Vet Med News

Gorilla Sculpture Unveiled at the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center

Aug 21,2017

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Veterinary Visits, Stress, and the Effect of Music on People and Pets

Aug 17,2017

A recent study examined the effect of classical music on a dog’s behavior and pet owner satisfaction with the veterinary visit. Dr. Melissa Bain shares findings of that study and suggestions for improving on the experience for both the pet and its owner.

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PhD Student Ron Li Wins 2017 Phi Zeta Research Award

Aug 16,2017

Phi Zeta, the international honor society of veterinary medicine, recently presented awards to authors of two research manuscripts among submissions from the Phi Zeta chapters at 28 U.S. and two Caribbean veterinary colleges.

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Grain-free Pet Foods Are No Healthier, Vets Say

Aug 15,2017

As with our own dieting woes, the unpleasant prospect of the simple solution — feeding our furry friends less — makes us reach for alternative, quick-fix strategies. Many pet parents have turned to radically new menus. These grain-free, all-meat and raw-food diets are inspired by the meals eaten by wild relatives of our fidos and felixes. But are these diets really better for our pets? Veterinarians and pet nutrition researchers say probably not.

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How Safe is Chicken Imported from China? 5 Questions Answered by UC Davis Expert

Aug 13,2017

Under a trade deal concluded in May, China has begun exporting chicken to the United States. Critics have pointed to China’s record of food safety issues and argued the deal prioritizes commerce over public health. Here Maurice Pitesky, a poultry extension specialist at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine with a focus on poultry health and food safety epidemiology, answers five questions about importing Chinese chicken

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CDC Supports UC Researchers in Fighting Vector-Borne Diseases

Aug 10,2017

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a bold step to enhance public-health preparedness for diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks in the nation’s southwest. With an $8 million grant from the CDC, University of California, Davis and Riverside researchers will launch the Pacific Southwest Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases later this month. 

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 Strength of the Human-Animal Bond to Help and Heal 

Aug 9,2017

The academic world continues to study the human-animal bond and gathers annually for a conference through the International Society for Anthrozoology. This year’s gathering was held at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine over four days in June.

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Jameson Animal Ranch Ready to Rescue Horses, Other Big Animals

Aug 9,2017

Animal rescue in Napa County is now about more than just cats and dogs, but large farm animals as well.

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2017’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities

Aug 8,2017

To many of us, pets are family — only furrier, slimier and sometimes cuddlier than our human relatives. Naturally the nearly 85 million pet parents in the U.S. today seek out the places where their beloved companions can enjoy the highest standard of living — hopefully at the most reasonable cost. UC Davis' Dr. Jane Sykes discusses what make a great pet-friendly city.

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Dr. Patricia Ann Conrad awarded 2017 AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award

Aug 8,2017

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has named Dr. Patricia Ann Conrad recipient of its 2017 Lifetime Excellence in Research Award. The award is given annually in recognition of outstanding contribution to the veterinary or biomedical professions through basic, applied, or clinical research.

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SeaDoc Interns Help Stranded Harbor Seal Pup

Aug 8,2017

Two interns from the SeaDoc Society respond to a call about a harbor seal pup on Orcas Island.

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Veterinary Licensing Program Begins

Aug 7,2017

California state law previously allowed for all veterinarians employed by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) to be exempt from holding a license under the California Veterinary Medicine Practice Act. This exemption also applied to veterinarians employed by the State or Federal Government and working in California, and also to the only other veterinary school in the state, Western University. Most state and academic veterinary institutions around the country have this same policy. 

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Leadership Training Inspires Large Animal Clinic

Aug 7,2017

Twenty faculty and staff members of the UC Davis veterinary hospital’s Large Animal Clinic recently completed a leadership training seminar to maximize efficiency and morale among the team. The Zoetis PeopleFirst™ Leadership Certificate Program covered four 2-day sessions spread out over seven months for a total of 70 hours. Those who participated received continuing education credit for their achievement.

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 UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory Educating the Next Generation of Scientists

Aug 7,2017

Dr. Rebecca Bellone shares her experiences in working with high school students this summer through the Pre-College Program offered through UC Davis Extension. 

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Dr. Michelle Hawkins Completes Leadership Term at Association of Avian Veterinarians

Aug 4,2017

Dr. Michelle Hawkins, VMD, DABVP (Avian Practice), professor in the Department of Medicine & Epidemiology, recently completed her leadership of the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV). She served as the organization’s president for the past year. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Hawkins is also a clinician in the veterinary hospital’s Companion Exotic Animal Medicine & Surgery Service and director of the California Raptor Center.

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UC Davis Veterinary Surgeons at Forefront of Innovations in Minimally Invasive Surgery

Aug 3,2017

Makana, a 7-year-old female yellow Labrador retriever, was diagnosed with bilateral adrenal tumors so her owners brought her to the UC Davis veterinary hospital. Working together with the Internal Medicine Service, who were managing Makana’s case, surgeons with the Soft Tissue Surgery Service developed a plan to address her complicated condition. Surgeons at UC Davis are pioneering laparoscopic procedures for small animals, and have extensive experience in dealing with adrenal tumors.

