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In Memoriam—Dr. William R. Pritchard

October 19, 2020

We are sad to announce the passing of Dr. William R. Pritchard, professor and dean emeritus of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Pritchard served 20 years as dean for the school, from 1962-82, and remained involved with the school and a Davis resident for the rest of his life. He leaves behind a legacy of veterinary education and service.

Oral Chemotherapy Helping Dog With Leukemia

October 14, 2020
Scruffles, a 9-year-old female Shetland sheepdog, was referred to the UC Davis veterinary hospital after her white blood cell count continued to increase. The Oncology Service performed complete blood count tests to gain a better understanding of Scruffles’ condition, as well as a test called flow cytometry, which helped determine if Scruffles was dealing with a cancer of her bone marrow (leukemia).

Researchers Identify Cause of Equine Familial Isolated Hypoparathyroidism

October 13, 2020

Researchers at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have identified a genetic cause for the fatal condition equine familial isolated hypoparathyroidism in Thoroughbreds, marking the first genetic variant for hypoparathyroidism identified in any domestic animal species. Additionally, this is the first widely available genetic test for Thoroughbreds.

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Aims to Raise $500 Million in University’s Fundraising Campaign

October 11, 2020

The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis is taking one of the lead roles in the university’s new $2 billion fundraising campaign, “Expect Greater: From UC Davis, For the World.” This marks the largest philanthropic endeavor in the university’s history, and the school’s 25% portion of the goal is also its largest fundraising challenge.

Evening of Gratitude 2020

October 09, 2020
The school celebrated its annual Evening of Gratitude virtually on October 8 — honoring our generous donors and exceptional students, together advancing veterinary medicine into the future. Students received $6.5 million in total support this year through more than 450 awards, thanks to the generosity of individual, association and corporate donors who make new and continuing awards possible. This is another outstanding year for the school’s scholarship and fellowship program.

Newly Created Wildlife Disaster Network Aids Several Wildfire Victims

October 08, 2020
Earlier this week, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the joint formation of the Wildlife Disaster Network. The network is already aiding several animals injured in California’s latest wildfires. Network teams throughout Northern California are treating about a dozen animals at various facilities.

UC Davis Study Explores Kitten Stress Responses to Improve Welfare

October 07, 2020
Orphaned kittens experience more stress than kittens cared for by their mothers, according to a new UC Davis study. Understanding the effect of being orphaned on responses to stressful events could improve their care.

Wildlife Disaster Network Mobilizes Aid for Burned, Injured Wildlife

October 06, 2020
The Wildlife Disaster Network is a new partnership between the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. It aims to quickly and efficiently mobilize the people and resources needed to aid wildlife affected by wildfire and other disasters.

Mountain Lion Cub Rescued from California Wildfire

October 06, 2020
An orphaned mountain lion cub is at the Oakland Zoo recovering from burn injuries after being rescued from California's Zogg Fire. The zoo staff is working with the UC Davis Veterinary Hospital to treat the cub's wounds.

Teams Shelter, Treat Animals in Record Fire Season

September 30, 2020
Wildfires burned across the Western U.S. in August and September, killing at least 35 people and destroying more than 5,800 buildings. Veterinarians on emergency response teams treated injured animals, helped find and evacuate those in danger, and monitored animals staying on pastures after their owners evacuated.

Kitten’s Collaborative Care Exemplifies UC Davis’ Campuswide Animal-Centered Spirit

September 10, 2020
So, what do a local university patron, four veterinary hospital services, a veterinary resident, a newly graduated Animal Science major, and dozens of faculty, staff, and student caregivers have in common? All of these UC Davis entities came together to save the life of a tiny kitten barely big enough to fit in your hand.

Dual Degree Program Receives Prestigious NIH Award

September 08, 2020
The UC Davis Veterinary Scientist Training Program (VSTP) celebrates its 20th year of preparing the next generation of veterinary scientists with a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) award. This is the first year that NIH has granted the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) award to colleges or schools of veterinary medicine as the lead institution to support students in a dual degree DVM-PhD program.

Dog Continues to Lead Full Life After Leg Amputation Due to Cancer

September 08, 2020
Kita, a 10-year-old female American Staffordshire terrier, began limping on her front right leg in November 2019. Shortly thereafter, she refused to walk at all. Her primary veterinarian diagnosed her with osteosarcoma in the leg. Her owners chose to have the leg amputated. Following amputation, Kita was referred to the UC Davis veterinary hospital for further recommendations on treating metastasis of the tumor.

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