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School Donates Supplies to Medical Center

March 26, 2020
The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is donating thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment to UC Davis Health to aid in their efforts to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

UC Davis Researchers Race to Develop Coronavirus Solutions

March 25, 2020
Clinical pathologists, infectious disease physicians and scientists at the UC Davis Medical Center, School of Medicine, California National Primate Research Center and Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases (a unique partnership between the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine) are collaborating on new reagents, diagnostic tests and a vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Their goal is to unravel the biology and infectious pathology of this new virus, and to develop means for prevention and ultimately treatment. 

Information on Animals in Regards to COVID-19

March 19, 2020
Many animal owners have been concerned about the possibility of their animals contracting the coronavirus. Dr. Jane Sykes, an internal medicine specialist with special interest in infectious diseases, and the Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital has conducted several media interviews recently to discuss the subject. We will continue to update this page with more media on animals and COVID-19 throughout the pandemic.

COVID-19-related update from UC Davis Veterinary Medicine

March 19, 2020

To the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine community:

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are keeping the safety of our people and animals and our role in public health foremost in our minds. In this critical period, I want you to know how much we value your support. UC Davis Veterinary Medicine would not exist without its alumni, clients, volunteers, donors and friends.

Bearded Dragon’s Oral Diseases Treated

March 17, 2020
Rex, a 5-year-old male bearded dragon, was brought to the UC Davis veterinary hospital following a period of inappetence, lethargy, and dehydration. His mouth appeared very unhealthy, and his owners were concerned that it was the primary cause of his lack of desire to eat and drink. They hoped that the veterinarians in the Companion Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery Service could help.

Veterinary Scientists Successfully Advance Treatment for Feline Chronic Gingivostomatitis

March 16, 2020

Veterinary scientists at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have completed a multicenter clinical trial testing the use of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs) to treat a debilitating oral disease in cats. Having previously found positive results in a trial performed exclusively at UC Davis, the team of veterinarians and researchers found similar positive results when expanding the trial to another veterinary school and two private veterinary clinics.

DVM Student Helps Manage Coronavirus Outbreak at the CDC

March 03, 2020
Nicole Cady, Class of 2020, recently spent a few weeks involved in managing the novel coronavirus outbreak from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta as an Epidemiology Elective Program Student.

UC Davis Announces Two Summer Programs: Veterinary Business and Entrepreneurship

March 03, 2020
Whether they go into practice or stay in academia, most veterinarians come to their careers because they love animals—but they may not have the skill set to build a practice or commercialize their innovations. That’s where UC Davis can help with two summer programs: its popular Foundations of Veterinary Business Program and the new National Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy.

The Promise of Stem Cell Therapy: What We Know and Don’t Know About These Exciting Cells

February 27, 2020

“My personal aim with stem cells is not to improve: I use it to cure. It’s ambitious, but that’s where we need to be,” said Dr. Boaz Arzi, director of the UC Davis Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures. “Stem cells do offer promise for many disorders that were previously not considered curable. But giving any regenerative therapy should be based on proper science and proper clinical trials. I think this is what we need to convey to the pet owner: not to be at full expectation, but also not to lose the excitement and the promise that it offers.”

Are Cats the ‘Canary in the Coal Mine’ for Wildfire Effects on Human Health?

February 26, 2020
Cats who suffered burns and smoke inhalation in recent California wildfires also had a high incidence of heart problems, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. The study represents the first published research to come from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine on feline victims of California wildfires and was recently published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Dog Continues to Fight Cancer Following Treatment to Avoid Amputation

February 25, 2020
Whoudini, a 14-year-old male Jack Russell terrier, has lived quite the life. With his owner Maia Bailey since he was 4 weeks old, the little escape artist was aptly named because he constantly found a way to separate himself from the rest of the litter. “Even though he was the runt, he was strong and fiercely independent,” said Bailey. “It was love at first sight, and we’ve been inseparable ever since.”

Wildfire Smoke Carries Long-term Health Impacts

February 24, 2020
Smoke from wildfires may have long-term health effects, according to research on juvenile monkeys. The results were presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Seattle by the school's Professor Lisa Miller.

Veterinarians Use Artificial Intelligence to Aid in the Diagnosis of Addison’s Disease

February 13, 2020

Veterinarians at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have developed an algorithm utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) to detect Addison’s disease, a rare, life-threatening illness in dogs. Addison’s disease, also known as hypoadrenocorticism, is a condition that results in a lack of critical hormones, which are needed to maintain health.

Surgeons Help Acutely Paralyzed Dog Walk Again

February 12, 2020
Dog owner Rob Beasom and his wife were out of town when they received a frantic call from their dog sitter. Barley, their 3-year-old male French bulldog, severely hurt himself while jumping off the couch, rendering him paralyzed in his back legs. Beasom immediately made plans to return home and called Barley’s primary veterinarian. After Beasom described the situation, the veterinarian told him to take Barley to the UC Davis veterinary hospital.