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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.

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.