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UC Davis Veterinary Hospital To Open Client Call Center

August 22, 2019
In order to provide better service to clients and improve clinical workflow, the UC Davis veterinary hospital is opening a new call center in late August 2019. Currently, the hospital receives upwards of 1,800 phone calls per day, fielded by 10-15 client service representatives (CSRs) at the busiest times – all of whom are physically located in one of three walk-up reception areas. The new call center will be housed away from the reception areas to give CSRs an opportunity to provide dedicated one-on-one client service.

What's Killing Sea Otters?

August 22, 2019
UC Davis scientists have pinpointed specific strains of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii that are killing southern sea otters, tracing them back to a bobcat and feral domestic cats from nearby watersheds.

Welcome to the Class of 2023!

August 20, 2019
Families, friends, faculty and staff gathered at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s event lawn last Friday evening to celebrate and welcome 148 new DVM students during the annual White Coat Ceremony.

How Housecats Are (Indirectly) Killing Monk Seals

August 14, 2019
An article in Salon describes how scientists over the last couple decades have compiled evidence that cat feces, which often drains into the ocean in coastal cities, can infect Hawaiian monk seals with toxoplasmosis — a potentially fatal disease caused by a single-cell parasite.

Dr. Ashley Hill Honored with AVES Honorary Diploma

August 13, 2019
Congratulations to Dr. Ashley Hill who was recently awarded a 2019 Honorary Diploma from the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES). She received the award at the annual meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association in Washington, D.C. 

Attacked Dog Saved by Multiple Specialists

August 07, 2019
Charlie, a 2-year-old male Maltese mix, and his owner, Tyler Wilcox, were on a routine walk in their neighborhood when Charlie was severely attacked by a much larger dog. The other dog had Charlie is his mouth—shaking him violently—and was not letting go. Wilcox was forced to intervene, having to get physical with the other dog in order to save Charlie. Charlie was rushed to the nearest veterinary clinic where he was sedated and stabilized, but it was clear that his injuries were life threatening – he would need surgery within a few hours.

Cat and Owner Both Survive Cancer

August 01, 2019
Dinx, a 10-year-old female cat, was brought to the UC Davis veterinary hospital for evaluation of a low grade soft tissue sarcoma mass on her ear that grew back after surgical removal a year prior. Most likely, another surgery would be required to remove the mass.

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Researchers’ Statement Regarding the IMM/MYH1 Genetic Test

July 25, 2019

This statement is in response to discussions that have arisen due to inaccurate IMM/MYH1 genetic test results by a non-UC Davis affiliated laboratory. UC Davis is issuing this statement because of its relationship to research related to this test, because it has its own patent-pending IMM genetic test, and because the UC Davis Veterinary Genetics Laboratory offers the test as a service.

Call for School of Veterinary Medicine / College of Engineering Design Projects

July 25, 2019
Deadline: August 30

Design faculty in the College of Engineering (COE) are soliciting project ideas that originate in an unmet need within the field of veterinary medicine. Proposals can be related to solving a clinical problem, improving patient care, or to support a clinical research program, through the development of technology, a device or system process. Since 2005, undergraduate COE students have been collaborating with clinicians and researchers in the School of Veterinary Medicine to complete their Capstone Senior Design projects.

Shelter Medicine Inspires New DVM, Sabrina Wu

July 18, 2019

When Dr. Sabrina Wu was a baby, one of her first words was ‘cat’—which is a little weird because she didn’t have any pets growing up in Southern California. But that didn’t stop her fascination with all things related to animals.

UC Davis Veterinary Hospital Recognizes Outstanding Staff

July 17, 2019
Staff members of the UC Davis veterinary hospital were recently recognized for their dedication to providing the best customer service and contribution to clinical care. Five awards were handed out during the annual hospital staff awards presentation.

UC Davis DVM Student Cara Newberry Named FFAR Vet Fellow

July 11, 2019
Congrats to Cara Newberry, Class of 2022, for being among 10 students nationally to receive an inaugural veterinary fellowship from the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) and AAVMC.

Link Between Dog Diet and Heart Disease: Information Resources

July 10, 2019
UC Davis veterinary cardiologist Dr. Joshua Stern led a team of researchers that has found a link between some popular grain-free, legume-rich dog diets and a type of nutritional deficiency and canine heart disease known as taurine-deficient dilated cardiomyopathy. The FDA took notice and issued warnings about the potential connection.