Vet Med News

Consortium of Universities for Global Health Recognizes Jonna Mazet with Leadership Award 

Feb 22,2017

Dr. Jonna Mazet recently received the Tom Hall/Nelson Sewankambo Mid-Career Award from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). This is the first year of this award. Mazet shares this inaugural honor with Dr. Ami Bhatt, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine and Genetics at Stanford University.

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Blindness Forces Career Change for Talented Jumper

Feb 21,2017

The story of a showjumper whose life was threatened by eyesight issues has been told in a new book, which will benefit an equine ophthalmology clinic.

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UC Davis, Center for Equine Health Advancing Disaster Preparedness for Horses

Feb 15,2017

What do you do when your companion animals and horses are caught in an accident? Or need to be evacuated because of flood or fire? What do you do when your client calls whose companion animal or horse is trapped?

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Congratulations Dr. Jim Clark, 2017 SAVMA Teaching Excellence Award Recipient

Feb 14,2017

 Dr. Jim Clark, a clinical professor at the school, has been recognized by the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) for his excellence in teaching. He will receive the SAVMA Teaching Excellence Award (TEA) at the upcoming 2017 SAVMA Student Symposium at Texas A&M University.

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Veterinarians: Warriors in the Battle Against Disease

Feb 14,2017

Don't breathe a sigh of relief just yet. Even though the World Health Organization recently declared that the Zika virus is no longer a global health emergency, other diseases are growing more threatening each day. Who's manning the front lines against these diseases? Increasingly, veterinarians. Today's veterinarians aren't merely tasked with giving Fido his shots -- they're asked to serve as public-health warriors, leading the attack against such diseases. The lives and livelihoods of millions of people depend on them receiving the proper training.

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UC Davis Vets Save Anemic Dog With Use of Therapeutic Plasma Exchange

Feb 14,2017

Bella, a 5-year-old pit bull terrier was diagnosed with immune-meditated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), which causes a dog’s immune system to destroy its own red blood cells.

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Why Killer Viruses Are On The Rise

Feb 14,2017

The University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the US government created the PREDICT project, a $200 million effort to find pandemic-potential viruses where they are endemic -- often in rainforests, which are hot spots because of their biodiversity. To date, PREDICT scientists have collected samples from over 74,000 animals worldwide and discovered almost 1,000 viruses in over 20 countries.

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Zoo Medicine Resident Brings Unique Background

Feb 9,2017

The diversity of species in zoological medicine keeps resident Dr. Matt Marinkovich on his toes. His morning at the Sacramento Zoo starts with a health check on a pair of newly acquired sifaka lemurs that the zoo hopes to breed. It moves on to a yearly wellness examination (which all zoo animals receive) on a California tiger salamander, and a check-up on a spiny tailed iguana that has been a bit under the weather.
 

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Imaging Modalities Help Translate Research to Clinical Care

Feb 9,2017

With some of the most advanced and exclusive equine imaging capabilities available in veterinary medicine, UC Davis is able to stay at the cutting edge of detecting, diagnosing and treating horse racing injuries. By utilizing information learned through the school’s J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic
Research Laboratory, radiologists and clinicians at the veterinary hospital advance the care and rehabilitation of equine athletes.

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Equine Ophthalmology Care Inspires Children’s Book

Feb 9,2017

Derrick, an 8-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, developed cataracts in both eyes. As a talented jumper that owner Terri Herrera planned to convert to a hunter, Derrick’s intended career didn’t allow much room for imperfect vision. After consulting with her veterinarian in Southern California, Herrera decided to make the 8-hour drive north to see the equine ophthalmology experts at the UC Davis veterinary hospital. It was there that she met Dr. Mary Lassaline.

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What is Comparative Medicine?

Feb 9,2017

Comparative medicine is the study of disease in humans and animals, looking at similarities and differences between the two. Through these types of studies, researchers can find ways to better diagnose, prevent and treat disease in all species.

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Bridging Human and Veterinary Cardiology with Breakthrough Drug

Feb 8,2017

A new heart disease treatment may give cats more time to nap, pounce and knock that glass of water off the counter. The novel drug also has positive implications for their human companions.
“This is an exciting discovery for both animals and humans — an excellent representation of the One Health concept in action,” said Associate Professor Joshua Stern, a board-certified cardiologist with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s veterinary hospital.

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Are Your Birds Safe from Avian Influenza?

Feb 7,2017

Outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in January 2017 killed birds at commercial poultry farms and backyard flocks in the UK, China and South Korea. Thousands more ducks, chickens and other birds were culled to contain the disease. The outbreaks are spurring University of California scientists to develop more safeguards to protect U.S. poultry from avian influenza.

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University of Sydney and UC Davis Sign Partnership Agreement

Feb 6,2017

A new partnership agreement between the University of Sydney and the University of California, Davis will see academics benefit from new access to research collaborations and shared funding.

