Important Updates

Veterinary Medical Center

Latest Internal Hospital / VMC Updates

 

Latest Internal Hospital / VMC Updates

VMTH PERSONNEL:
As the VMTH transitions to the Veterinary Medical Center, we want to ensure that faculty, staff, and students know the latest updates. The most current information on the project and other important hospital news will be regularly updated on this page. If you have any questions regarding the VMC and its impact on your area, please speak to VMTH Administrator Joy Hoover. Please see the VMC website for a complete view of the overall plans to bring UC Davis to a new level of veterinary care. 

September 28, 2022

  • Faculty and staff recently gathered at the annual American Association of Bovine Practitioners conference, held this year in Long Beach. Led by Large Animal Clinic Director Dr. Bret McNabb, several members of the Livestock Medicine & Surgery Service and the Livestock Herd Health & Reproduction Service attended the event and hosted an alumni reception. The hospital was also well represented with a booth in the exposition hall to promote clinical and laboratory services, as well as residency and graduate programs. This is the first year the VMTH has been represented in this capacity at AABP, and all who attended agreed it was an overwhelming success.

August 29, 2022

  • Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service Opens Stomatitis Clinic

    DOSS is opening a monthly Stomatitis Clinic to better serve patients suffering from this oral disease and provide them with cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic options. This expansion of oral medicine opportunities will greatly improve UC Davis’ ability to treat one of the most devastating oral diseases in pets. Following a successful soft launch in July and August, the clinic will officially open on September 8, with a 2-day “stomatitis only” receiving and treatment schedule. The Stomatitis Clinic will be the first of its kind anywhere in veterinary medicine. Going forward, DOSS will continue to dedicate two days each month exclusively to stomatitis patients.

  • Large Animal Clinic Opens New Equine Stalls

    LAC celebrated the grand opening of new clinical space in its equine barns. LAC Director Dr. Bret McNabb and several faculty and staff members recently cut the ceremonial ribbon into new hospitalization space of three large-capacity equine stalls and an adjacent treatment area. The new space repurposes an area of the hospital that had not been utilized in more than a decade and paves the way for future renovation projects to move forward, including the All Species Imaging Center, a central hub of imaging modalities which will be located between the main hospital building and the barns.

July 28, 2022

  • VERT Rescues Horse at Tevis Cup
    On July 17, members of the UC Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT) responded to a request by the organizers of the Tevis Cup to rescue a horse that had fallen off the Western States Trail while competing in the famous 100-mile endurance ride. Partnering with emergency crews from CalFire, as well as Placer, Nevada, and Butte Counties, VERT played a major role in a dramatic helicopter rescue that was featured extensively on Northern California news outlets. Dr. Lais Costa led the team of four, including Dr. Tara Urbano, staff member Tim Williamson, and veterinary students Julia Hills and Caitlyn Higginbotham.

June 30, 2022

  • As we wrap up Pride Month, I want to take a moment to reaffirm our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. I am proud to sign the Pride VMC Gender Identity Bill of Rights on behalf of the hospital. Every day and especially during Pride Month, it is important to reflect on our community commitment to these rights and reaffirm our intent to ensure safe spaces for all members of our team. --Joshua Stern

May 26, 2022

  • The American Veterinary Medical Association’s American Board of Veterinary Specialties has provisionally recognized the American College of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology (ACVNU) as veterinary medicine’s newest specialty discipline. Decades in the making, the charge for ACVNU’s establishment was led by Dr. Larry Cowgill, along with an organizing committee of leading experts in the field. Dr. Cowgill will serve as ACVNU’s first president, and under his guidance, the VMTH and UCVMC-SD will be prominent initial training centers for ACVNU’s residency program, as we help establish the initial benchmark for the new college’s training programs.

April 29, 2022

  • The VPETT program is designed to emphasize the importance of recognizing the hard work and dedication of our team members in alignment with the hospital's five Cultural Pillars (Realize Our Vision, Value People, Pursue Excellence, One Team, and Trusted Dialogue). In this video created by the VPETT Committee, you can see some of the great prizes available and how easy it is to nominate your colleagues.

