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MPVM graduate nominated as USDA undersecretary of food safety

The US Department of Agriculture has nominated UC Davis Master in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) graduate Dr. Jose Emilio Esteban for the position of undersecretary for food safety. Esteban, a veterinarian who trained at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, has two degrees from UC Davis, an MPVM and a Ph.D. in epidemiology.

Resident Turkey Vultures Get New Exhibit at California Raptor Center

The three resident turkey vultures at the California Raptor Center (CRC) got new digs this summer! Thanks to a generous grant from the McBeth Foundation, the center staff worked with the cage design company Corners Limited, Inc. to design an exhibit to house Juliet (28+ years old, wing injury) and Merry and Pippin (3-year-old siblings, human imprinted). The cage was installed in July 2021. 

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.

Chlamydia Infections Documented in Raptors

As colder weather arrives in California, UC Davis researchers urge wildlife rehabilitators and veterinary professionals working with raptors to take extra health precautions against a Chlamydia strain found in several species that might potentially cause serious disease in humans as well.

Crude Awakenings

Western snowy plovers, listed as federally threatened under the Endangered Species Act and considered a “species of special concern” in California, were some of the animals rescued by OWCN wildlife responders during the Orange County oil spill. 

A Dog’s Tale of Her Journey Back to Health

Sadie Mae, a Catahoula/Rottweiler mix, narrates a tale of her journey through cancer treatments. Along the way, she tells you of her relationship with her owner and the care she got at the UC Davis veterinary hospital.

Fall Faculty Reception 2021

The school held its annual Fall Faculty Reception on October 28 and acknowledged those in outgoing and incoming leadership roles, while honoring others with awards for excellence in teaching, research and service.

Surgery Saves Puppy in Congestive Heart Failure

When George William, a now 6-month-old wirehaired pointing Griffon, was brought to his first veterinary appointment as a new puppy, a heart murmur was discovered. His general practitioner told owners Teresa and Paul Struffert that it was very serious, and they needed to take George William to the Cardiology Service at the UC Davis veterinary hospital.

Fungal Outbreak in Marine Mammals Began on Land

In the early 2000s, a fungus infected hundreds of animals and people in British Columbia and Washington State. Scientists found that the disease also killed porpoises and dolphins in the Salish Sea – perhaps affecting cetaceans even earlier than people.