Large Animal

Champion Show and Breeding Goat Saved from Cancer

Social Issues, a 7-year-old Saanen doe goat, has a rich history as a champion show goat and a valuable member of owner Scott Bice’s small genetic show herd, Vineyard View Dairy Goats. She has won “Best Udder in Show” at the California State Fair several times and is also a national champion. Her milk has been used for products of Bice’s sister’s company, Redwood Hill Farms, makers of goat yogurt and kefir. But when Social Issues was recently diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer) on her udder, her future was in jeopardy.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work  

Make no bones about it, the researchers at the UC Davis J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory (VORL) are a team. They’re the first to point out that the collaborative environment, along with help from supporters like the CCAH, are key to translating science to improved patient care. 

Dedicated Team Points Equine Athlete in Right Direction

The past two years have been difficult for Ravella, an 11-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare and dressage athlete. She battled multiple lameness-causing injuries that nearly permanently sidelined her, but because of a diligent rider/handler, a caring owner, and a dedicated veterinary team, she is on the road to recovery with a bright athletic future. And more athletes like Ravella can look forward to similar results with coming advancements to UC Davis’ treatment facilities for equine athletes.

UC Davis Plays Significant Role in 50% Decline in California Racehorse Fatalities

The California Horse Racing Board recently reported a 50% decline in equine fatalities in California horse racing, dropping from 144 to 72 over the past two years. Trending downward since 2005, the number of equine fatalities declined by an impressive 40 percent over the last fiscal year alone. Decades-long efforts, many in partnership with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, contributed to this progress.

Dr. Mathieu Spriet Selected to Australian Horse Racing Panel

UC Davis veterinary radiologist and pioneering researcher of equine PET scanning, Dr. Mathieu Spriet was recently selected as one of three veterinary specialists who will review all diagnostic imaging of horses competing in Australia’s 2021 Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.

Equine Specialists Host EHM Webinar for Horse Owners

On April 6, 2021, equine specialists from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for Equine Health, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, and the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory joined with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to present “Update on Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy for Horse Owners.”

Getting Bella Back on Her Feet

Bella, a 20-year-old miniature donkey jenny, was brought to the UC Davis veterinary hospital for severe lameness and abnormally shaped hooves on all four feet.

Equine Specialists Host EHM Webinar for Veterinarians

On March 26, 2021, equine specialists from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for Equine Health, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, and the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory joined with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to present “Update on Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy for Equine Practitioners.”