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Tracking Hummingbird Interactions at Urban Feeders

December 12, 2018
Wildlife veterinarians at the Hummingbird Health and Conservation Program in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine recently published a study describing a new system to track hummingbirds visiting feeders in urban gardens. Feeder behavior offers clues about hummingbird health, and disease transmission.

AAEP Honors SVM Alum Dr. Kent Fowler with Distinguished Service Award

December 10, 2018
The American Association of Equine Practitioners recognized a California regulatory veterinarian for his leadership and advocacy in protecting the horse from infectious diseases when presenting its 2018 Distinguished Service Award to UC Davis SVM alum Kent Fowler, DVM.

UC Davis Represented at AAEP Convention

December 07, 2018

Equine veterinarians learned about the “Madigan Foal Squeeze Technique”—a life-saving procedure to immediately treat Maladjustment Syndrome in newborn foals—in the presentation UC Davis Distinguished Professor John Madigan gave at the 64th Annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention & Trade Show, held this past week in San Francisco. Dr. Madigan was one of 13 UC Davis faculty members, residents, and researchers who presented at the convention.

UC Davis Equine Surgeons Repair Quarter Horse’s Broken Leg

November 30, 2018
Holly, a 23-year-old American quarter horse gelding, was found in his paddock lame on the right front forelimb with a wound over his elbow. The UC Davis veterinary hospital’s Equine Field Service was quickly dispatched to the ranch, and radiographs taken there revealed a fracture of the right olecranon – the curved top of the ulna in the elbow joint.

Oral Surgeons Named Founding Fellows

November 21, 2018
Two UC Davis oral surgeons are now Founding Fellows of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS). Drs. Frank Verstraete and Boaz Arzi, of the UC Davis veterinary hospital’s Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service (DOSS), were recognized at the 2018 Veterinary Dental Forum.

University of California Adds Pet Insurance Benefit for Personnel

November 08, 2018
University of California faculty, staff, and retirees can now add their four-legged family members to their insurance. Pet insurance is being offered through Nationwide with preferred pricing for two plan options — coverage for accidents and illness, or more comprehensive coverage that also includes preventive care and wellness services. Plans are available for most house pets – dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, even exotic pets such as reptiles. Animals categorized as livestock (including horses) are ineligible.

UC Davis Veterinary Orthopedic Surgeons Regrow Dog’s Leg Bone

November 05, 2018
A UC Davis veterinary patient is being described as a miracle by her owner. When Ethel, a 2-year-old Yorkshire terrier, was rescued by MaryAnn Lawson, the rambunctious pup was in a cast for a broken leg. Unfortunately, two previous surgeries failed to properly heal her broken right ulna and radius (equivalent to both bones in a human’s forearm). Lawson forged on and consulted with other veterinary orthopedic surgeons, all of whom recommended amputating the leg.

UC Davis Veterinarians Honored For Saving K-9 Officer’s Life

November 01, 2018
A San Joaquin County K-9 who nearly died in 2014 after being stabbed by a suspect, was being saved yet again, this time by the veterinary team at UC Davis. This past March, seven-year-old K-9 Haakon was taken to the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Hospital for a ruptured bladder.

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.

Honeybee Health Key to Agriculture

October 19, 2018
Bees are one of our planet's most important animals. They produce honey and they are the primary managed pollinators for a majority of high value specialty crops grown in the contiguous states of California and Oregon, such as nuts, stone fruits, vegetables, and berries. A problem looms for our animal friends, the bees. Colony losses are high due to a variety of environmental and biological causes including bacterial diseases.

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.

Visit California Raptor Center's Open House, Oct 20th

October 10, 2018

If you give a hoot about raptors, come visit the California Raptor Center’s (CRC) Open House on Saturday, Oct. 20th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We have two new owl residents for you to meet—a barred owl named Tadita, and Ember, our first barn owl education ambassador in six years! 

UC Davis Vet School Diagnostic Lab Performs Critical Disease Testing for Equine Herpesvirus

October 10, 2018
Equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) is relatively widespread in horses; approximately 60 percent of healthy horses harbor the virus. While the more common form of EHV-1 can cause respiratory illness as well as abortion, it is rarely fatal. However, a neurological strain of this virus, also known as equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM), can kill 30 to 50 percent of affected horses. That's why it is critical for the California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory to be able to use PCR testing to differentiate between strains.

Healthy Chickens Create Healthy Communities

October 10, 2018
Dr. Rodrigo Gallardo may be a poultry medicine specialist who helps improve the wellbeing of chickens through research and education, but he also sees the far-reaching impact of his role. “By helping villages in other parts of the world maintain healthier poultry flocks, we’re assisting communities as a whole,” Gallardo explained. “If families can increase egg and meat production in their chickens because they are healthier, they have more financial resources to spend on health care and sending their children to school.”

On the Hunt for Disease X

October 09, 2018
From Ebola to swine flu to HIV/Aids, viruses borne by animals have caused some of the most devastating epidemics in history. What will come next? In Sierra Leone, Joe Shute (a reporter with The Telegraph) joins PREDICT scientists working to find Disease X – a virus that is as yet undiscovered, but which could have the potential to ravage populations.