March 30, 2022

  • Construction Update

    Please be advised there will be major disruption around the VMTH loading dock area the first week of April, as the canopy over the loading dock will be demolished. This demolition is one of the beginning phases of preparing the area for the construction of the All Species Imaging Center as part of the Veterinary Medical Center campaign. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

February 26, 2022

  • COVID-19 Update

    Remember that it is still required to take and pass a daily symptom survey prior to entry into VMTH facilities, as well as forwarding the results of that survey to your supervisor. Masks at VMTH entry points are being replaced with high quality KF94 masks. Changing into a fresh, provided mask at the entry point is required for all employees and students. The only exception to this rule is if you are wearing a fresh N95/KN95 of your own or as provided by central supply. Thank you for your diligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community and all your hard work during these times of staff, student, and clinician shortages. Feel free to reach out to vmthcovidqns@ucdavis.edu if you have questions.

January 26, 2022

  • COVID-19 Update

    Remember that it is still required to take and pass a daily symptom survey prior to entry into VMTH facilities, as well as forwarding the results of that survey to your supervisor. Masks at VMTH entry points are being replaced with high quality KF94 masks. Changing into a fresh, provided mask at the entry point is required for all employees and students. The only exception to this rule is if you are wearing a fresh N95/KN95 of your own or as provided by central supply. Thank you for your diligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community and all your hard work during these times of staff, student, and clinician shortages. Feel free to reach out to vmthcovidqns@ucdavis.edu if you have questions.

December 28, 2021

  • Facilities Update

    Expansion of the small animal ER/ICU is underway, and the service has temporarily moved to Ward 3 during renovations. The blood gas machine, Omnicell, and all other associated ECC equipment is now located in Ward 3. Please use the centrifuge in the front of Ward 4 for PCV/TPs to minimize congestion in the ER. A huge thanks to Cole Jacobsen, Charlie Porter, Ramon Andres, Debbie Davis, and the IT team for doing so much to make the move possible. Work continues on the demolition and renovation of VMTH 1071. Estimated completion for this space is the end of January and Central Supply will then occupy the room while their current area is being renovated. Infrastructure changes will continue to occur over the next several weeks with some disruption to the south and west side of the VMTH, particularly in the parking lot and between buildings, as the construction crews are digging several trenches to identify utilities, create new plumbing lines, HVAC, and mechanical tie-ins for the new All Species Imaging Center and other related projects. As always, we truly appreciate your patience during this period of construction; the new facilities are greatly needed and will be a vast improvement for our clinical services, teaching, patient care delivery, and all who work in those spaces.

November 30, 2021

  • VMC Update

    Infrastructure upgrades are ongoing in the Large Animal Clinic. New water lines, steam pipes, and oxygen lines currently being installed will support the future All Species Imaging Center. Thank you to everyone for your patience with the construction and hospital modifications during this phase.

  • Facilities Update

    The rollout of Instinct in the Small Animal Hospital has gone very well. All small animal inpatients (excluding exotics) are displayed on the monitors, which allows all members of the patient care team to view their treatment progression in real time from any location. Instinct allows for the capture of all patient care data into an electronic medical record and has numerous built-in systems to improve patient safety. We are pleased with the initial success and look forward to how it will improve our standard of care and its potential for educational and research benefits.

October 28, 2021

  • VMC Update

    Many preliminary projects have commenced in order to prepare for construction of the All Species Imaging Center. Currently, contractors are installing utility lines throughout the large animal complex. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding through this process. Routine updates on projects that affect hospital areas will continue to be emailed, so please be sure to check your email on a regular basis. Signage to better direct large animal clients is currently being updated and will continue to be throughout different phases of construction.

September 23, 2021

  • VMC Update

    The general contractor, Roebbelen Construction, has been selected for the All Species Imaging Center and has begun pre-planning activities with campus designers. We anticipate construction staging to begin shortly. You will begin to see signage around the complex alerting employees and guests of the latest activities and areas to avoid. If you have not done so already, please familiarize yourself with the ASIC project, as clients will be curious about the advancements being made to the hospital. This central hub of imaging is the first major building construction of Phase I of the Veterinary Medical Center campaign.

August 27, 2021

  • COVID-19 Update

    All employees who have not finalized their vaccine information in the HEM portal have received an e-mail from campus regarding the vaccination requirement and the process for requesting an exemption. If you choose to pursue an exemption, please be aware the process may take additional time and the deadline for being fully vaccinated or having the exemption finalized is September 8, 2021. There are no exceptions.

