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Dean Lairmore's COVID-19 Update - Jan 5, 2021

January 05, 2021
We are gratified that the nation’s human health workers have begun to be vaccinated, and I want to update you on what we know regarding vaccination of veterinary health workers.

Dr. Wilson Rumbeiha Named Carnegie Fellow

January 05, 2021
Dr. Wilson K Rumbeiha from the Department of Molecular Biosciences in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine was awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program.

Novel Treatment Leads to Dog’s Recovery

December 29, 2020
Life for Miro, a 5-year-old German shepherd, has been what his owner describes as an “emotional roller coaster” over the past two years. Several peaks and valleys have dotted his metaphorical landscape as he has gone from premiere fitness to dealing with injuries and disease. But a clinical trial at the UC Davis veterinary hospital may have put him back on a positive track.

First Year of Equine PET Scans at Santa Anita is Success

December 22, 2020
One year ago, on December 12, 2019, Santa Anita Park installed the world’s first MILE-PET device, a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner specifically designed to image standing racehorses. This installation, one of several measures to reduce breakdowns at the racetrack, received a lot of attention at a time when Santa Anita was just coming out of a challenging racing season, with a cluster of horse fatalities early in the year.

UC Davis Veterinary Students Expand Care for Pets of Homeless

December 16, 2020
Crissy Phillips has been a pet owner for many years and grew up with horses and other animals. Nothing has stopped her from providing the best possible care for her animals – not homelessness, not her battle with clinical depression, and not her daily struggles to provide for them. Her dedication shines through—easily apparent as she unveils a thick file of her two cats’ medical records—and just became a bit easier with the opening of a new clinic for pets of the homeless in Davis.

Dean Lairmore's update – Dec 14, 2020

December 14, 2020
While it’s disconcerting that the county had to join the regional stay-at-home order, I am proud of the School of Veterinary Medicine and university community for our excellent overall track record in preventing COVID-19 spread.

Burned Alpacas Hospitalized for Four Months Finally Go Home

December 08, 2020

Average stay in the hospital for the more than 50,000 animals that UC Davis treats every year is less than a week. It is a rare occurrence for an animal to be hospitalized for four months, but two alpacas that the UC Davis veterinary hospital’s Large Animal Clinic treated this fall did just that. Apple Jack and Jasper became household names at the hospital, being seen by nearly every fourth-year veterinary student who had a large animal rotation. The students and technicians even decorated their barn stall for the holidays.

Training the Next Generation of Comparative Oncologists

December 04, 2020
UC Davis is taking a major leap forward in training the next generation of scientists engaged in basic and translational cancer research for animals and humans, thanks to a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) T32 grant.

What’s Killing Killer Whales?

December 02, 2020
Pathology reports on more than 50 killer whales stranded over nearly a decade in the northeast Pacific and Hawaii show that orcas face a variety of mortal threats — many stemming from human interactions.

Spread a Little Cheer for Pets of the Homeless

December 02, 2020
Mercer Clinic Holiday Pet Baskets, given to homeless people for their pets, will soon be distributed for the 26th consecutive year, thanks to volunteer elves who share an affiliation with the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

Equine Reproduction Service Updates Facilities at the Center for Equine Health

December 01, 2020
The UC Davis veterinary hospital’s Equine Reproduction Service has a newly renovated clinical teaching and research space at the school’s Center for Equine Health. Dean Michael Lairmore, Executive Associate Dean John Pascoe, and Executive Assistant Dean Mary McNally officially unveiled the newly renovated space, which includes four custom-designed stocks and all new flooring. The Equine Reproduction Service team, led by Service Chief Dr. Ghislaine Dujovne and newly acquired faculty member Dr. Pouya Dini, also has a new student meeting space and expanded laboratory as part of the renovation.

Philanthropic Partnership Helps UC Davis Advance Cancer Care

November 30, 2020
The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine recently received an additional $75,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to continue its support of pet cancer treatments at the school’s veterinary hospital.

Lessons from the Pandemic: Q&A with Dr. Jonna Mazet

November 24, 2020
What are the lessons learned from this pandemic? UC Davis Magazine interviewed two infectious disease experts, including the school's Dr. Jonna Mazet.

Dr. Lisa Miller Elected as AAAS Fellow

November 24, 2020
Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Miller, one of 11 UC Davis professors elected in this year’s class of fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.