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Beef Cattle Operation Benefits from Herd Health Veterinarians

Aug 3,2017

Tucked into a picturesque mountain range 175 northwest of campus sits the Eden Valley Ranch, where a menagerie of animals benefit from visits by UC Davis veterinarians and students.

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State of the VMTH 2016-2017

Aug 3,2017

As the academic year comes to a close, we present the annual highlights of the UC Davis veterinary hospital. The hospital’s more than 120 board-certified faculty and staff veterinarians, along with a team of 350 highly-trained staff members, saw approximately 50,000 patients for the year. Training in each of these patient visits were our 109 house officer veterinarians (residents, fellows, interns) and the 134 members of the Class of 2017. Our clinicians are innovators of some of the most cutting-edge procedures in veterinary medicine. The hospital has more specialty services than any teaching hospital in the country. Many services saw double-digit percentage increases in caseload: neurology, equine ophthalmology, behavior, zoological medicine, cardiology, nutrition, equine reproduction, community surgery, and radiation oncology.

Highlights of the year include:

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What to Do with Your Pet if You Need to Evacuate

Aug 3,2017

Does the thought of leaving your pet behind in an evacuation keep you up at night? If so, you’re not alone. A recent paper in the American Journal of Public Health highlights how neglecting steps for evacuating animals, thereby forcing people to leave their pets behind, can have serious public health consequences for the pet owners—and for everybody else.

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UC Davis Equine Researchers Tackling Coronavirus

Aug 1,2017

While there is still much to be known about equine coronavirus, researchers at UC Davis are discovering many commonalities among horses infected with the disease and are hopeful to someday find the root cause. Their research is helping veterinarians better diagnose and treat the disease, as well as helping horse owners manage or even prevent an outbreak.

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Oral Surgeons Repair Dog’s Tongue after Getting Caught in Trap

Aug 1,2017

Hank, a 10-year-old male Australian cattle dog, lives with his family in a rural area in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. After roaming the property recently, he returned home bleeding profusely from the mouth, and it appeared his tongue was missing. Hank was taken to a local animal hospital where veterinarians were able to stop the bleeding and manage his shocked condition. Due to the severe nature of his wound, he was transferred to the UC Davis veterinary hospital.

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Senior Veterinary Student Delaine Quaresma recognized by AABP

Jul 31,2017

Congratulations to Delaine Quaresma (’18) who will be presented with two awards from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) during the annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska this coming September. 

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UC Davis Joins DARPA-funded "Safe Genes" Program 

Jul 25,2017

Last week, the federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the Safe Genes program to explore innovative genetic techniques to support bio-innovation and combat biological threats. The effort, supported by a $65 million grant from DARPA over four years, aims to harness gene editing tools in a safe, responsible manner to maximize the benefits of these technologies while minimizing their inherent risks. Vector biologist Greg Lanzaro joins the effort as part of the UC Riverside-led team. 

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How to Keep Your Dog Safe in the Great Outdoors 

Jul 21,2017

Summertime is made for hiking, swimming, camping and exploring—often with your dog. There’s more to consider though than grabbing the leash and heading out the door if you want to avoid possible health problems and a visit to the vet. Here are a few key tips for keeping your dog safe on those Instagram-worthy summer adventures. 

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Necropsy Programs Provide Learning Opportunities To Researchers, Horsemen

Jul 18,2017

No matter where you stand at the racetrack, a catastrophic breakdown is horrendous, and the horror is compounded for people with a direct connection to the horse. But out of tragedy can come important lessons.

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Why Do Cats Love Small Spaces?

Jul 17,2017

We all know cats love boxes and other small spaces to climb into. Dr. Karen van Haaften, a resident in the Behavior Service, discusses some possible reasons why.

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UC Davis Uses Software to Map Equine Pain

Jul 17,2017

All day every day 50 horses from the University of California, Davis herd are under surveillance. The observations aren’t intended to catch the horses engaging in exotic behavior; rather, they are intended to help veterinarians, students, technicians and owners detect expressions of pain on horses’ faces.

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Davis High School Students Explore Careers in Veterinary Science at UC Davis

Jul 16,2017

Six Davis High School students who took the inaugural veterinary science class at the high school this past year are now working side-by-side with UC Davis vet students and professors.

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Plant Toxicity and Animals

Jul 16,2017

What plants should pet owners be careful with if they have pets that like to graze?

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Mountain Gorillas Have Herpes Virus Similar to That Found in Humans—May Hold Clues for Conservation and Human Disease 

Jul 13,2017

Scientists from the University of California, Davis, have detected a herpes virus in wild mountain gorillas that is very similar to the Epstein-Barr virus in humans, according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports

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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.