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New Barn Owl Statue “Pepper” Greets Visitors to the California Raptor Center

What was once a massive pepper tree at the entrance of the California Raptor Center—felled because of a storm in recent years—has been replaced by a statue of a majestic barn owl named “Pepper.” His wings elegantly stretch out and feet appear to perch on a branch.

Observing that there was no object to capture visitors’ attention at the entrance of the raptor center, volunteer Kritika Bala took it upon herself to design a statue that would greet visitors.

“I wanted something big and colorful that would just catch attention,” she said. 

Vet Aide Club Assists Undergrads Along Career Path

Any undergraduate who has dreamed of becoming a veterinarian knows that the journey to applying and being accepted into a veterinary school is an arduous journey. At UC Davis, undergrads have an opportunity to prepare for that journey with the help of the Vet Aide Club—a student-run club with a long history of preparing its members to be competitive in animal care fields through hands-on experience, mentorship, and guidance.

Pint, UC Davis' Beloved Wonder Dog, Passes Away

UC Davis mourns the loss of Pint, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever who captured the hearts of Aggies for over a decade. Pint passed away on May 19 at the age of 14 ½ years from metastatic lung cancer.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Horse Hooves

We have all heard the saying “No hoof, no horse.” Hoof care is a vital part of ensuring horse health, but the best ways to keep hooves healthy are often hotly debated. We worked with UC Davis veterinary hospital farrier Shane Westman, APF-I, to share ten things you might not know about horse hooves.

Monty the Python Has Cancerous Tumor Removed

Monty, a 9-year-old male ball python, has been with owner Teena Fultz for five years. Already dubbed Monty when she received him, the snake got to keep his famous moniker as Fultz appreciated the humor behind it. They have been constant companions since.

In Memoriam, Dr. Roy Bellhorn

Courtesy of the Davis Enterprise

We mourn the passing of Dr. Roy Bellhorn, an avid educator, clinician, researcher, philanthropist, volunteer and chorister. He was a kind man with a gentle sense of humor, and will be missed by his colleagues, friends, and family.

Veterinary Teaching Innovation Wins Prize at Big Bang! Business Competition

Team members from the veterinary school community took home the $12,500 Animal Health Award from the 24th annual Big Bang! Business Competition on Tuesday, May 21. Their collaboration, known as Equine Teaching Innovations, created a silicone injection pad that enables student animal health professionals to learn basic injection skills in a life-like way without injecting a live animal.

Congratulations to the Class of 2024!

Congratulations to the Class of 2024 who received their degrees from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in its 74th Commencement Ceremony held at the Mondavi Center on May 24th. Among those graduating were 145 DVM students, 31 residents and 17 students in the Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine program.

When Should You Neuter or Spay Your Dog?

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have updated their guidelines on when to neuter 40 popular dog varieties by breed and sex.

Dog Survives Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from House Fire

Dr. Allison O'Donnell is familiar with the UC Davis veterinary hospital, having received her veterinary degree from the school in 2023. Unfortunately, she and fiancé Matt Cardinale had to experience the hospital as clients recently when their dog Squid, a 5-year-old female husky/terrier mix, was trapped in a house fire and suffered carbon monoxide poisoning.

Spectrum of Care Initiative

The AAVMC hosted the day-long Spectrum of Care Symposium, sponsored by the Stanton Foundation, on Thursday, April 11th, 2024, as part of the AAVMC annual Catalyze Conference in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the symposium was to support CVMs interested in implementing the SOC Education Model into their curricula.