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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.

Alumnus Kimberly Dodd Slated to Serve as MSU Dean

Dr. Kimberly Dodd, DVM, PhD, MS has been recommended to serve as the new dean of MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, effective August 1. Pending board approval, she will succeed Doug Freeman, who has served as interim dean since April 2023.

Pet Owners: Watch Out for Foxtail Seed Pods That Can Harm Your Dog or Cat This Summer

Across much of the United States, spring is in full force. With warmer weather, people are taking their furry family members out on longer walks and spending more time outside. Alongside blooming flowers and trees, your pet might run into a small, unassuming grass seed pod known as a foxtail. Despite the cute name, foxtails can pose a major threat to your pet’s health.