Latest Internal Hospital / VMC Updates

Veterinary Medical Center

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. 

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.

December 22, 2020

  • COVID-19 Update

    A mobile COVID-19 saliva testing unit is now available each Wednesday on the south-side of the Vet Med Administration building by the Scrubs Café. There will be five testing stations with hours of operation from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The appointment system is configured to permit you to set up an appointment online specifically for our site. The estimated capacity for these stations is 500 tests per day. Note, the mobile unit will not be available on December 23 and 30 but will return in January.

November 24, 2020

  • VMC Update

    Construction on the All Species Imaging Center (ASIC) will begin in early 2021. Stay tuned for monthly updates beginning in next month’s VMTH Voice. We are excited about moving forward with this next part of Phase I of the Veterinary Medical Center campaign. Beyond creation of the ASIC, this project will also include an expansion of the small animal ER/ICU on the second floor of the VMTH.

  • Faculty Update

    •    Congratulations to Dr. Ilana Halperin on her Diplomate status by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. This board certification in Canine and Feline Practice shows she mastered a rigorous and demanding application process—which includes at least six years in clinical practice and completion of case reports—and a certification examination. Dr. Halperin is a faculty member in the Community Practice Service.

    •    Dr. Mathieu Spriet of the Diagnostic Imaging Service will be one of the guest speakers at “Reimagining Medicine: Breakthroughs in Imaging” on December 7 from 4-5 p.m. The presentation is part of UC Davis’ “Plugged In” Virtual Event Series. Dr. Spriet joins other UC Davis scientists who have developed innovative approaches to reimagine the future of imaging in medicine. Interested attendees can register here.

October 26, 2020

  • VMC Update

    Construction on the All Species Imaging Center looks to commence in early 2021. This next development in Phase I of the Veterinary Medical Center campaign will ultimately create a central hub of imaging services adjacent to the south side of the hospital, in the paved area between the main VMTH Pritchard building and the barns. An expansion of the small animal ER/ICU on the second floor of the VMTH will also be part of this construction. Stay tuned for monthly progress reports as the project breaks ground. 

  • Flu Shots

    The flu shot deadline is almost here. A question confirming your flu shot status has already been added to the online daily symptom screening survey. If you have not already received a flu shot, please schedule one, or provide an exemption, before November 1.

October 26, 2020

  • VMC Update

    Construction on the All Species Imaging Center looks to commence in early 2021. This next development in Phase I of the Veterinary Medical Center campaign will ultimately create a central hub of imaging services adjacent to the south side of the hospital, in the paved area between the main VMTH Pritchard building and the barns. An expansion of the small animal ER/ICU on the second floor of the VMTH will also be part of this construction. Stay tuned for monthly progress reports as the project breaks ground. 

  • Flu Shots

    The flu shot deadline is almost here. A question confirming your flu shot status has already been added to the online daily symptom screening survey. If you have not already received a flu shot, please schedule one, or provide an exemption, before November 1.

September 11, 2020

  • “Return to Campus” eLearning Course

    By now, you should have received an email regarding the campuswide “Return to Campus” eLearning course. Everyone is required to take this short (approximately 12 minutes) online training. If you are an employee already back to work on campus, you must complete the training by September 25. If you are currently working remotely, regardless of a return to campus date, you must complete the training by December 15.

  • Flu Shots
    The University of California has determined that all faculty, staff, and students must receive a flu shot this fall. The current COVID-19 pandemic makes vaccination for the upcoming 2020-21 flu season even more critical to help protect the health of our campus community. A reduction in the number of influenza cases preserves valuable health care resources to prevent and treat COVID-19. The deadline for vaccination or submitting a medical exemption is November 1.

August 21, 2020

  • COVID-19 Update

    The VMTH is experiencing increased difficulty in obtaining PPE (both sterile and non-sterile), with certain items like disposable surgical gowns reaching critical levels. Unless disposable gowns are critical for the surgical procedure being performed, cloth gowns should be used as an alternative. Please carefully consider usage of the following limited supplies which may become scarce in the future, and ways to be conservative in their use without compromising biosecurity to extend our current stock: nitrile exam gloves, sterile gloves, surgical gowns, chemo gowns, isolation gowns, surgical masks, bouffant caps, surgical caps, shoe covers, and surgical beard/head covers. You may soon see different versions of these products, as we are reaching out to as many distributors as possible and looking at equivalent alternative products.

