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In Memoriam—Dr. Leland ‘Skip’ Carmichael

July 30, 2020
We are sad to announce the passing of Dr. Leland E. (Skip) Carmichael, an esteemed UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine alum from the Class of 1956. He died peacefully on Monday, July 27, in Ithaca, NY, at the age of 90.

Dr. Jeffrey Stott Recognized for Contributions to Graduate Student Advising and Mentoring

July 28, 2020
UC Davis Graduate Studies recently honored 34 faculty members with Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Awards, including Dr. Jeffrey Stott, a professor in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, and member of the Graduate Group in Integrative Pathobiology.

Study Links Bone Loss to Proximal Sesamoid Bone Fractures in California Racehorses

July 28, 2020
A recent study by Sarah Shaffer, Dr. Susan Stover and colleagues at the J.D. Wheat Orthopedic Laboratory at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine sought to characterize bone abnormalities that precede proximal sesamoid bone (PSB) fractures and determine if pre-existing abnormalities are associated with these fractures. The group retrospectively studied cases from California Thoroughbred racehorses that died from PSB fractures, and controls that died for other reasons.

Dean Lairmore's COVID-19 Update - July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020

This past week has brought more concerning news to all of us about the recent resurgence of COVID cases in California, and nationally. The continuing challenges our nation faces, as we all attempt to control the pandemic, are complicated by multiple factors, including misinformation about control measures and resource limitations to adequately address the spread of the infection. We find ourselves facing an unprecedented challenge to continue to fulfill our obligations as an essential workforce and our important role to educate the next generation of veterinarians and scientists.

Residents Win National Internal Medicine Awards

July 23, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many veterinary conferences have turned to virtual versions to share best practices, earn continuing education credits, and recognize colleagues for their achievements. At this year’s virtual 2020 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine annual conference, two UC Davis residents earned research awards. Cardiology resident Dr. Ashley Sharpe and livestock medicine resident Dr. Suzanne Clergue both won the Research Poster Presentation Award.

Swift Care Saves Newborn Calves from Deadly Infections

July 23, 2020
The Schuler Ranch in Yuba City is a small beef cattle operation with about 25 head of shorthorns. The 2020 calving season started out as normal as any calving season of the past, with four healthy calves being born, including a set of twins. When the next group of cows calved, five of their newborns became ill at the same time. It was clear that something devastating could be going through their small herd and could wipe it out quickly. After onsite veterinary services could not save one of the sick calves, they rushed the four others to the Large Animal Clinic (LAC) at the UC Davis veterinary hospital.

Third Opinion on Cancer Diagnosis Offers Life Saving Options

July 16, 2020
In 2015, Izzie, a 6-year-old female yellow Labrador retriever, was a typical active Lab. She loved playing ball, chasing birds, and swimming. When her owners, Morgan and George Birdsong, noticed a tumor growing on her head, they immediately took her to their veterinarian. After diagnosing it as a mast cell tumor, Izzie’s primary veterinarian and a second opinion both offered palliative care as the best option, not giving her very long to live. At this point, Izzie’s tumor had grown to the size of a tennis ball.

Dean Lairmore's COVID-19 Update—July 13, 2020

July 13, 2020
Our current COVID-19 pandemic has caused all of us to change our plans and adjust to a new reality. As we renew our operations and plan for the new school year, I want to thank you for your patience and the adjustments you’ve made as we navigate these extraordinary times.

In Memoriam—Dr. Gordon Theilen

July 07, 2020

UPDATE: A memorial service is scheduled for Oct 25, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88417572539 For those unable to attend, it will be recorded.

We are sad to announce the passing of Dr. Gordon Theilen on June 30th at the age of 92. As one of the school’s distinguished emeritus professors, Theilen was internationally renown as a veterinary comparative scientist and a pioneer in the field of veterinary clinical oncology.

Equine PET Scanner Making Big Strides at Santa Anita Park

July 01, 2020
The equine Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner pioneered by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with LONGMILE Veterinary Imaging, is now in heavy use at Santa Anita Park in Southern California. In just over six months since the installation in December 2019, with the financial support from the Stronach Group, more than 100 scans have been performed with the “MILEPET” (Molecular Imaging of Limbs in Equids), the PET scanner specifically designed to acquire images on horses without the need to lay them down.

Raw Milk May Do More Harm Than Good

July 01, 2020
Raw or unpasteurized cows’ milk from U.S. retail stores can hold a huge amount of antimicrobial-resistant genes if left at room temperature, according to a new study from UC Davis researchers.

Surgery and Chemotherapy Utilized to Avoid Amputation of Dog’s Paw

June 25, 2020
When Violet, 2-year-old female French bulldog, was rescued by Alyssa Sterns, she had already been through more health problems than any young dog should. Overbred by a breeder, Violet developed hip dysplasia and had undergone surgery on both hips. Now, she developed a mast cell tumor on the paw of her left hind limb. Violet’s veterinarian informed Sterns that the tumor would be difficult to remove without amputating the paw, which was not ideal given her hip problems. So, Sterns took Violet to the UC Davis veterinary hospital for a second opinion.