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Dog Battles Cancer After Family Loses Everything in Fire

The 2020 LNU Lightning Complex Fire in Northern California devastated many lives. None more so than the owners of Quinn, a 12-year-old female Labrador retriever. Just before the fire erupted, Quinn was not feeling herself and was twice taken to her primary veterinarian. After many tests, she came home on the night of August 18. That would be the last time she would be in that home.

UC Davis LIVE on COVID-19 Vaccines

Last month saw the first shots of COVID-19 vaccines being given to health care workers at UC Davis and elsewhere. What’s in these vaccines? How do they work, how effective are they, and is this really the beginning of the end of the pandemic? Join us this Thursday, Jan 14th, to hear live from two UC Davis experts in vaccines and vaccination. 

Former Resident Wins National Honor Society Research Award

Dr. Mary Thurber, DVM, DACZM, a former UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine resident in zoological medicine, was named a recipient of the 2020 Society of Phi Zeta Research Manuscript Award. Phi Zeta, the international honor society of veterinary medicine, annually recognizes two research awards in the Basic Science category and the Clinical Science category.

Novel Treatment Leads to Dog’s Recovery

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

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

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

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

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.