Avian and Exotics

Joanne Paul-Murphy Wins 2019 AVMA Animal Welfare Award

May 03, 2019
Dr. Joanne Paul-Murphy has been named the winner of the 2019 Animal Welfare Award by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The award is given annually to an AVMA member who has advanced animal well-being, shown exemplary dedication to animal care, and contributed to the community and society. Award winners must exhibit achievement in advancing the welfare of animals via leadership, public service, education, research/product development, and/or advocacy.

Parrot’s Challenging Fungal Infection Successfully Treated

May 01, 2019
Ginger, an 8-year-old female eclectus parrot, was not feeling like herself a few months ago. Over the course of several days, her decreased appetite caused her to skip a meal of kiwi—her favorite fruit—and she no longer danced around her cage like normal. Her owners thought she was having trouble with egg binding, a condition she suffered from previously. As regular clients of the Companion Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery Service at the UC Davis veterinary hospital, they brought Ginger in for an examination.

Virulent Newcastle Disease Outbreak Threatens Poultry

March 31, 2019
Virulent Newcastle Disease (vND) is a poultry disease that has not been seen in California since 2002. It has recently re-emerged and represents a serious threat to backyard and commercial flocks.

Don’t Kiss Your Pet Hedgehogs, C.D.C. Warns

February 14, 2019
Hedgehog owners should refrain from kissing their small, spiky friends, health officials warn. Since October, 11 people across eight states have been infected with a particular strain of salmonella, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported, and all but one of those infected said they had contact with a hedgehog.

Snow Leopard Cub Receives Rare Eyelid Surgery

October 25, 2018
Coconut, the snow leopard cub born at the Sacramento Zoo earlier this year, underwent a rare eyelid surgery on Wednesday, October 24. UC Davis veterinary specialists and the Sacramento Zoo veterinary team collaborated to correct a congenital eyelid defect known as colombas. This ocular deformity is sometimes documented in snow leopards under human care.

UC Davis Veterinarians Remove Softball-Sized Tumor from Fish

October 11, 2018
When Madonna’s abdomen recently became distended, she was examined by the UC Davis veterinary hospital’s Aquatic Animal Health Unit of the Companion Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery Service.

Sac Zoo's Snow Leopard Cub Receives Physical Therapy

July 24, 2018
UC Davis veterinary specialists are helping a baby snow leopard, born in May at the Sacramento Zoo, with a condition known as “swimmer’s syndrome,” a developmental deformity that forces animals to paddle their legs like turtles when they try to walk.

Snow Leopard Cub Gets Unique Physical Therapy Regimen

July 05, 2018
The zoo’s snow leopard cub is one lucky cat. Despite being born with several birth defects affecting his eyes and abnormal development of his rear legs and chest, the cub is receiving the very best care and world-class veterinary treatment to help him overcome these challenges.

New Flight for Old Feathers

April 23, 2018

When a red-tailed hawk with six broken feathers was brought to the California Raptor Center, veterinarians knew they would need some old feathers and an old technique to heal the raptor. This method worked so well the hawk was able to be released back into the wild later that day.