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CAHFS Team Brings Home Awards

Three members of the California Animal Health & Food Safety (CAHFS) lab team received awards at the recent virtual meeting of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians/United States Animal Health Association. Congratulations to Drs. Kris Clothier and Omar Gonzalez Viera, and Mindy Plunkett.

New Feline Facility Will Help Cats Live All Their Nine Lives

Sick cats at UC Davis now have a more dedicated space to recover. The Small Animal Clinic at the school’s veterinary hospital has opened a feline treatment and housing suite to better care for sick and injured cats. The new facility combines a hospitalization ward with examination and treatment space. Veterinarians and technicians laud the suite as the most efficient use of space and time in order to care for multiple hospitalized cats.

New Procedure More Efficient for Ovariohysterectomy on Horse

Georgia, an 18-year-old warmblood mare, was brought to the UC Davis veterinary hospital after a recent change of ownership. The previous owners disclosed she had been treated medically for chronic endometritis (inflammation of the uterine lining) over the past several years without resolution of the condition.

2020 Fall Faculty Reception

Dean Michael Lairmore welcomed new individuals to the school’s community during the annual Fall Faculty Reception on October 22 (held virtually this year) and acknowledged those in outgoing and incoming leadership roles. The school also honored faculty members with awards for excellence in teaching and research, along with others honored for their service.

In Memoriam—Dr. William R. Pritchard

Nov 15, 1924 — Oct 18, 2020

Dr. William Roy Pritchard (Bill) was a farmer, a father, a husband, a nature lover, an outdoorsman, a scientist, a military veteran, a professor and a dean. But mostly he was an achiever, leaving behind a distinguished legacy and an enormous body of work in the areas he chose to pursue. His profession, veterinary medicine, became his lifelong devotion and the pursuit of scientific innovation and the development of a world-class teaching and research program in that field was his driving force.

Oral Chemotherapy Helping Dog With Leukemia

Scruffles, a 9-year-old female Shetland sheepdog, was referred to the UC Davis veterinary hospital after her white blood cell count continued to increase. The Oncology Service performed complete blood count tests to gain a better understanding of Scruffles’ condition, as well as a test called flow cytometry, which helped determine if Scruffles was dealing with a cancer of her bone marrow (leukemia).

Researchers Identify Cause of Equine Familial Isolated Hypoparathyroidism

Researchers at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine have identified a genetic cause for the fatal condition equine familial isolated hypoparathyroidism in Thoroughbreds, marking the first genetic variant for hypoparathyroidism identified in any domestic animal species. Additionally, this is the first widely available genetic test for Thoroughbreds.

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Aims to Raise $500 Million in University’s Fundraising Campaign

The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis is taking one of the lead roles in the university’s new $2 billion fundraising campaign, “Expect Greater: From UC Davis, For the World.” This marks the largest philanthropic endeavor in the university’s history, and the school’s 25% portion of the goal is also its largest fundraising challenge.

Evening of Gratitude 2020

The school celebrated its annual Evening of Gratitude virtually on October 8 — honoring our generous donors and exceptional students, together advancing veterinary medicine into the future. Students received $6.5 million in total support this year through more than 450 awards, thanks to the generosity of individual, association and corporate donors who make new and continuing awards possible. This is another outstanding year for the school’s scholarship and fellowship program.

Newly Created Wildlife Disaster Network Aids Several Wildfire Victims

Earlier this week, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the joint formation of the Wildlife Disaster Network. The network is already aiding several animals injured in California’s latest wildfires. Network teams throughout Northern California are treating about a dozen animals at various facilities.