July 21, 2020

  • COVID-19 Update

    •    It is imperative that everyone wears masks at all times when in the VMTH (unless you are in a private office alone or a designated eating space), so that we can continue to teach students and care for patients. If you see someone not wearing a mask properly, please remind them that they need to adhere to hospital policy. Should an individual repeatedly be seen not wearing a mask, it may be grounds for disciplinary action from campus.
    •    One of the most clustered spaces in the hospital is the Small Animal Clinic anesthesia prep room. Unless you are assisting with a patient induction or surgical prep, please do not enter this area. If you have questions regarding induction times, please call the anesthesia office at 752-6898. The Anesthesia Service requests that services limit those assisting with induction and preparation of their patients to no more than one technician and one clinician.
    •    With limited number of spaces available for people to eat inside the VMTH, several options have been created outdoors and in the breezeway. Please try to distance as much as possible from others and minimize time spent to just that required to eat and drink when utilizing these areas.
    •    VMTH faculty and staff are invited to a Q&A session on workplace safety as it relates to COVID-19. This will take place by Zoom on Monday, July 27 at 3 p.m. with the VMTH leadership team, Educational Access team, and Dr. Stuart Cohen, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at UC Davis Health. Please check your email for the invitation and link to this session.

  • Feline Treatment and Housing Suite (Ward 3 Redesign)
    SVM Dean Michael Lairmore and Assistant Dean of Advancement Hyemi Sevening joined Drs. Kate Hopper and Jane Sykes for a small ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the Feline Treatment and Housing Suite on July 20. The Ward 3 redesign gives us a dedicated space to hospitalize and treat cats in the same area, and we look forward to seeing this new suite create a more efficient work environment for technicians, as they care for multiple patients. We are so excited to have a brand new space in the hospital! We are so thankful to the anonymous donor that allowed this to happen.

June 29, 2020

  • COVID-19 Update

    Please continue to use the VMTH entry process and only enter the hospital at three doors: CCAH front door, VMTH east door (near the annex), and VMTH west door (LAC entrance). Before entering, you will need to complete the online daily symptom screening survey. Items needed at all times in the VMTH include: a mask, your identification badge, and daily colored dot for badge showing you are approved to be in the building. Please leave enough time (~10 extra minutes) to get through the health screening entry points that includes survey approval check-in. We appreciate your dedication to the safety of all our team members. Infrared scanning will begin June 29 as communicated by email.

  • Feline Treatment and Housing Suite (Ward 3 Redesign)
    The Feline Treatment and Housing Suite is complete. The Ward 3 redesign has given us a dedicated area to hospitalize and treat cats in the same area, without having to transport patients to other areas of the VMTH. This new suite will help create a more efficient work environment for technicians, as they care for multiple patients. We will be having a virtual ribbon cutting for our generous donors and will communicate when the ward is available for use.
  • Women's Locker Room
    On June 15, we opened the new women’s locker room on the first floor of the VMTH. This renovation is part of the needed infrastructure upgrades for the VMC project. You will only be able to access this room with an assignment from Personnel. Therefore, if you are interested in a obtaining a locker on the first floor, please reach out to Personnel Services (530-752-2238). You can setup a time to receive a key and a locker assignment. We will keep the Annex locker room operational as well.

June 9, 2020

  • COVID-19 Update - Health Screening Before Entering VMTH

    Additional safety measures have been implemented for all personnel, students and visitors of the VMTH. Before leaving home, an online symptom survey must be completed. If your screening is approved, you may proceed to work at the VMTH. You will enter in one of three areas: CCAH front door, east door of the VMTH Pritchard building (near the annex), or the west door of the Pritchard building (LAC entrance). These stations will be staffed 6-10 a.m., and 2:30-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (instructions will be available at these entrances for self check-in outside of these hours). You will need your identification badge to enter the hospital - please allow approximately 10 extra minutes to get through the health screening entry points and check-in process. The results of the survey apply for 24 hours, after which you need to repeat the survey. If your health screening is “not approved”, you must remain home and contact your supervisor for instructions. Learn more about the health screening survey.

