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Can Pets Contract Coronavirus from Humans or Vice Versa?

February 06, 2020
Dr. Niels Pedersen, a distinguished emeritus professor at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and a renowned expert on infectious and immunologic diseases in dogs and cats, says our pets are not at risk of contracting COVID-19.

Marburg Virus Found in Sierra Leone Bats

February 04, 2020
Scientists have detected Marburg virus in fruit bats in Sierra Leone, marking the first time the deadly virus has been found in West Africa.

Sports Medicine Specialists Help Horse Reach Peak Performance

February 04, 2020
Fred, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding, had a successful 2019 show season in three-day eventing at the “preliminary” level. With the goal of moving up to the “intermediate” and then the “advanced” levels next season, Fred’s owner proactively sought to have him evaluated by the specialists in the Equine Integrative Sports Medicine Service at the UC Davis veterinary hospital.

In Memoriam—Dr. Hanspeter Witschi

January 28, 2020
Hanspeter Witschi, MD, professor emeritus in the Department of Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, and the Division of Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, passed away on January 18.  

In Memoriam—Dr. Robert (Bob) Leighton

January 28, 2020
We are saddened to share that Dr. Robert (Bob) Leighton passed away on January 22.  He would have been 103 next month.

Multiple Specialists Collaborate to Remove Cancerous Tumor from Cat’s Chest

January 28, 2020
When Martin and Elisa Edwards of Berkeley, California visited an animal shelter ten years ago looking for a cat to adopt, one eager kitten took it upon himself to speed up the process and jumped on Elisa’s lap to introduce himself. The Edwards had found their new cat, along with his sister, and adopted them both. Tilden and Tess, now 10 years old, have enjoyed good lives with the Edwards. That is until about a year ago when Tilden started to get picky about his food.

Associate Professor Chris Barker Named as Chancellor's Fellow

January 22, 2020
UC Davis has named its new class of Chancellor’s Fellows, including the school's Associate Professor Chris Barker, marking the 20th anniversary of the program that provides philanthropic support to exceptional early career faculty members. 

Surgery Reverses Puppy’s Heart Failure

January 16, 2020
When Ernesto and Chelsea Torres received Riley as a young puppy, they had no idea she had a congenital heart defect. The 4-month-old German shepherd was getting her first immunizations when her veterinarian discovered she had a loud heart murmur. He immediately referred Riley to the Cardiology Service at the UC Davis veterinary hospital.

Why are Irish Setters so Red?

January 14, 2020
Geneticists at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine now have an answer for why some dogs have more intense coat colors than others.

Celebrating National One Health Awareness Month in January

January 10, 2020
As we start a new decade, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is participating in a national campaign to promote the value of One Health, a collaborative approach to finding new solutions that benefit animal, human and environmental health.

Mare Nurses Foal While Battling Life Threatening Injury, Adopts Another

December 23, 2019
Meringue, a 23-year-old Davenport Arabian mare, was found with her head stuck in her stall door. Her owner, Michael Bowling, had to use fence cutters to open the gate. Once her head was freed from the gate, Meringue went down on her right side and was unable to get up. Bowling, a UC Davis veterinary hospital client for nearly 40 years, called the Equine Field Service, which immediately dispatched veterinarians and a team of veterinary students to his ranch.

Mountain Gorilla Numbers on the Rise

December 16, 2019
A new survey conducted by Gorilla Doctors shows that mountain gorilla numbers have increased in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, and Sarambwe Reserve, DR Congo. When combined with the 2015-2016 population survey results of 604 mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif, the total world population of endangered mountain gorillas now stands at 1,063. 

Dr. Mathieu Spriet Becomes Founding Member of Equine Imaging Specialty

December 13, 2019
Dr. Mathieu Spriet, an associate professor in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, recently passed boarding examinations to become a founding member of the American College of Veterinary Radiology’s (ACVR) new subspecialty of Equine Diagnostic Imaging.