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Blood Purification Process Saves Anemic Dog

Feb 1,2017

Bella, a 5-year-old female pit bull terrier, was acting lethargic a few months ago and then produced dark urine and was icteric (jaundice-like). Her owner Carol, a veterinarian and UC Davis alum, knew something was wrong and ran blood tests on Bella. The tests indicated extremely low red blood cell (RBC) counts, and Carol suspected a case of immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA). IMHA can be a fatal disease, as it causes a dog’s immune system to destroy its own RBCs (which carry oxygen to the cells and pick up carbon dioxide).

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Using Doppler to Track Avian-flu Infected Waterfowl

Feb 1,2017

Doppler radar technology, which is used to predict rain or storms, is now being used by researchers to track migratory waterfowl in real time to try to prevent the spread of avian influenza. 

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UC Davis Alum Named Louisiana Veterinarian of the Year

Jan 27,2017

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine alum Dr. David Baker (DVM '87), a professor at Louisiana State University SVM, was given the 2016 Ralph C. Cooper Veterinarian of the Year Award from the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association.

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What Works for Knights Landing One Health Clinic

Jan 26,2017

The Knights Landing One Health Clinic run by UC Davis Students for One Health offers free preventative and clinical care for pets and their owners at two different sites in a community close to the campus.

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Poll Recap: University Teaching Hospitals

Jan 24,2017

University veterinary teaching hospitals can serve two fundamental purposes: providing much-needed health care for your animals while advancing veterinary education in the process. Some facilities might even have access to research, treatments, and modalities that a small clinic or private practice do not have.

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Are These Videos for Dogs Scientifically Proven to Soothe Anxiety?

Jan 22,2017

Animals aren't immune to stress and anxiety that we experience as humans. They, too, develop fears that can be stimulated from visual or audio triggers, like crowded parties and loud fireworks popping on the Fourth of July. And sometimes, even the smallest of triggers like the sound of a doorbell can create a lot of tension.

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What is Equine Footing Science?

Jan 19,2017

The J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory team—directed by Dr. Susan Stover, a professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine—conducts research on footing to improve equine health and injury prevention. Initially focusing on racing safety for racehorses and jockeys, the team also studies arena surface footings for other equine disciplines, such as dressage and jumping.

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How Do You Know if a Horse is Lame? 

Jan 19,2017

Some types of lameness are obvious. The horse that is pointing a hoof and barely loading the limb (or displaying a large head lift when the affected limb is loaded) needs help. Subtle lamenesses, however, are more difficult to recognize, and early detection and intervention are often key to successful resolution.

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Immediately Translating Research Findings to Clinical Application

Jan 19,2017

UC Davis equine clinicians and researchers currently learn a great deal from each other’s disciplines, but rarely work hand-in-hand on horses presented for evaluation of lameness or other gait abnormalities. Researchers utilize test horses to study movement and often analyze data from hundreds of past patients to determine injury patterns. Clinicians attempt to objectively detect lameness issues, sometimes utilizing sophisticated video equipment, but more often using only the naked eye, supplemented by ancillary procedures such as local anesthetic nerve or joint blocks and diagnostic imaging techniques. The future of equine research and care at UC Davis seeks to blend those two worlds into the most up-to-date performance center anywhere in veterinary medicine.

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Just Two Weeks of Drinking Sugary Drinks Boost Risk Factors for Heart Disease, Study Suggests

Jan 14,2017

Beverages sweetened with low, medium and high amounts of high-fructose corn syrup significantly increase risk factors for cardiovascular disease, even when consumed for just two weeks by young, healthy men and women, reports a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis.

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NOAA Invites Input on Proposed Killer Whale Protection Zone

Jan 12,2017

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comments on a petition calling for a whale protection zone for highly endangered Southern Resident killer whales on the west side of Washington’s San Juan Island.

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Marine Mammal Center Eye Gel Helps Oil-sullied Pinnipeds

Jan 11,2017

Pinnipeds whose eyes are affected by oil contamination and other hazards are benefitting from an antibiotic gel commonly used in human medicine and domestic animals, according to a study by veterinary experts at the Marine Mammal Center.

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Hospital Welcomes New Clinicians and Pharmacist

Jan 10,2017

Several new clinicians and a new pharmacist have joined the UC Davis veterinary hospital over the past few months.

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Training the Veterinarians of Tomorrow

Jan 10,2017

A veterinary student’s curriculum involves three years of intensive coursework and one final year of clinical instruction. Training more than 135 fourth-year DVM students annually, the UC Davis veterinary hospital wholeheartedly embraces its responsibility of being a teaching institution. Each student is closely supervised by faculty and resident veterinarians in order to ensure proper training, and that every animal is given the best possible care.

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Residents Win National Awards

Jan 10,2017

Two UC Davis veterinary surgery residents won awards at the 2016 American College of Veterinary Surgery annual meeting in Seattle. Two other residents—from other residency training programs but mentored by a UC Davis faculty member—also won awards at the meeting.

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Dr. Joanne Paul-Murphy Recognized for Conservation Work in New Zealand

Jan 10,2017

For more than a decade, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Professor Dr. Joanne Paul-Murphy has aided a conservation group in New Zealand working to save a critically endangered parrot species. The kakapo is a large, flightless nocturnal parrot indigenous to New Zealand. With only 164 remaining on Earth, the kakapo has benefited from Dr. Paul-Murphy’s involvement.

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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.