July 27, 2021

  • VMC Update

    The selection of a contractor for the Veterinary Medical Center’s All Species Imaging Center (ASIC) was recently completed. Construction staging for the ASIC project is expected to begin in August.

June 24, 2021

  • VMC Update

    The construction bidding process for the Veterinary Medical Center’s All Species Imaging Center (ASIC) wrapped up on June 15. The selection of a contractor is expected to be finalized by the end of June, and construction staging for the ASIC project will begin shortly after, with work expected to begin in mid-summer.

  • COVID-19 Update

    •    All UC Davis employees working in person, on campus are now eligible to be vaccinated, please visit the UC Davis COVID-19 Vaccine Program site for details.
    •    With new COVID-19 guidelines changing constantly, the UC Davis Emergency Management Team has created a matrix to help UC employees and student navigate those changes. The matrix will be updated weekly by the Emergency Management Team based on changes in our state, county, and UC policies.

May 17, 2021

  • VMC Update

    The construction bidding process for the Veterinary Medical Center’s All Species Imaging Center (ASIC) is well underway. Pre-qualified contractors will be working on their bids throughout May, with all bids to be received in early June. Contractors were able to complete a site visit to walk through areas of construction and renovation earlier this month. All of the pre-qualified bidders that attended the walk through expressed their continued interest in the project. Once a contractor is selected, construction staging for the ASIC project will begin in early summer and work will begin mid-summer.

  • COVID-19 Update

    All UC Davis employees working in person, on campus are now eligible to be vaccinated, please visit the UC Davis COVID-19 Vaccine Program site for details.

April 29, 2021

  • VMC Update

    Advertising for construction bids for the Veterinary Medical Center’s All Species Imaging Center (ASIC) began this week. The bid process will be roughly four weeks and another six to eight weeks for finalizing the contract. As part of the process, there is a mandatory pre-bid conference where prospective bidders are walked through the areas of construction and renovation. Currently, that walk through is scheduled for May 4 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Areas affected will be most of the Large Animal Clinic (including barns), Pharmacy/Central Receiving, and the Small Animal ER/ICU. Thank you for accommodating this temporary inconvenience. Once a contractor is selected, construction staging for the ASIC project will begin in early summer and work will begin mid-summer.

March 30, 2021

  • COVID-19 Update

    On March 17, the Office of the Dean held a town hall as an opportunity for School of Veterinary Medicine community members to learn, ask questions and make suggestions to help improve the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Joining Dean Lairmore were: UC Davis Chief Wellness Officer Dr. Peter Yellowlees and Dr. Margaret Rea, director of wellness for the School of Medicine who discussed “Coping in the Era of COVID-19.” The meeting was recorded for those who missed it.

February 24, 2021

  • COVID-19 Update

    •    All UC Davis employees working in person, on campus are now eligible to be vaccinated, please visit the UC Davis COVID-19 Vaccine Program site for details.
    •    On February 17, the Office of the Dean held a town hall as an opportunity for School of Veterinary Medicine community members to learn, ask questions and make suggestions to help improve the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Joining Dean Lairmore were: Dr. Smita Iyer, assistant professor in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology who discussed immune response to SARS-CoV2; and Dr. Brian Bird, associate director, of the One Health Institute Global Lead-Sierra Leone who discussed viral variants in coronaviruses and how this may influence public health or responses to vaccination strategies. The meeting was recorded for those who missed it.

January 27, 2021

  • COVID-19 Update

    On January 20, the Office of the Dean held a town hall with leaders from the UC Davis Safety Services and Genome Center to discuss the latest developments in the campus’s COVID-19 response. The Safety Services has led the campus’s overall COVID-19 response and Genome Center has led the campus effort to develop and administer the saliva test. The event was an opportunity for School of Veterinary Medicine community members to learn, ask questions, and make suggestions to help improve the university’s response to the pandemic. The meeting was recorded for those who missed it.


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  • VMTH Voice
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VMTH Voice is a monthly internal newsletter for faculty and staff of the UC Davis veterinary hospital.

  • VMTH Heartbeat
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As of Winter 2020, Heartbeat became a quarterly electronic newsletter for the hospital's referring veterinarians only. The publication acts as a timely reference for veterinarians on the latest clinical advancements, clinical trials, and research happening in and around the UC Davis veterinary hospital. 

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Prior to 2020, Heartbeat was a public newsletter about the latest happenings at the UC Davis veterinary hospital.