Large Animal

UC Davis Plays Significant Role in 50% Decline in California Racehorse Fatalities

The California Horse Racing Board recently reported a 50% decline in equine fatalities in California horse racing, dropping from 144 to 72 over the past two years. Trending downward since 2005, the number of equine fatalities declined by an impressive 40 percent over the last fiscal year alone. Decades-long efforts, many in partnership with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, contributed to this progress.

Dr. Mathieu Spriet Selected to Australian Horse Racing Panel

UC Davis veterinary radiologist and pioneering researcher of equine PET scanning, Dr. Mathieu Spriet was recently selected as one of three veterinary specialists who will review all diagnostic imaging of horses competing in Australia’s 2021 Victorian Spring Racing Carnival.

Equine Specialists Host EHM Webinar for Horse Owners

On April 6, 2021, equine specialists from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for Equine Health, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, and the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory joined with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to present “Update on Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy for Horse Owners.”

Getting Bella Back on Her Feet

Bella, a 20-year-old miniature donkey jenny, was brought to the UC Davis veterinary hospital for severe lameness and abnormally shaped hooves on all four feet.

Equine Specialists Host EHM Webinar for Veterinarians

On March 26, 2021, equine specialists from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine's Center for Equine Health, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, and the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory joined with the California Department of Food and Agriculture to present “Update on Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy for Equine Practitioners.”

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.

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.