May 11, 2020

  • COVID-19 Update

    As we gradually increase patient receiving in the hospital over coming weeks, our major concern is maintaining the safety of our personnel. We will continue to emphasize the importance of physical distancing, good hand hygiene and environmental cleaning. We encourage services to evaluate their usual routines and consider if they can make changes that will promote greater physical distancing. Holding case discussions in a larger room or outside, avoid working on medical records in the same room as others need to provide patient care, etc. Please think about physical distancing as you move around the hospital. If a room already has several people present, consider returning at a later time or waiting until someone leaves. Do not walk through rooms occupied by people if there is an alternative route. Do not visit other areas of the hospital unless there is an important reason to do so and you cannot achieve the same goal with a phone call. Please continue to follow the hospital policy and Yolo County mandate to wear a face covering whenever physical distancing is not possible, this would include when moving around the hospital as unintended interactions with others could easily occur. We ask that you only come to the VMTH if you are scheduled on clinical duty. We appreciate that these working conditions can be challenging and we want to thank everyone for maintaining our usual standards of exceptional patient care throughout this period.

April 22, 2020

  • COVID-19 Update
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the VMTH leadership is continuously re-evaluating recommendations from public health officials, the CDC, WHO, and AVMA amongst others. The guidelines presented here are fluid, based on what our current state of knowledge is, and may change as the recommendations from the aforementioned agencies change. Realizing there are multiple sources of information and various practices being enacted by different veterinary facilities, we seek to clarify the guidelines for the VMTH.
    Some of the strategies we continue to undertake include:
    •    As of April 15, following acquisition of sufficient provisions for all hospital personnel, everyone is required to wear a face covering in communal areas of the hospital when physical distancing (6 feet) is not possible or reasonable. This is in an effort to protect those around us from asymptomatic transmission. Facemasks are available from Central Service.
    •    In accordance with campus directives, the VMTH permits continuation of critical clinical research efforts (including formal clinical trials and other clinical research studies) only on patients that were previously enrolled in studies and where delaying treatment or laboratory testing will lead to adverse patient outcomes or significantly impact the outcome of the trial and render previous work invalid. New patients should not be enrolled into clinical research studies during this period. The VMTH laboratory services will not accept research samples for processing unless they are part of an existing clinical trial with previously enrolled patients.
    •    Currently, public health officials nationwide emphasize that based on all available literature, there is no evidence that animals are important as sources of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, either as fomites or shedders of virus, and that human-to-human interactions drive transmission. Experimental infections should not be considered representative of the “field” situation. Until more evidence is available, to err on the side of caution, VMTH protocol is that animals that live indoors with owners that have current illness be decontaminated using Chlorox® hydrogen peroxide wipes on admission to the hospital as possible.
    •    Clients are not allowed to enter the VMTH. Exceptions for this rule would include: clients whose animals are to be euthanized, clients who are considering euthanasia, or clients who have critically ill animals whose survival is not expected. Those clients should be escorted to a designated visitation area while staff maintain appropriate physical distancing.
    •    We are planning an increase in services starting on May 4 and will be communicating this plan next week once it has been solidified.

March 16, 2020

  • COVID-19 Update
    Due to developing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, including adhering to social distancing and limiting public gatherings, the VMTH is altering its patient receiving schedule to operate on a limited patient receiving basis, concentrating on urgent or critical appointments. The ER will remain open 24/7 for emergent medical concerns. Most appointments scheduled for the weeks of March 16 and March 23 will be rescheduled. Clients are currently being contacted regarding cancellations and will be contacted at a future date to be determined to reschedule. Clients continuing to come to the VMTH will be asked to wait outside the hospital to avoid congregating in waiting rooms. VMTH Laboratory services are operating on a limited basis with all lab testing for research projects being temporarily halted. The VMTH Pharmacy will reach out to clients needing prescription medications. We are encouraging mail options for those needing refills rather than coming to the hospital. All Pet Loss Support Group meetings and An Evening With Vet Med lectures have been indefinitely postponed. Please see the school’s Coronavirus Resources page for more information.

February 26, 2020

  • Feline Treatment and Housing Suite (Ward 3 Redesign)
    Construction on the new Feline Treatment and Housing Suite (Ward 3 redesign) is nearing completion. We anticipate opening the ward in late March/early April. The Dean’s Office and the Advancement Team will host a grand opening ceremony to celebrate the occasion with refreshments for staff, as well as a tour for donors responsible for helping to create the new space. We look forward to the increased efficiency the ward will provide our technicians as they care for hospitalized cats.

January 14, 2020

  • Feline Treatment and Housing Suite (Ward 3 Redesign)
    Construction on the new Feline Treatment and Housing Suite (Ward 3 redesign) is nearing completion, with finishing touches being applied to the walls and the installation of cages, cabinets and other equipment to follow. We anticipate the room to be complete in February and look forward to the increased efficiency it will provide our technicians as they care for hospitalized cats.

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  • VMTH Voice

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

  • VMTH Heartbeat

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. 

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