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January 03, 2017

Our Diagnostic Imaging Service plays a vital role in patient care. The advanced imaging modalities utilized at UC Davis provide for some of the most cutting-edge procedures anywhere in veterinary medicine.

Paralyzed Cat Defies Odds and Walks Again Thanks to UC Davis Neurosurgeons

January 01, 2017

Gray, a 9-month-old male cat, was found as a stray in Hawaii and taken in by his new owner. Shortly after settling in with his new family, Gray’s posture became abnormal and his hind limbs splayed outward, severely affecting his ability to walk. He was painful to the touch, and over the next few days, became increasingly immobile. Radiographs taken by a local veterinarian indicated a vertebral disc space narrowing in Gray’s lower back. Within a few days, he was no longer able to walk at all, so his owner researched where to get the best help for Gray. They were soon on their way to California to see neurologists at the UC Davis veterinary hospital.

Woodland Police K9 Officer Peydro Released from Hospital

June 06, 2016

After nine days of hospitalization, following an emergency facial procedure and spinal surgery, Woodland (CA) Police K9 Officer Peydro was discharged from the UC Davis veterinary hospital on June 6. Several police officers, family members, and well-wishers were on hand to celebrate his release. Peydro even received a police escort off campus.

Horse Receives Honorary Veterinary Degree from UC Davis

May 26, 2016

At the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine on Saturday, 137 students received their Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degrees. In a barn a few hours away, a 19-year-old Thoroughbred horse unknowingly became a doctor also. “Dr. Teddy” received an honorary degree from UC Davis for being a “Master Equine Educator” for the students, having helped them learn equine health at more than two dozen appointments and a lengthy stay at the school’s teaching hospital over the past year.  

Inspiring Letter from Grateful Client

February 25, 2016

After his dog was treated for a stroke, a grateful client wrote an inspiring letter to the hospital to thank them for their compassionate care.

UC Davis Helps Nevada Rancher Introduce Gascon Cattle to United States

January 07, 2016

When rancher Paul Plouviez—owner of the 600,000-acre Bench Creek Ranch east of Fallon, Nevada—noticed that much of the mountainous areas of his large ranch were underutilized by his cattle, he thought back to his native France. He noticed that the terrain and climate of the area, with its extremely hot summers and cold winters, closely resembled the Pyrenees mountain range in southern France. He thought Bench Creek Ranch might be ideal land to raise Gascon cattle, a breed which thrives in the Pyrenees.

Foal Born at UC Davis through Unique In-Vitro Fertilization Process

October 02, 2015

At midnight on a warm summer evening in the barns at the UC Davis veterinary hospital, a first in equine medicine at UC Davis occurred. As Dr. Bruce Christensen, chief of the hospital’s Equine Reproduction Service, watched on, a mare gave birth to the first foal ever born at UC Davis by in-vitro fertilization. Through intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), an in-vitro process of impregnating a mare was successful at the renowned veterinary school. This story’s origins, however, go back almost a quarter of a century.

UC Davis Performs Extremely Rare Heart Surgery to Save Cat

May 14, 2015
Vanilla Bean, a 1-year-old female Burmese cat from Mill Valley, California, was brought to a veterinary cardiologist for respiratory distress. The vet diagnosed her with a rare congenital heart defect that does not allow blood to flow properly through the chambers. This improper flow can cause too much blood to collect in one chamber, create pressure, enlarge it, and ultimately lead to congestive heart failure.