animal Veterinarian 

Apr 11,2017

Growing up in the suburbs of San Diego, Dr. Blanca Camacho ’16 had never touched a cow and never envisioned that she would someday become a food animal veterinarian.

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UC Davis Honors Dr. Bill Vernau with Distinguished Teacher Award  

Apr 10,2017

Congratulations to Dr. Bill Vernau (BVMS, DVSc, Ph.D.), recipient of the UC Davis Academic Senate’s 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award - Graduate and Professional Teaching. This award recognizes Vernau for his dynamic, knowledgeable and approachable teaching style.   

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Dr. Christine Kreuder Johnson Receives Distinguished Public Service Award  

Apr 10,2017

Congratulations to Dr. Christine Kreuder Johnson (VMD, MPVM, Ph.D.), recipient of the 2017 UC Davis Academic Senate Distinguished Public Service Award. 

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Vet Med Central Services Receives Kimberly-Clark Greenovation Award 

Apr 10,2017

UC Davis Vet Med Central Services received the K-C Chelsea Santucci Greenovation Award for leadership in landfill diversion. They achieved one of the highest national metrics in the nitrile glove RightCycle program by recycling 6500 pounds, or 3.0 metric tons, of glove waste in 2016.

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Honoring Our Donors at the Evening of Gratitude 

Apr 6,2017

The school honored scholarship donors and some of their student recipients this week at the annual Evening of Gratitude. The school had been able to provide $6.7 million in total support for our students this year—$2.5 million from gifts and endowments and $4.2 million in grants. That support is made possible by the generosity of our individual, association and corporate scholarship donors.

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AVMA Behavior Expert Demonstrates Top Ways to Keep Children and Community Members Free from Dog Bites

Apr 6,2017

Dr. Melissa Bain participated in an American Veterinary Medical Association press conference today in Los Angeles to kick off awareness programs for National Dog Bite Prevention Week, April 9-15, 2017.

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6,755 Postal Workers Were Attacked by Dogs Last Year

Apr 6,2017

Sometimes, cliches -- such as dogs chasing after unassuming mail carriers -- exist for a reason. There were thousands of dog attacks on postal workers last year.

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Premature Foal Has Long Stay at UC Davis Veterinary Hospital

Apr 4,2017

Brave, a newborn male foal, was born five weeks premature and immediately brought to the UC Davis veterinary hospital with his dam, Ally, who was also experiencing a life threatening condition with uterine artery bleeding. Upon arrival, the colt was lethargic with diarrhea and mild colic. They were received by the Equine Internal Medicine and Equine Medical Emergency, Critical Care and Neonatology Services. A large team, led by a neonatal specialist, was quickly assembled to care for the pair. An initial physical exam in the Lucy Whittier Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) found signs consistent with a premature foal, pneumonia, and sepsis. Brave's long journey out of the NICU was just beginning.

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Dr. Marguerite Knipe Receives the 2017 Award for Excellence in Teaching 

Apr 4,2017

Congratulations to Dr. Marguerite Knipe (DVM, DACVIM) who was honored by the UC Davis Academic Federation with the 2017 Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

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Can Probiotics Help Obese Cats?

Apr 3,2017

With obesity in cats being a major health problem, veterinary nutritionists at the school are tackling the issue with new approaches. One method they are exploring is the use of probiotics to assess its effect on food intake, body composition and metabolic parameters in healthy, overweight and obese cats.

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Training a New Generation of Faculty

Apr 3,2017

Success is what happens when chance meets preparation—but sometimes you need a little nudge to grab the opportunity. Dr. Derek Cissell, a new assistant professor of diagnostic imaging, was completing a Ph.D. in the lab of Dr. Kyriacos Athanasiou, a renowned bioengineer on campus, when a faculty position opened in radiology.

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Tool Use by Sea Otters Not Tied to Genetics 

Apr 3,2017

Unlike previous research that has found that a group of tool-using Indio-Pacific bottlenose dolphins share a common genetic lineage, a new study (based on DNA data from UC Davis) found that tool use in sea otters is ubiquitous and actually has little to do with genetic ties. This implies they have may have been using tools for many thousands - or even millions - of years.  

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UC Davis Resident Spends Year at San Diego Zoo

Apr 3,2017

When your first word is “cat,” it may be an indication that your life’s mission will involve working with animals. That’s certainly the case for Dr. Mary Thurber, a second-year resident with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s Zoological Medicine Service. The three-year residency program begins with a one-year rotation through the school’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital and the Sacramento Zoo. Now Thurber is spending her second year at the San Diego Zoo, and she’s continuing to add to her impressive lifelong list of accomplishments.

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Exercise Improves Parrot Health

Apr 3,2017

Since most captive parrots lead a sedentary lifestyle, a group of UC Davis researchers was interested in learning what effect this had on the birds’ overall health. Was their inactivity a contributing factor in susceptibility to high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) and hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis)? Exercise has been shown to be an important component to manage breakdown of fat (lipid metabolism) in human and poultry studies, and the researchers were curious if increased exercise could improve parrot health as well.

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Improving Surgical Outcomes by Revolutionizing Anesthesia 

Mar 28,2017

A medical and entrepreneurial collaboration is opening our eyes to improvements in effects, access, implementation of a new, safer class of drugs that are crucial in surgical suites worldwide. 

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Waste Treatment Plants Add Risk for Orcas 

Mar 27,2017

A new paper finds endangered orcas face yet another challenge, human pathogens in the marine environment. 

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The Pros and Cons of Gene Drive in Controlling Malaria 

Mar 27,2017

Scientists have used genetics to alter mosquito populations for several decades, to try to eliminate diseases such as malaria and more recently Zika. Now, scientists want to use a powerful new technology with the potential to change or wipe out an entire species of mosquito.

 

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9 Lessons from Living Near Mountain Lions

Mar 27,2017

For 16 years, veterinarians with the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center at UC Davis have conducted research on mountain lions in Southern, and more recently with the Institute for Wildlife Studies in Northeastern, California, to monitor the lions’ habitat use, prey animals, health and disease, and human interactions.

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Arena Surface Impacts Fetlock Kinematics in Extended Trot

Mar 26,2017

Researchers have made great strides in understanding how footing surfaces impact racehorses’ limb kinematics. For example, Susan Stover, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, and colleagues have learned that the forces that impact racehorses’ legs are higher and fetlock extension is greater on dirt than on synthetic surfaces.

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Antibiotics for Septic Foals

Mar 21,2017

In a world of increasing pathogen resistance to available antibiotics, many veterinarians, owners, and caretakers worry when faced with a sick horse, especially a delicate neonate. Will the medications that once worked to save a sick foal still be effective?

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Garden Plants that are Toxic to Pets 

Mar 20,2017

With spring just around the corner comes an increase in outdoor activities such as gardening and hiking. Just as we are eager to get outside, so are our family pets, but with that comes an increased risk of plant-based toxic ingestions.

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Welcome Packet

Photo: Welcome Packet

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.